By Javed Hashmi
SRINAGAR:: Making mockery of recent directives of government asking for rotation of employees who completed 5 years at one place, an officer of Higher Education Department (HED) managed to continue his stay at lucrative place in Administrative Department in secretariat since his appointment decades ago.
Expressing astonishment at continuance of an official for decades together at same place in secretariat, reliable sources told JK Global News “Pankaj Kumar who is currently working as Section Officer in Administrative Department of HED was engaged as daily wager in the year 2002 and since than he continues to stick to same place in secretariat despite conferred with 3 promotions”
“By staying at a particular place of posting for many years together, several officers created a clout and sphere of influence which are deterimental to ensure corruption free environment in government departments” said a senior officer of HED on condition of anonymity.
Unlike several junior Assistant s who were appointed against the state Cadre post and keep transfer from one college to others, Pankaj Kumar was preferably kept in the category of ‘Toch me Not’ and allow to keep prosperous at same place despite being promoted from daily wager to SO” reveals another officer of HED.
There are allegations that due to prolong continuance at same place, Pankaj has created a clout in Administrative Department where he managed to prevails upon successive hierarchy of officers especially large scale manipulations in transfer proposals of college Principals and Professors.
“Referring to posting of a male Principal in city college who is a relative of Pankaj Kumar, an official of HED on condition of anonymity said ” Those enjoys proximity with Pankaj conferred with kitchen postings”.
Grave injustice, gross corruption and manipulation in transfer proposals used to be the thumb rule in HED during popular Govt where writ of non transferable & indomitable Clerk Majeed used to run large” alleged an official of HED. Hope, the incumbent Principal Secretary, Rohit Kansal atleast never allow ‘Majeed syndrome’ to prevail under his nose in HED, he added.
Urging the higherups in HED to transfer the official in question, a college professor wishing not to be identified said “For sake of transparency and corruption free environment, the HED must intervene in this case to keep intact the sanctity of General Administration Department (GAD) circular pertaining to rotation of employees completed 5 years at one place of posting”.
Pertinently, the LG administration acting on the dossiers of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), on September 2021 has directed the Administrative Secretaries to rotate the officers who have a stay of more than 5 years to bring transparency and curb corruption in functioning of government departments.