KVIB Selection: CM orders probe as row pushes Govt on back-foot

The government spokesperson and senior PDP minister Naem Akhter said that the Chief Secretary BB Vyas-led committee has been asked to probe the entire selection process.

Muddasir Ali
Srinagar, Publish Date: Feb 25 2018 6:54PM | Updated Date: Feb 25 2018 6:54PM
KVIB Selection: CM orders probe as row pushes Govt on back-footKVIB Selection: CM orders probe as row pushes Govt on back-foot

Under fire over “fraudulent” selection of ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) vice-president’s son for a top post in J&K Khadi and Village Board Industry (KVIB) the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday ordered a high level probe into the selection.

Syed Aroot Madni son of Sartaj Madni, who is maternal uncle of Mehbooba, has been selected as executive officer in the KVIB. But his selection has led to allegations of nepotism against the government.

The government spokesperson and senior PDP minister Naem Akhter said that the Chief Secretary BB Vyas-led committee has been asked to probe the entire selection process.

The committee has been asked to furnish its report in a short time, said an official release issued by the government.

In a twist to the selection, 37-year old Aroot, who is cousin of the Chief Minister, has declined to take the job amid mounting criticism.

“Aroot Madni has voluntarily declined to take the job and hence there is no need for probe now,” said PDP chief spokesperson Muhammad Rafi Mir. However a senior official rebutted Mir saying the probe would go on.

Even the former Chief Minister and opposition National Conference working President reacted to the junior Madni’s selection, terming it as “fraud and nepotism” and demanded a High Court Investigation into the selection.

“Why should the probe be withdrawn? Madni declining the job doesn’t wash away the fraud and nepotism,” he tweeted.

On the other hand Omar’s party National Conference demanded resignation of KVIB chairman Peerzada Mansoor who is also general secretary PDP while saying that the offer by junior Madni indicates the fraud.

“The KVIB list is full of appointments made on the basis of relations and affiliations top the CM’s family and party (PDP). Withdrawal of application by Sartaj Madni’s son doesn’t end the case but indicates that he wouldn’t have been able to stand the scrutiny of a probe,” read party’s official twitter handle.

As the controversy over the selection process refuses to die down it has now come to fore that that questions had been raised by a senior official involved in the selection process, which had been outsourced to a recruiting agency, in November 2017. And even the marks distribution for written examination, interview and experience was 60:30:10 respectively had also come under question.

As per the standard procedure followed by state’s own recruitment agencies, J&K service selection board and Public Service Commission only 20 marks are to be kept for the interviews for such examinations. The increase in the number of marks for interview has also been questioned by the candidates.

A source said while Aroot, who figured in final selection list, wasn’t among top candidates shortlisted for the interviews, he however finished second in the interview. In the final selection list he also figured at Serial No 2.

Director KVIB Rashid Qadri said they were only handed over the final selection list. “We were not involved in the selection process at any stage,” he said.

Meanwhile a separate selection list issued by social welfare department’s for the posts of Health and Nutrition Mobilizes has triggered massive outrage on social media sites with netizens questioning selection of KVIB vice chairman Mansoor Hussain’s daughter for the post.    

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