Following the recommendations of a high-level committee, Uttarakhand Assembly Speaker Ritu Khanduri on Friday canceled 228 ad-hoc appointments made in violation of norms in the Assembly Secretariat.
According to a statement issued by the state government, the canceled ad-hoc appointments included 150 appointments made in 2016, six in 2020 and 72 last year. Khanduri also immediately suspended the assembly secretary Mukesh Singhal.
The high level committee submitted its report to the speaker late on Thursday night.
“I would like to state that last night I received the report of the high level committee. The committee, after assessing the records of the Assembly Secretariat, found that there were irregularities in the appointments made in 2016, 2020 and 2021 and these rules were not followed for the respective posts in these appointments. Referring to the orders passed by the courts regarding illegal appointments, the committee recommended that the said appointments be quashed,” Khanduri said on Friday.
The Chairman said that the approval of the State Government is mandatory for cancellation of the above appointments being made through the Government. Therefore Khanduri said that she would send her decision to the state government for approval.
The committee has mentioned in its report that the selection committee was not constituted for direct appointments, no advertisement or public notice was issued regarding vacancies, interested candidates were not asked to submit applications and The job was offered only on individual job applications, there was no competitive exam. Or tests were conducted, and the candidates were not given equal opportunities.
Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has welcomed the Speaker’s decision. Earlier, the Chief Minister had clarified the government’s stand on the issue and requested the Speaker to investigate the matter. Thereafter, the Speaker constituted a high level committee to look into the matter.
“No corruption will be tolerated… I had already requested the Speaker to investigate the appointments being questioned and those who violate the rules be quashed,” he said. I thank the Speaker for taking this step following our government’s policy of transparency and good governance. We will prepare a roadmap so that all appointments in the assembly are transparent, orderly and legitimate,” the chief minister said.