Pay Comm scam established

From Fayaz Bukhari
Srinagar, Apr 10: The Deputy Director Technical Education Kashmir today established the violation of the financial code with regard to the sixth Pay Commission arrears by majority of the Drawing and Disbursing Officers of the department.
The Commissioner Secretary Technical Education, Vinod Kaul, today ordered probe into the Sixth Pay Commission arrears scam that was reported by Excelsior today. He has asked the Deputy Director Technical Education Kashmir, Munir Ahmad Shah, to conduct the preliminary inquiry into the scam within a day.
The Deputy Director has reportedly submitted its report to the Commissioner Secretary Technical Education Department this evening where he has confirmed that the Drawing and Disbursing Officers have violated the financial code and demanded special audit of the financial fraud.
Deputy Director Munir Ahmad Shah told Excelsior that majority of the Drawing and Disbursing Officers of the department have released the Sixth Pay Commission arrears in favour of the non-deserving employees and paid amount in cash to them.
Shah said that not only the arrear scam has been established; the fixation in favour of the adhoc, consolidated and contractual employees of the department has also been made in violation of the Government order.
Meanwhile soon after the scam was reported in the newspaper, the Drawing and Disbursing Officers of the ITIs of Pattan, Srinagar and Bandipora were negotiating the remittance of the amount to the respective treasuries to save their skin.
In the meantime, the District Treasury Officer Ganderbal, Syed Farooq Ahmad, told Excelsior he has not passed any of the arrears bills of any adhoc, consolidated and contractual employees of any department.
Ahmad said that ITI Ganderbal had submitted bills of both the regular and adhoc, consolidated and contractual employees of the department together but “we refused to pass them”. He said that they later submitted separate arrear bills of the regular employees that were passed.
The Deputy Director, Munir Ahmad Shah, confirmed that the Treasury Officer Ganderbal has not passed the arrear bills of the adhoc, consolidated and contractual employees of the ITI Ganderbal.
In Jammu division several Drawing and Disbursing Officers of ITIs including Deputy Director Jammu, N K Gupta, have released the sixth Pay Commission arrears bills of adhoc, consolidated and contractual employees of the department.
In the meantime, sources said that the Department of the Technical Education is illegally paying the higher pay scale of Rs 6500-10500 (pre-revised) with effect from 2003 against the sanctioned scale of Rs 4000-6000 to adhoc vocational instructors of all the institutes of ITI sector in the State.
It has been reliably learnt that it is not the Technical Education department only but also Health, PDD and almost all Government departments where DDO’s in league with the treasury officers have released arrears of the sixth Pay Commission to the non-deserving adhoc, consolidated and contractual employees.
The Health department has reportedly released highest amount in cash to its adhoc, consolidated and contractual employees as sixth Pay Commission arrears. According to sources Block Medical Officer (BMO) Ganderbal was pursuing the District Treasury Officer Ganderbal to release two bills worth Rs 4,48,563 and Rs 9,29,043 of these non-deserving employees but the Treasury officer has refused to pass them.
It may be mentioned here according to the Government order (No. 238-F of 2011 dated 30-09-2011) the sixth Pay Commission arrears are to be paid to the regular State Government employees in 5 equal installments in 5 years by debit to their GP Fund.
The arrears are paid in cash to those employees who have retired upto 30-09-2011. The adhoc, consolidated and contractual employees are not entitled to these arrears but crores of rupees has been released in cash to them.

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