Srinagar, July 25, CNS: In gross violation of transfer policy in Baramulla district of North Kashmir, an Incharge Head Assistant of Public Health Engineering Department is posted here for more than 27 years. Moreover, it has also been alleged that the said official enjoying a surprising overstay, has become now arrogant and his behavior towards Public is also rude.
According to locals, the said Incharge Head Assistant, namely Shabir Ahmed Shah posted in Public Health Engineering Division Baramulla, has evaded transfer for twenty seven years, baring a cumulative short period of three years and two months of transfer from Baramulla Division.
According to documents available with CNS, the said Head Assistant Shabir Ahmed Shah, who was appointed on 14-10-1992 as an orderly in PHE division Baramulla, has managed to stay in the same division for twenty four long years of his tenure, because of his connections.
During this tenure, he was briefly transferred to adjoining areas in the same districts for a short period of seventeen months, but managed to get himself back immediately to Baramulla after each transfer, using his connections.
A group of locals from Baramulla, who have sought detail of his stay, under RTI Act told CNS that Shabir Ahmed Shah was appointed as Orderly in 1992 in PHE Division Baramulla and the said official is today working as Incharge Head Assistant in the same Division.
During his service tenure spread over 26 years, he was hardly transferred from here. During this span he was promoted twice, first to the rank of Senior Assistant on 01-11-2012 and then to the post of Head Assistant on 12-09-2018.
According to the RTI documents, made available to CNS, the official was transferred only twice, once to PHE Division Sopore in the same district on 18-08-2009 for five and half months and second time from here to PHE Division N Sopore on 01-02-02-2010 to 31-10-2012, for a period of two years and nine months, from where he managed to get him back to Baramulla, where he is continuing his stay uninterrupted till date. Thus in twenty six years of his tenure he was shifted for only for a short period of slightly over three years.
People have alleged that the Shabir Ahmed Shah is well connected with politicians and higher ups and has all along used these connections to stay at Bramullah, without any significant shift from here and the period he was transferred, was to adjoining areas in the same district.
People further alleged that the height of the matter is that two months back, he was transferred to Sopore, under the orders of Commissioner Secretary PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, but he dared not join at his place of posting.
“Thanks to his connections that his concerned Executive Engineer has not so far relieved him.” they added.
“The patronage he is enjoying has made him arrogant and he often misbehaves with people. Not only this, he does not clear any file, without demanding bribe. He has thus built up a property worth crores.” They alleged.
People demanded a probe against him and requested Anti Corruption Bureau to investigate the said official. (CNS)