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CM orders probe into KVIB selection process

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Madni’s son decides not to join; NC wants KVIB chairman’s resignation

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today ordered a high-level inquiry into the procedural inadequacies in the selection process of the Khadi and Village Industries Board (KVIB), the results of which were declared a couple of days ago.

Mehbooba ordered the probe following severe criticism over the appointment of her own nephew Aroot Madni (37), son of ruling PDP vice-president Sartaj Madni, as an executive officer in the board.

“The inquiry will be held by a committee headed by the chief secretary and it has been asked to furnish its report in a short time,” an official spokesman said here.

The board had issued an advertisement against vacancies on October 8, 2016. Shortlisted candidates took a written test in August 2017, and interviews for the position began in the last week of January.

The selection process was conducted by a private recruitment agency instead of the J&K Service Selection and Recruitment Board (JKSRB).

The chief minister’s nephew declined to accept the employment offer from the board following the controversy generated by his appointment.

Opposition National Conference launched a scathing attack on the PDP over alleged nepotism and malpractice in the selection of candidates and demanded immediate resignation of the KVIB chairman so that “the probe into the recruitment scam is not scuttled and diluted.”

.”The KVIB list is full of appointments made on the basis of relations and affiliations to the CM’s family and party. Withdrawal of application by Sartaj Madni’s son doesn’t end the case but indicates he wouldn’t have been able to stand the scrutiny of a probe,” the party spokesman said.

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