KVIB job scandal: 3 weeks on, probe report nowhere

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Afaq Bhat

Srinagar, Mar 19: More than three weeks have passed since the day Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti ordered a probe into the alleged job scandal at Khadi Village Industries Board (KVIB) but till date the enquiry report has not been made public.
It may be recalled that appointment of Syed Aroot Madani, son of the vice-president of ruling Peoples Democratic Party, Sartaj Madni, at KVIB had snowballed into a major controversy following which Aroot tendered his resignation.
Soon after the “job scam” came to fore the Chief Minister ordered a probe into the appointment row and sought the report. “Till date inquiry report has not been made public. Nor do the people know whether the probe took off or the CM’s instruction remained confined to papers only,” said an analyst.
National Conference Working President and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has asked the Jammu and Kashmir government to make the probe report public. “Three weeks ago Chief Minister assured youth that there would be an inquiry but we haven’t got any orders yet,” Omar said. “We would like to know if the orders issued by Mehbooba Mufti as chief minister are being followed or not.”
A Kashmir watcher said, “When PDP came into power it vowed to fight corruption and assured the people that it would ensure that all the appointments are made in a fair manner. Aroot’s appointment had put PDP in a tight spot. He tendering his resignation allowed things to settle down.”
He said, “The government had tried to put a lid over the entire incident but the voices to look into the other appointments made at JKVIB. The J&K government had outsourced the entire recruitment process and it had asked the agency entrusted with the responsibility to hold the examinations for various posts to come clear.”
An analyst said, “It’s not for the first time that any recruitment scandal has come to fore. Many such scandals have come to fore in the past but this scandal hogged the headlines due to son of a top politician being involved in the entire process.”
An official wishing not to be named said, “The matter has been closed. It looks like that no inquiry is taking place. The JKVIB was not involved anywhere in the process as the entire exercise was conducted by the outside agency.”
He said, “There is a possibility that matter would be pushed under the carpet and it would be closed. I don’t think that we will ever come to know which candidate secured how many marks.”