Enquiry into promotion of SOs as BDOs by ex-director RDD Jammu R K Bhat dies slow death

Those who ordered enquiry from secretariat sits on report submitted by Director General RDD Jammu

By Gulshan

Things go changed with change of Governor in state, and the Department of Rural Development and Panchyati Raj, J&K sat on enquiry ordered on August 8, 2018 regarding elevation of ineligible section officer to post Block Development Officer, by outgoing and tainted Director Rural Development Department, Jammu. R K Bhat who has been booked by State Vigilance Organisation registered FIRs against, him elevated his right hand in directorate, during his tenure, Pritam Chand, as BDO and posted him as BDO Headquarter, Poonch.

However, the state government, on August 8, ordered the Director General RDD Jammu to conduct in-depth and fair enquiry into wrong doing and misuse of official position by the former Director Rural Development Department (RDD) Jammu R K Bhat and his Section Officer (SO), Pritam Chandand furnish compliance report to this department with in a period of three days positively, enabling the department to apprise the Governor’s Secretariat accordingly.

Despite lapse of three weeks, the illegally became BDOs and their master, former director enjoying immunity. It has been learnt from the reliable sources that efforts are on to hush-up case as no action has been taken despite lapse of three weeks. “SO turned BDO, Pritan Chand has connections secretariat and during his stay as SO to directorate of RDD Jammu, he time and again appeased in masters sitting to secretariat, who according to sources are trying to hush-up the case.

The order of inquiry came in the wake of complaint against both above mentioned officer/officials. Department of Rural Development and Panchyati Raj, J&K Government, asked Director General RDD Jammu that a copy of complaint addressed to Governor J&K, submitted by Harbans Lal, Section Officer/ Office Manager, Office of Assistant Commissioner Development, Samba office regarding misuse of official position by former Director RDD Jammu and immediately rescind all the placement orders of Block Development Officers, who are/were placed/ asked to look after the charge of BDO in gross violation of existing J&K Rural Development (Gazetted) Service Recruitment Rules.

It is also being alleged that the nexus of the then SO and Director RDD R K Bhat, deprived Harbans Lal, SO presently posted in ACD Office Samba. They even demanded bribe from Harbans Lal, but being an upright officer, he didn’t succumb before the corrupt bosses.

As per the seniority list, Harbans Lal is senior most and most suitable candidate for the post of BDO, as there is provision and 10 percent officials from clerical wing can be elevated as BDOs. Prior to this for Director, RDD Jammu,  Manohar Lal Raina, now Relief Commissioner, has also ignored the case of Mr Harbans Lal, he denied to pay bribe for promotion. However, Manohar Lal Raina is also in vigilance net for his misdeed during his tenure ad Director RDD Jammu.

It is pertinent to mention here that during governor’s rules state, the bureaucratic machinery gained momentum, but suddenly with change of top boss of state, things went worse, the corrupt officers/officials started use money power to buy comfort.

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