JK Cooperative Union employees accuse official of ‘embezzlement’

Srinagar, Mar 28: Jammu Kashmir Cooperative Union employees Wednesday alleged that incumbent General Secretary has brought the Cooperative Union on the verge of bankruptcy.
The protesting employees said that despite proving guilty, no action is being taken against the accused official.
They said most of the Board of Directors in Jammu Kashmir Cooperative Union are either dead or they don’t represent any Cooperative Society.
They said that incumbent General Secretary has embezzled major chunk of funds coming from Centrally sponsored schemes.
“He created fictitious Training Centre at Rajouri to grab money though no such institute can neither be opened nor closed without the prior approval of Registrar Cooperative societies. Whatever infrastructure was present at the centre went missing after its closure,” they said.
The employees further said that fake certificates are being issued while there is no scrutiny to check this menace.
“There was also misappropriation of flood relief fund which was received for Srinagar Training Centre from National Cooperative Union of India. It didn’t reach the Cooperative Training School Srinagar,” they alleged.
“There is also CP Fund embezzlement. CP Fund should have been deposited in labour department but has been kept in citizens cooperative banks without knowhow of employees,” they added.
The employees of Jammu Kashmir Cooperative Union said that Government of India has delinked training institutes from cooperative union of India and yet training institutes in Jammu and Kashmir have not been delinked just to receive monetary benefits.
The employees said that it is ironical that concerned Minister didn’t initiate any action against the accused General Secretary given the fact he was found guilty in the review meeting that was presided by Jammu Kashmir Cooperative Minister in August last year.
When contacted Registrar Cooperative Union Pir Hafizullah said that action against the official in question will be initiated only after the completion of yearly audit.
“These allegations have already been discussed. Only after the yearly audit will be over, required action will be taken,” he said.
Minister Cooperatives Zahoor Ahmed Mir said that he will look into the matter. (CNS)