Seven months on, no report submitted for enquiry into KVIB appointment of Mehbooba Mufti’s nephew

Enquiry team was to submit report in a month, but has not done so after 7 months have passed

Srinagar: The fate of the probe of Khadi and Village Industries Board (KVIB) selections for various posts is yet to be known as the enquiry team has not submitted its report even after seven-months have passed.

On February 25, the then chief minister Mehbooba Mufti ordered a high-level enquiry into the procedural inadequacies in the selection process of the KVIB.

She had ordered the probe following severe criticism over the appointment of her own nephew Aroot Madni (37), son of senior PDP leader Sartaj Madni as an executive officer in the board.

The enquiry is being carried by the three member panel headed R K Goyal, Principal Secretary Home Department. Its members include Dr Pawal Kotwal and Farooq Ahmad Shah.

However, the committee has missed several deadlines so far and is unsure about timing for submitting the report.

An official of the General Administration Department said that the committee was yet to submit the report. “It was to submit the report in a month and was later extended to two months. We don’t know when they will submit report neither the government is asking for,” the official said.

Another official said that enquiry report was with the probe team for examination.

The KVIB had issued an advertisement against vacancies on October 8, 2016. Shortlisted candidates took a written test in August 2017, and interviews for the position began in the last week of January. The selection process was conducted by a private recruitment agency instead of the J&K Service Selection and Recruitment Board (JKSRB).

Mehbooba Mufti’s nephew declined to accept the employment offer from the board following the controversy generated by his appointment.

The National Conference had launched a scathing attack on the PDP over alleged nepotism and malpractice in the selection of candidates.

“The KVIB list is full of appointments made on the basis of relations and affiliations to the CM’s family and party. Withdrawal of application by Sartaj Madnis son does not end the case but indicates he would not have been able to stand the scrutiny of a probe,” the party had said.

However, the PDP had termed the selection as fair, and Sartaj Madni himself has questioned whether or not the sons of politicians deserved a chance to seek employment and livelihood.


(With inputs from KNS)

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