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Jammu KashmirNeed based employee of Social Forestry ‘harassed’ for exposing irregularities

Need based employee of Social Forestry ‘harassed’ for exposing irregularities

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Rajouri, June 19

A need-based employee of the Social Forestry Department (SFD) at Sunderbani has appealed to the Lieutenant Governor and senior officer of the department to intervene and save him from victimization by a group of influential people led by one Naib-Sarpanch in league with officers of his department. Ajay Sharma, who has been working as a need-based worker with SFD alleges that his wages have been blocked by his officers on behest of this Naib Sarpanch who has been harassing him by sending false complaints against him.

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He said the SFD Division Office has been conducting enquiries one after another against him whereas corrupt elements go scot-free.

Sources privy to the issue said, a rivalry between some persons lead by one Naib Sarpanch in Sunderbani with a need-based casual labour of the social forestry department to whom they accused of exposing the acts of corruption in the department.

Ajay said that “Due to his efforts, the Naib Sarpanch had to spend many days behind the bars, as he was booked under FIR no. 88/2021 and 05/2022,” said sources. He said that to avenge it, the Naib Sarpanch in connivance with officials of the social forestry department started harassing him by stopping his salaries.

They maintained that to further harass the casual labour, the Director and Regional Director Social Forestry constituted a team to enquire into allegations against the casual labour.

“During enquiry, the team received in writing from eye witnesses that casual labour attends his duty regularly,” said sources, adding that following this report Naib-Sarpanch again filed a complaint thus invoking second enquiry in a month, which had met the same outcome.

“Owing to the influence of one Abhinandan, the DFO Udhampur and Poonch are not submitting their report,” alleges Ajay, adding that the nexus of the trio has been threatening him and the officials of the Social Forestry Department.

Despite the pending salary of months, the casual labour is continuously serving the department.

Ajay Sharma said that he had filed an RTI against some irregularities that exposed high level corruption in the department.

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