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Inquiry against senior official for getting undue promotions yet to begin

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Srinagar: Even after the expiry of over 10 months, Principal Secretary to government Industries and commerce department has not completed the probe initiated against the incumbent MD SICOP Atul Sharma for securing promotions ‘illegally’.
In February this year, the Anti Corruption Bureau after receiving the complaint of alleged illegal promotions of the then in-charge Managing Director JK Cements Atul Sharma, currently posted as MD SICOP, had asked the Principal Secretary to government Industries and commerce department to initiate an enquiry into the matter.
Sources said that the probe proceedings are in stagnation mode and virtually nothing of this sort is being probed. Sources added that the accused enjoys the patronage of some top political stalwarts affiliated with the ruling party at the centre.
Anti Corruption Bureau in its letter vide number ACB Indus-G-2/19-2727-28 Dated 13.02.2019 asked the Secretary to get an enquiry conducted into the matter and share the report of the same.
Complainant in his Complaint had alleged that Atul Kumar Sharma was engaged as site engineer purely on temporary basis on a consolidated wage of Rs 1500 per month for a period of 89 days in SICOP in 1994. Later in 1995, surprisingly he was regularized as junior engineer.
“It will be in place to mention here that Atul Kumar is a backdoor appointment in JK SICOP in 1st instance engaged as site engineer temporarily on consolidated basis for a period of 89 days vide order No.SICOP/ DEV/1 Dated:26/12/1994 and later on regularized as junior engineer(civil) vide Order No. 74-DM(HQ) of 1995 Dated:2-9-1995,” it says.
Sources claimed that the complaint has also revealed that in the year 2012 Atul Sharma, Project engineer (Civil) SICOP was sent on deputation to JKCL as I/C General Manager for the period of one-year subject to the condition that there is no senior officer available in JKCL and that the work of JK SICOP will not suffer.
Sources said that the same complaint was also lodged with the government against alleged illegal placement of Atul Sharma as In-charge Managing Director.
Sources said that as per the documents and information received by the ACB, it has been alleged that Atul Sharma has never been promoted as General Manager in J&K Cements Ltd, nor in SICOP for which no specific promotion order stands issued, instead a fabricated designation of General Manager has been bestowed upon him illegally and is being carried on.
“While going through the service record of Atul Sharma in JKCL, it has been found that Atul Sharma was basically a Project Engineer( Civil) in SICOP and was deputed to J&K Cements Ltd as I/C General Manager, Project Works for a period of one year initially vide I&C Department approval No.IND/SICOP/ Depu/2012 Dated: 11-04-2012 in the pay scale of Rs 9300-Rs34800 grade pay 4600 vide No.SICOP/Admn/118-1/1487 Dated:08-06-2012,” the complainant said.
Sources said the Industries and Commerce Department has virtually overruled the request of ACB and the probe is still in standstill mode.
“Any complaint against a minnow is being probed within days but the big fishes are always spared,” said an employee wishing not to be named. (KNT)

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