Gilgit-Baltistan: GB Government Completes Interviews of Political Appointees

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GILGIT (ET): Authorities in Skardu completed re-interviewing teachers who were believed to have been inducted through back channels in the past.
The decision to redo the interviews was taken by Chief Secretary Younus Dagha and Chief Minister (CM) Mehdi Shah after reports suggested more than 450 teachers had been appointed without fulfilling required protocols. A director education and his deputy were among those fired by the Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) government in 2014 after an enquiry proved them guilty.
A committee comprising G-B Secretary Education Muhammad Nawaz Naseem and Secretary Services Saad Khan conducted the interviews. At least 23 teachers did not submit their credentials to the committee and did not they turn up for the fresh round of interviews, said those familiar with the matter.
“The interviews have been completed and results will be announced shortly,” Naseem told journalists in Skardu. “The committee will decide who should continue on the job and who shouldn’t on the basis of these interviews,” he explained.
Earlier, teachers in Skardu protested, and demanded the new round of interviews be cancelled as it would be an injustice to them. Eventually, many opted to appear before the interview committee.
Apart from that, at least 24 more employees from the G-B Excise and Taxation department have been fired as the regional government expedites its drive against corruption.
In January, 69 other employees from same department were suspended after the CM Inspection Commission, on directives from Dagha, launched an investigation into allegedly illegal appointments in government departments and submitted its recommendations.
Those sacked include inspectors and clerical staff who were appointed after bypassing formalities.
“The vacant posts will be advertised and appointments will be made on merit,’ said an official in the G-B information department.

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