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Govt orders high-level probe into all illegal appointments made in municipal bodies of Kashmir in past two decades

3-member committee of officers to be headed by Director ULB; To submit report within one month

Jammu, July 09, 2021 : In a significant move, the administration of Jammu & Kashmir Union Territory has ordered a high-level probe into all illegal appointments/ regularisations made in the municipal bodies of Kashmir Valley during the past two decades.

A committee of officers headed by Director Urban Local Bodies Kashmir, Mathoora Masoom has been constituted to inquire into all illegal appointments made in the municipal councils and committees of Kashmir Valley since 2001.

The Directorate of ULB Kashmir administers three municipal councils and 39 municipal committees.

According to an order, a copy of which is in possession of news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), the committee also comprising Showkat Ahmad Mir, special secretary(legal), Housing & Urban Development department and Alyaz Ahmad Naisroo, secretary, Lakes & Waterways Development Authority(LAWDA) would hold a detailed enquiry into the illegal appointments/ regularisations made in the Urban Local Bodies Kashmir from 2001 till date.

This is the second such enquiry into the backdoor appointments in the ULB Kashmir in the past 15 days.

On June 23, the government ordered that Dr. Bashir Ahmad Bhat, vice-chairman, Lakes and Waterways Development Authority would inquire into the appointments done in Urban Local Bodies Kashmir by way of illegal relaxation of norms of age/ qualification etc.

In the past two decades, more than 1500 persons have been appointed illegally in the Urban Local Bodies of Kashmir Valley on recommendations of ministers, legislators and officers.

The organized job racket in the department flourished due to political patronage by different governments.

A committee constituted during the NC- Congress regime found that around 1800-2000 illegal appointments were made in the Urban Local Bodies of Kashmir between 2003 to 2010.

The inquiry team concluded that more than 20 officers are involved in the scam.

It had also recommended disengagement of illegal appointees as well as constitution of a special team of Vigilance to fix the responsibilities—(KNO)

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