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Uttarakhand Speaker revokes 228 ad-hoc appointments in Vidhan Sabha Secretariat

Ritu Khanduri

Following the suggestions of a high-level committee, Uttarakhand Assembly Speaker Ritu Khanduri on Friday revoked 228 ad-hoc appointments made within the Vidhan Sabha Secretariat in violation of norms.

According to an announcement issued by the state authorities, the revoked ad-hoc appointments embrace 150 that have been made in 2016, six in 2020, and 72 appointments final 12 months. Khanduri additionally positioned Vidhan Sabha Secretary Mukesh Singhal below quick suspension.

The high-level committee submitted its report back to the Speaker late on Thursday evening.

“I want to inform that last night I received the high-level committee report. After assessing the records of the Vidhan Sabha Secretariat, the committee found that in appointments till 2016, in 2020, and 2021 there were irregularities, and these rules for respective posts were not followed in these appointments. Mentioning the orders given by courts in connection to illegal appointments, the committee recommended that the said appointments be cancelled,” Khanduri mentioned on Friday.

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The Speaker mentioned that as a result of the mentioned appointments have been completed by means of the federal government, the state authorities’s approval was obligatory to cancel them. So, Khanduri mentioned, she would ship her choice to the state authorities for its approval.

In its report, the committee talked about that the choice committee was not established for direct appointments, no ads or public info have been issued concerning the vacancies, candidates weren’t requested to submit purposes and jobs got solely on private job purposes, no aggressive exams or exams have been carried out, and the candidates weren’t given equal alternatives.

Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami welcomed the Assembly Speaker’s choice. Earlier, the chief minister had cleared the federal government’s stand on the difficulty and had requested the Speaker to analyze the matter. Subsequently, the Speaker shaped a high-level committee to look into the matter.

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“No corruption will be tolerated… I had already requested the Vidhan Sabha Speaker that the appointments under question should be investigated, and those in violation of the norms should be revoked. I thank the Speaker that she took the step while following our government’s policy of transparency and good governance. We will prepare a roadmap so that all the appointments in Vidhan Sabha are transparent, systematic, and lawful,” the chief minister mentioned.

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