ISLAMABAD: The Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) has sent three officials on forced retirement, censured another for illegal recruitments in Special Education Department against the quota of Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan.
The action has been taken by the CADD Secretary Faridullah Khan and the notification was issued on Friday.
According to an officer dealing with special education, there was immense pressure to put off the action against those found guilty of appointing 119 officers in the department in violation of rules.
CADD spokesperson and Education Adviser Rafique Tahir confirmed the issuance of the notification and said the secretary did not bow to the ‘pressure’ and took action against the culprits.
When asked what will be the fate of the illegally hired 119 employees, Tahir said they have yet to decide about them. He, however, said the sacked officials will get the post-retirement benefits which “was enough for them.”
Ghayyur Fatima, then director-general of Special Education was tasked in September 2013 to probe the irregularities but she was sent on forced leave for six weeks in December 2014 and the investigation was halted subsequently.
She was later relieved from her job, said an official requesting not to be named.
According to the findings of the report, the prime Minister in 2009 approved creation of 32 posts including male nurses, speech therapists, physiotherapists, audiologists and senior teachers in the special education department for two years.
But surprisingly, the director administration and other officials advertised about 60 posts, said the official. “They illegally hired 59 staff in clear violation of a ban on recruitment,” the official said.
He was of the view that they not only violated the rules but also usurped the posts meant for Balochistan and G-B who are already criticising the federal government for discrimination in jobs quota.
Another officer added that most of the staff was hired either from the Punjab or Islamabad.
On the other hand, investigations in the case are still under way in the Federal Investigation Agency’s anti-corruption cell.
Daily Express Tribune.