Srinagar, Oct 28: J&K Civil Secretariat Employees Union President (JKCSEU) Ghulam Rasool Mir on Sunday demanded a full-fledged inquiry into the appointment of nearly 600 political favourites in Jammu and Kashmir bank during erstwhile PDP-BJP regime and underlined that the chairman of the bank cannot escape responsibility for betraying the public trust.
“Youth is upset and there is need to have a fair selectionprocess in the state. The chairman of the J&K Bank cannot escape responsibility if 582 political favourites were appointed in the J&K Bank by PDP-BJP. JK Bank involves trust and money of the common people of Jammu and Kashmir and how can chairman or somebody else misuse it,” Mir told Global News Service (GNS).
“There should be a full-fledged inquiry and those responsible shall be punished for benefitting political or other favourites.”
He said there are numerous businessmen including those from outside state who have availed huge loans from J&K Bank and are not paying it back.
“Enquiry should be ordered and those bank officers responsible for the loss to the bank shall be punished,” he added.
Mir’s demand follows disclosure by Governor Satya Pal Malik that PDP-BJP changed the entire select list of J&K Bank to appoint their political favourites, numbering 582.
In an interview with Times Now, Malik said a complete selection list of 582 candidates in Jammu and Kashmir Bank was set aside to appoint political workers in their place. Malik also raised a serious question mark on the working of Public Services Commission (PSC) saying a youth was selected for KAS even without appearing in the examinations.
The Governor said 40 youth approached him, saying they had cleared all examinations and figured in the selection list of Jammu and Kashmir but were replaced by relatives and workers of political parties.
“I called the Jammu and Kashmir Bank Chairman. He told me that the number was not 40 but all 582 youths recruited by the Bank had been replaced with the political appointees, recommended by the leaders from every constituency. I asked the Bank Chairman to give the youth their due. I also called the Finance Secretary and finally a resolution was adopted and all 582 candidates have been given appointment letters,” he said, adding if such a justice is done with the youth, there will be no stone pelters. “The youth were in dark. they were dejected. As there was none to help them,” he said.