No one to question: Receives higher grade than the normal one
It would not be perhaps wrong to say that bureaucratic monopolies and their leisure engagements are rotting out the state exchequer in a big time. The highest level of such malpractices have been allegedly propped up in so called employment generating institute Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurial Development Institute (JKEDI), wherein monopolies and arbitrariness are deep rooted.
The best example of monopoly and sycophancy could be gauged from the fact that director JKEDI, who was supposed to retire in February 2014 is continue to hold the charge.
“Director JKEDI was retiring on February, 2014 at the age of 58. He secured of his service in 2013 during governing body meeting, wherein he managed to enhance retirement age of EDI employees to 60 years and for himself to 62 years,” said sources, adding that all this was done by allegedly greasing palms of bureaucrats and some political leaders.
Sources asserted that the second term of Director was scheduled to end in February, 2018, but he again retained the post. “In simple terms it can be seen as an extension to avoid superannuation in first case, then reappointment after attaining superannuation in second case,” maintained sources.
Questioning intentions of the government, an aggrieved through letter to Governor asked how and why a same person with ‘tainted’ background was allowed to assume the coveted post of Director for more than 15 years as of now.
“It shows lacunae in our system, a person who was supposed to retire decade back is still holding highest post of the JKEDI. He has already spent 15 years as a director and reluctance of State government of replacing him shows political clout of the incumbent director,” said aggrieved, adding that commissioner secretary Industries and Commerce department must answer why an old person is retained and not replaced by new ones despite such an employment crunch in the State.
Revealing links of director with some media houses and contractors, the aggrieved person alleged that the director JKEDI has his own chain of employees working in the Institute that can be recognized by their business partnership deeds, family ties and blood relationships.
“For instance one of the close associates of director introduced his nephew in 2012 as a contractor and since then all tenders goes to his firm,” said aggrieved, adding that in addition the director created a Corps Fund of 7 Corore’s which includes Rs.5 Crores earned on NMDFC account, without any prior permission from governing body.
Moreover, out of the way the director was given higher Grade Pay of Rs.12,000 equivalent to that of Commissioner/Secretary than the normal Grade Pay of Rs.8,700 for Directors in State cadre.