Taking more steps to ensure transparency: Dir Horticulture
By: PK Correspondent
Anantnag: The government on Tuesday attached the Horticulture Development Officer (HDO) Achabal and shifted another employee over the Kisan mela controversy that took place earlier this week in Achabal area of Anantnag.
District Horticulture authorities had organised awareness-cum-machinery Mela in Achabal area for the farmers of four horticulture zones. Though the authorities had invited many authorised dealers of farming tools to sell their products during Kisan Mela, however, a person being allowed to sell products of two other companies illegally triggered a controversy.
Many authorised dealers alleged that the person sold many sprayers of Honda and ASPEE companies in presence of Chief Horticulture Officer and despite their protest, the officer didn’t stop the wrong doing.
They had also alleged that the person was allowed to sell the products illegally because of his father’s influence who is working as section officer in the office of the director horticulture Kashmir.
Though the top authorities’ especially Chief Education Officer Anantnag initially had tried to shield the man accused of wrong doing, however, the issue was highlighted by a section of media.
After the issue was highlighted by a section of media, the HDO Shangas was attached.
“Till pending inquiry, Shri Mohd Altaf Ganai, HDO Shangas who is also being the additional charge of horticulture zone Achabal is attached with the office of the directorate of horticulture Kashmir,” reads the order issued by the director horticulture,” Ajaz Ahmad.
In a separate order, Director Horticulture, ordered the deputation of I/C section officer, directorate of horticulture, Mohd Syed Lone.
“Shri Mohd Syed Lone, section officer, DHK is deputed to work in the office of manager cum chemist, Budgam till further orders,” the order reads.
Though there is no mention of why the two officers have been shifted but Director Horticulture, Ajaz Ahmad Bhat confirmed to Precious Kashmir that they were shifted for Kisan mela controversy. “We are ascertaining the facts. I am taking more steps to ensure transparency,” Director said.