A day after opposition National Conference accused the PDP-BJP Government of violating Model of Conduct (MCC) by appointing political functionaries as Vice-Chairmen of Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs), Chief Electoral Officer J&K, on Saturday sought all records regarding the appointments from the State Government.
The appointment of 14 political functionaries of PDP, BJP and Peoples Conference as Vice -Chairmen of PSUs has triggered a controversy, with opposition National Conference terming it as a violation of the MCC, which is in force after announcement of schedule on March 9 for by-polls for Srinagar and Anantnag parliamentary segments.
The Chief Electoral Officer, Shantamanu while talking to Greater Kashmir said: “I have sought all orders issued by the Government (pertaining to the appointments).”
The CEO said he has also forwarded a complaint filed by NC regarding the appointments to the ECI. “The ECI will decide on the complaint,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Government today defended the appointments. “The MCC doesn’t stop us from transacting Government business at State level. The MCC is applicable only for Srinagar and Anantnag parliamentary segments,” the Government spokesman and PWD Minister Naeem Akther said.
As already reported, those cleared for appointments include Gulzar Ahmad (PDP); Jammu and Kashmir Industries Limited, Ataullah Samnani (PDP); J&K Minerals Limited, Parvez Ahmad (PDP); State Road Transport Corporation, Vijaya Dogra (PDP); Women’s Development Corporation, Choudhary Manmohan (PDP); Medical Supplies Corporation, Rashid Mehmood (PC); Agro Industries Corporation), Ghulam Muhammad Mir (BJP; HPMC), Balbir Ram (BJP; SC, ST & OBC Development Corporation, Khalid Jehangir (BJP; JKPCC), Nazir Itoo (PDP; J&K Cements Limited), Muntazir Mohiuddin (PDP; Jammu and Kashmir Cable Car Corporation Limited), Ali Muhammad (BJP; SICOP) and Subash Jandial (BJP; SIDCO).
Senior PDP leader, Nizamuddin Bhat, who was already appointed as Vice Chairman of Horticulture Board, was also given charge of Handloom and Handicrafts Corporation.
However, the appointment of Salam Reshi (PDP; SFC), Virender Singh (BJP; Police Housing Corporation) and Munish Sharma (BJP; JAKFED) were put on hold at eleventh hour due to absence of statutory provisions in laws governing working of these institutions. The appointees are entitled to a monthly salary of Rs 80,000 per month, besides hefty perks and allowances.
Meanwhile, the entire opposition has slammed the Government over the appointments, says it is a burden on cash-starved economy of J&K.