In a major embarrassment to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, a report said its MLC from Budgam’s Khansahib, Saifuddin Bhat has issued employment orders (the authority not within his power as a legislator) on his letterhead to as many as 22 people for the posts of chowkidaars and sweepers in the Health department in nexus with CMO Budgam, who ‘stamped’ on such orders.
“Bhat who was made PDP MLC this year has gone out of way in issuing orders to employ as many persons in the Health department, apparently with a purpose to further political ambitions,” the report said.
He has ordered the persons he named in a phased manner to be employed as class four employees on an honorarium of Rs 2500 per month, the report said.
“While the MLC did this in a discreet manner in some understanding with the CMO Budgam Ghulam Mohammad Dar who is said to have put his ‘stamp’ on the orders, the appointments through backdoor suffered some setback when the BMO refused to get involved.”
MLA Khansahib Hakim Mohammad Yasin while confirming the report said such actions only bring bad name to the government. “We are all concerned about unemployment problem but this action doesn’t justify the concern anyway,” he said.
Meanwhile, the report said, no action has yet been taken against any official nor has the MLC been questioned about his entirely ‘out of jurisdiction’ step contrary to commitment of chief minister to transparency and accountability in the system.