Anil Pushpangadan: A complaint has been made to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and the Chief Minister of Gujarat about a recently retired Gujarat-cadre IAS officer who allegedly misused his position to get his wife appointed as advisor HR in a finance corporation of the state.
The complaint that is accompanied by proofs alleged that the wife of the senior IAS officer was appointed as advisor HR despite not having the qualifications. It states that the officer thus ensured financial loss for the government company by way of her salary that has been paid since 2007.
It states that in 2007 her salary was fixed at Rs20,000 on appointment but in 2015, when the IAS officer was the MD of a finance corporation of the state, he increased her salary to Rs55,000. In the year 2016, he was sent on deputation to Delhi and his wife followed him there. The complaint further alleges that an appointment letter given to the wife in the year 2016 states that since she is not in Ahmedabad or Gandhinagar her salary has been reduced to Rs40,000.
Interestingly, as an advisor she had to mandatorily visit the office for at least 12 days a month but she never even visited once between 2016 and 2020 yet her appointment continued. The complaint alleged that the wife had done her MA in political science but yet she was appointed as advisor HR despite having no qualification for the job.