SRINAGAR: The J&K Government has ordered premature retirement of nine employees of the Housing and Urban Development Department under Article 226(2) of the Jammu and Kashmir Civil services Regulations on charges of corruption.
The charges against the said officers, confirmed by the Departmental Committees and upheld by the designated review committee under Article 226(2), include misappropriation of funds, falsification of records and raising fake bills, allowing illegal constructions, comitting financial irregularities and making Illegal appointments during their tenure in various ULBS. Most of the officials have faced probes by the Anti-Corruption Bureau and were also suspended. Article 226(2) of the J&K Civil Services Regulations, 1956 allows the Government employees to be retired in “public Interest” upon completing of 22 years of qualifying service or attaining 48 years of age.
The Article is essentially meant to help in removal of deadwood from the government. The employees are retired with a three month’s notice or three months of pay. However, they retain pensionary benefits.
The nine employees of Housing and Urban Development Department who face premature retirement include Mehraj-ud-din Buja, I/C Senior Building Officer, Srinagar Municipal Corporation who as Head Assistant Revenue Section, Srinagar Municipal Corporation, was arrested by Vigilance Organization Kashmir in a trap case, Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din Malik, who during his posting as in charge of EO Municipal Council Anantnag was involved in misappropriation, Irregularities in financial transactions, illegal constructions, gross negligence and misconduct, Shabir Ahmad Wani, Assistant Sanitation Officer, MC Shopian, who during his posting as in-charge CEO Municipal Council Anantnag was involved in misappropriation, illegal constructions, Irregularities in financial transactions, gross negligence, and misconduct, Zakir All, Sanitary Supervisor, MC Doda, Mr. Abdul Latief, Head Assistant, MC Banihal and Sukesh Kumar, Senior Assistant, MC Doda were Involved in financial mismanagement by the drawal of fictitious bills against the non-existing Safalwallas.
The other three employees of the Housing and Urban Development Department ousted for alleged corruption are Mr. Gowhar All Tugoo, I/c Secretary, Directorate of Urban Local Bodies, Kashmir was involved In cases regarding illegal appointments and financial Irregularities made during his tenure at MC, Sopore, Mrs. Shagufta Fazil, Secretary, Directorate of Urban Local Bodies, Kashmir who was found involved in embezzlement and unauthorized withdrawal of TA and 7th Pay Commission arrears and Thakur Dass, Electrician, Municipal Committee Reasi was Involved in huge case of embezzlement of funds and mismanagement. financial