By Arfat Khan
Jammu: Giving a severe jolt to the endeavors of school education minister for transforming education institution as centre of excellence in state, some officials managing the affairs of education department in district Kathua are hell bent to run CEO office as personal fiefdom and there is no place for anyone who come as hurdles in way of realizing their personal interests.
JK Global News is in possession of a document which unrevealed beyond doubt about what transpired a junior most officer of the education department to made allegations against her CEO and his subsequent attachment with DC office Kathua.
Astonishingly, this entire operation took only 4 hours. This all dexterously happened when the incumbent CEO Nirmal Choudhary was out to attend meeting of education department officers called by the education minister in Jammu.
The contents of the letter clearly shows that there is an enquiry pending against Aruna Sharma in the office of CEO Kathua pertaining to alleged misappropriation of mid day meals funds worths Rs 6, 74,907 and illegal possession of documents related to utilization of these funds. A look at the contents of the letter speaks volume about the motive behind attachment of CEO Nirmal Choudhary.
This letter was dashed to CEO Kathua by the Principal Government Higher Secondary School-Forelain Kathua. In the letter the principal urged the office of CEO to initiate action for recovery of these crucial documents which Aruna Sharma took away with herself for the reasons best known to her.
Sources said “the predecessor of Nirmal Choudhary preferred to remain silent on this letter. However, when Nirmal Choudhary resumed charge of CEO Kathua, he while going through the files took serious note of this issue and advised Aruna Sharma to handover the files and related documents to the concerned principal as the possession of same is unwarranted”. However, instead of surrendrings the file and documents she allegedly start using her influence by resorting to various means, said sources.
It’s only for this file that plot of transfer’s allegations was engineered so as to scuttle the recovery of crucial file by dislodging Nirmal as CEO, said an insider from district administration.
The intentions behind the attachment of CEO Kathua Nirmal is evident from the fact that Aruna herself made allegations then entrusted the enquiry against an officer under whom she remains as subordinate and then finally bestowed with crown of CEO Kathua. It’s a sham order, said an agitated principal posted in Kathua.
Known for close proximity with district administration and corridors of power, it’s learnt that Aruna Sharma is far below in seniority list of state cadre and as per norms there are no chances she would be promoted as CEO in next 10 years.
Such unwarranted actions will demoralize the teachers and officers of the state education department. “The quality of education will be the first casualty if the administration continue to victimized an honest and dedicated officer mere on flimsy grounds just to accommodate and shield the wrong doings of a mighty junior officer who herself involved in several alleged wrong doings” said an officer of education department preferring anonymity.
Its worth to mention that CEO Kathua Nirmal Choudhary was attached with the office of Deputy Commissioner Kathua vide order No DCK/PA2018-19/112-116 dated May 10, 2018 issued by Rohit Khajuria, DC Kathua on an allegations by junior most subordinate of Nirmal namely Aruna Sharma who was then favored with in-charge CEO in the same order.