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Powerful ‘SO’ of ULB Kashmir shifted

Srinagar, March 28 : Finally, Director Urban Local Bodies Kashmir has shifted powerful section officer (SO) who is accused of having appointed dozens of his relatives in different municipal committees of Kashmir. Mukhtar Ahmad Bhat is accused of having appointed relatives illegally.

In an order in this regard was issued on 20th of this month by Director Urban Local Bodies Kashmir, Reyaz Ahmad Wani (KAS).

In the interest of administration and smooth functioning of office work, it is here by ordered that Mukhtar Ahmad Bhat secretary working as I/C Section Officer, in this directorate is transferred and posted in the office of Executive Engineer Urban Local Bodies Kashmir, reads the order.

Bhat is accused of having appointed around 20 of his relatives as employees in the different local bodies of Kashmir in past several years. In this regard, the Urban Local Bodies employee Coordination Committee has filled several complaints with investigating agencies.

One of the complaint filed recently by the Coordination Committee is being probed, highly placed sources said.

Importantly, on 16-05-2015, Pankaj Sharma, Additional Secretary to Chief Minister wrote a letter to Commissioner Secretary, Housing and Urban Development Department asking him to probe a complaint against Mukhtar Ahmad Bhat (Head Assistant) in the office of Urban Local Bodies Kashmir.

“The Commissioner Secretary to Government, Housing and Urban Development Department may kindly find enclosed a copy of representation bearing number 113/J&K/ULBEC/016 dated 09-05-2016 received from Chairman J&K Urban Local Bodies, senior employees front addressed to Chief Minister J&K on the subject captioned above,” wrote the Additional Secretary in his correspondence under correspondence number FC/PRS/HCM-04.

The correspondence further read, “The undersigned is directed to request the Commissioner/ Secretary to Government, Housing & Urban Development Department to have the issue examined and furnish a detailed report in the matter to the Chief Minister’s Secretariat within a week’s time positively.”

However over the year such orders were turned irrelevant with no action being taken against the ‘tainted’ official.