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Ranchi: As many as 19 officials including kith and kin of high ups in the state are on the verge of losing their prime jobs in the Jharkhand government.
They include relatives of former Jharkhand Deputy Chief Minister Sudesh Mahato, MLA Pradeep Yadav and former members of the Jharkhand Public Service Commission (JPSC)— Gopal Singh and Radha Govind Nagesh.
They were recruited as Block Development Officers (BDOs), Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSPs) and other cadre posts of the JPSC, not on the basis of academic talents, but by virtue of clout their relatives enjoyed in the government.
It was revealed in a vigilance probe ordered by former Governor Syed Sibtey Razi, into the allegations of foul play in examinations conducted by the JPSC for recruitments of gazetted, officers three years ago.
Startled by the facts brought out during the ongoing investigation, the state government has begun process to dismiss the officers from service, Personnel Secretary NN Pandey said.
According to a senior officer tasked to probe the job scam at the JPSC, BDOs Prashant Kumar Layak (relative of an MLA Pradeep Yadav, Rajnish Kumar (son of Gopal Singh), DSPs Radha Prem Kishore (relative of former MLA Radha Krishna Kishore), Mukesh Mahato (relative of Sudesh Mahato), Finance service officers Kundan Kumar Singh (another son of Gopal Singh), Maushmi Nagesh (daughter of Radha Govind Nagesh), and others would be dismissed from the service.
Binod Ram, Harishankar Barik, Kanu Ram Nag, Prakash Kumar, Kumari Geetanjali, Hari Oraon (all BDOs), Harihar Singh Munda, Ravi Kumar Kujur, Shivendra, Santosh Kumar Chaudhary (all DySPs), Sangeeta Kumar, Kumar Kaushlendra (of finance service) and Lal Manoj Nath Shahdeo (Cooperative service) would also be relieved of their jobs as they did not qualified the recruitments tests but made it through tampering of their answer-sheets.
Pandey said the government had to process their dismissal after its repeated show-cause notices to the concerned officers failed to elicit any response.
JPSC officials including its Chairman Dilip Prasad and Members, whose role had come under cloud during the probe, have already been placed under suspension. The vigilance court, where the trial is on, has ordered for the arrests of the guilty officers by the month-end.