Guwahati: With the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) election looming on the head, the BTC administration has terminated 29 transport department employees appointed during the Hagrama Mohilary-led Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) regime. The employees were allegedly appointed illegally without any assessment or selection process during the BPF-ruled BTC administration.
The order issued on Friday by the BTC principal secretary Siddharth Singh terminated eight assistant enforcement inspectors and 21 enforcement checkers.
Following an FIR filed by United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) on June 7 at Kokrajhar police station, an inquiry was conducted against the alleged transport department job scam.
Based on the FIR lodged, a criminal case was registered against former executive member Jagadish Sarkar, officials involved, and 29 candidates.
Citing it with nepotism, UPPL leader Prithiviraj Narayan Dev Mech on Sunday said, “The dismissal order clearly says that there was no interview conducted for the candidate selection neither any circular was published for such appointments. Therefore, the whole appointment procedure was made violating the Indian Constitution.”
The termination order read, “it was found that those appointments were not done according to prescribed norms. The entire process leading to the appointments was arbitrary as there was no advertisement, publicity, or public notice.”
Claiming it as the act under nepotism, the order highlighted that the appointments were illegal and violated Article 14 and 16 of the Constitution.