‘Case handed over to Crime Branch: Director Education
Srinagar, Feb 26: Department of Education Kashmir handed over a case to Crime Branch after it surfaced that three persons managed to get themselves appointed as permanent employees in Nagam Chadoora Zone by producing fake appointment orders.
Director Education Muhammad Younis Malik confirmed to Kashmir News Trust that three persons after getting themselves appointed as teachers through fake appointment orders were able to withdraw even salaries. He said that the case has been handed over to Crime Branch while strict action will be taken against those involved in this scam.
Insiders revealed that three persons from South Kashmir’s Shopian district namely Tanvir Ahmed, Sheikh Rahil and Reyaz Rather had visited the office of Zonal Education Officer Charar-e-Sharif with ‘fake’ appointment orders. ZEO on the insistence of a Head Clerk without verifying the orders brought the issue into the notice of Chief Education Officer Budgam who directed the ZEO in return to check the orders and get them appointed somewhere in Chadoora-Charar-e-Sharif Zone.
Chief Education Officer Budgam, Fatima Tak passed the buck and said that it was the responsibility of ZEO to verify the authenticity of the appointment orders. “I found something fishy and re-verified those appointment orders and those turn out to be fake,” CEO Budgam said.
She added that Directorate of Education office was informed accordingly and the case has been now handed over to Crime Branch.
Insiders said that the incident clearly shows leniency and negligence on part of the top officials. “How can you appoint anyone without verifying his documents and besides, CID verification is mandatory for any government job. You have three persons claiming they have appointment orders, you post them in the Zone without bothering to verify their orders,” said an employee on condition of anonymity claiming that these three persons might be backed by someone from the Education Department.
CEO Budgam said all these three persons have been terminated and their salary accounts ceased. ZEO Charar-e-Sharif Mrs Nighat declined to comment on the matter saying she is busy in a meeting.
Meanwhile, all the three persons accused of producing fake appointment orders are absconding. Sources said that Director Education convened a meeting on Wednesday in which both CEO and ZEO were present. The matter was discussed thoroughly while an internal inquiry has also been ordered to fix the responsibility.