Then Project Officer CARDA arrested by Vigilance

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Jammu Tawi, April 27
Vigilance Organization today arrested then Project officer Command Area rural Development Agency) Jammu (CARDA) Anil John presently posted as Dy. Secretary to Govt. Floriculture Deptt. for his involvement for recommending appointments in CARDA.
Spokesman of vigilance organization said that during verification conducted by Vigilance Organization into the allegations of illegal appointments by Anil John then Project Officer CARDA (Command Area rural Development Agency) Jammu, has revealed that on 09.02.2008 Anil John then Project Officer CARDA proposed/recommended the appointment of S. Charanjeet Singh S/O S. Ujjaagar Singh R/o Gondia, R. S Pura against the post of Jamadar, Sardar Sikandar Hiyat Khan S/O Mumtaz Khan R/O Surankot against the post of Orderly, Mohd. Iqbal S/O Mohd Hussain R/O Sarsot, Mahore, District Udhampur against the post of Chowkidar along with two other candidates.
The then Chairman CARDA Jammu Manzoor Ahmad Shah approved the proposal/recommendation of Anil John Project Officer for the appointment of above mentioned three candidates on stop gap/need basis till confirmation by the Governing body. Subsequently, upon approval of Anil John, Project Officer, issued the appointment orders of Mohd Iqbal, S/O Mohd Hussain R/O Village Sarsot Mahore District Udhampur as Chowkidar vide order No. CARDA/2007-08/756-58 dated 16/02/2008 in pay scale of Rs. 2550-55-3200, Sardar Sikandar Hiyat Khan S/o Mumtaz Khan R/O Surankote Poonch as orderly vide order No. CARDA/2007-08/829-31 dated 25/03/2008, in pay scale of Rs. 2550-55-3200 and S. Charanjeet Singh S/o S. Ujjagar Singh R/o Village Gohdia, R. S Pura, Jammu as orderly vide order No. CARDA/2007-08/804-06 dated 07/03/2008 in pay scale of Rs. 2550-55-3200 and later on S. Charanjeet Singh S/o Ujjagar Singh R/O Village Gondia, R. S Pura, Jammu was adjusted as driver in higher pay scale of Rs. 3050-75-4910 retrospectively without seeking any approval from competent authorities. It is pertinent to mention here that S. Charanjeet Singh S/o S. Ujjagar Singh R/o Village Gondla, R. S Pura, Jammu was initially proposed to be appointed against the post of Jamadar whereas he was appointed as orderly by Anil John, Project Officer and subsequently adjusted as driver without any revised approval.

Verification has further revealed that Advertisement for the appointment of three post of Chowkidar/Orderlies was got published in a lesser known Newspaper “The Daily TEEVRA YUG Jammu (J&K)” in order to give less publicity for filling up the vacancy. The vacant posts have not been referred to the Recruitment Board. The Govt. of India Ministry of Rural Development has barred DRDA’s from making any direct recruitment but has recommended that the State Govt. shall fill up vacant posts as per their recruitment rules. Thus the laid down procedure/norms were deliberately ignored by the above mentioned public servants with ulterior motive to cause favoritism and give undue benefit to above mentioned beneficiaries/appointee.

Another Verification conducted by Vigilance Organization into the allegations of backdoor appointments by Anil John then Project Officer CARDA Jammu has revealed that Sh Anil John as Project Officer DRDA Samba on 06/10.2008 moved a proposal before Project Director DRDA Samba for making appointment of Miss Sonika Bhagat D/o J.L Bhagat R/o Kabir Colony Bari Brahmana as Junior Assistant on temporary basis and till approval by Governing body, which was approved by Kuldeep Khajuria the then Project Director DRDA Samba on the same day and consequently vide order No. DRDA Samba /2008-09/Estt/194-95 dated 07/10/2008 issued by Anil John whereby Miss Sonika Bhagat D/o Joginder Lal Bhagat R/O Kabir Colony Bari Brahmana was appointed as Junior Assistant in the pay scale of Rs. 3050-4590.

The verification reveals that no Advertisement was made for filling of the post of Junior Assistant in order to avoid wide publicity and competition for filling up the vacancy. The vacant post has not been referred to the Recruitment Board. The Govt. of India (Ministry of Rural Development) has barred DRDA’s from making any direct recruitment but has recommended that the State Govt shall fill up vacant posts as per recruitment rules. Thus the laid down procedure/norms were deliberately ignored by the above public servants with ulterior motive and to cause favoritism and undue benefit to Miss Sonika Bhagat.

Accordingly two case FIRs bearing No. 15/2017 and 16/2017 P/S VOJ have been registered in Vigilance Organization, Jammu u/s 5 (1) (d) r/w 5(2) J&K P.C Act 2006 and Section 120-B RPC on the prima facie establishment of offences on the part of above mentioned public servants and Anil John the then Project Officer, CARDA/Project Officer DRDA, Samba has been arrested in FIR No. bearing No. 15/2017 P/S VOJ for questioning .

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