Naeem, tough education minister yet tainted rule the roost

Bharti Jasrotia

Having promised to streamline education department, it seems not much is reaching to the ears of Minister for Education Naeem Akhtar.

Sources told Newspoint Bureau that an official of education department namely Syed Abdul Rouf, against whom inquiry was ordered for allegedly running transfer industry, was immediately transferred and posted as Joint Secretary, Examinations/ General/ Registration for Kashmir division. The transfer order was issued at a time when he was being probed for having done large scale transfers while he was posted as Chief Education Officer (CEO) Baramulla.

Rouf, against whom an inquiry had been ordered for affecting large scale transfers in education department Baramullah after his transfer, clandestinely in connivance with some officials of the CEOs office, was transferred and posted in Jammu and Kashmir State Board of School Education (JKSBSE) on March 19, 2015 vide govt order no. 102-Edu of 2015.

The order was issued by Commissioner/Secretary School Education Shaleen Kabra. According to this order, Rouf was transferred to the Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education on deputation for a period of two years as Incharge Joint Secretary (JS) Board of School Education (BOSE) Kashmir. Interestingly, Rouf joined as In-charge Joint Secretary of JKBOSE within hours of transfer order being issued from the civil secretariat, thus making it clear that he knew well in advance about his transfer.

To add to  mockery of rules and regulations, Rouf who was posted in Baramullah is yet to explain how he relieved himself of the charge of CEO Baramullah within a day and joined the BOSE office in Jammu, the same day. Not only this, officials in the Jammu and Kashmir State Board of School Education (BOSE) issued another order within 24 hours, giving the charge of the most vital section of BOSE to Syed Abdul Rouf. He was assigned the charge of Secrecy and General Section of Kashmir division vide govt no. 182-B of 2015 dated 20-03-2015.

Hence, the board gave Rouf the charge of critical component of Board of School Education without even waiting for 24 hours. 7 days after him joining BOSE, the then Deputy Commissioner Baramullah Peerzada Mushtaq Ahmad had ordered inquiry against Syed Abdul Rouf. According to the order issued by DC Baramullah, a three member committee had been constituted to conduct an In-depth enquiry into the large scale transfers which were ordered by Rouf.

Vide order no. DCB/PS/14113-18 dated 26-03-2015; Deputy Commissioner (DC) referred to the reports, according to which it had been alleged that ex-Chief Education Officer (CEO) Syed Abdul Rouf had affected large scale transfers in education department Baramullah clandestinely in connivance with some officials of the CEOs office. Reports further maintained that transfers so effected had been given back dates and there are reports that there was large scale corruption in effecting these transfers.

Deputy Commissioner had said that hundreds of teachers approached his office in this regard and alleged that a number of transfers had been affected in violation of government’s transfer policy. Such was the urgency that Rouf even issued transfer orders of the Rehber-e-Taleem teachers in complete contravention of the policy already in place for these appointments.

In order to ascertain factual position, a three member committee was constituted to conduct an In-depth enquiry into the matter. Additional Deputy Commissioner Baramulla was appointed as Convenor while the two other members are Joint Director Planning Baramulla and Assistant Director, Employment & Counselling Centre Baramulla. Committee has asked to seize all the records of CEO office Baramulla and find out transfer orders Issued between 1-2-2015 to 20-3-2015.

Committee had also been asked to scrutinize other relevant records of CEOs office and get leads from the orders furnished by various teachers to District Administration. Pending enquiry, DC had then ordered that all the transfer orders issued by the Ex-Chief Education Officer (CEO) between the aforementioned periods shall remain in abeyance till further orders. Yet the School Education department transferred Rouf and made him incharge Joint Secretary in the Board of School Education (BOSE), thus giving a clear indication that none would be penalised till they are not proven guilty.

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