The Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers may soon relieve the Registrar-cum-Chief Vigilance Officer of National Institute of Pharmaceutical and Education (NIPER) Wing Commander (Rtd.) P J P Singh Waraich after his term ended on July 3. The ministry does not seem to be in a mood to continue his services after a PhD student and some former faculty members wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ministry not to extend the services of Waraich.
Highly placed sources in the ministry said that they received a letter from a former faculty member who alleged that Waraich was booked by the CBI in a corruption case along with six senior officials of the institute including the officiating director Prof K K Bhutani. The sources also added that the complaint was sent to the Personal Secretary to the Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Ananth Kumar, the copy of which is with Chandigarh Newsline.
The sources also disclosed that after receiving the complaint, the PS Vijay Ranjan Singh directed the Secretary of the Ministry Jaipriye Parkash and Joint Secretary Ariz Ahmed to take necessary action. They also said that after the complaint to the PM the ministry is taking the issue seriously and it could cast shadow on Waraich’s continuation in the institute.
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“The complaint was sent by a former faculty member to the ministry, it was forwarded to both Secretary and Joint Secretary of the ministry, both the officials will see what action can be taken,” added a NIPER official.
Meanwhile, when contacted the office of the Secretary of the Ministry, Jaypriye Parkash was not available for the comments as he was busy in a meeting. Waraich, on the other side went to his office Monday and remained there for the entire day during the office hours.
Chandigarh Newsline had reported on Monday about a letter sent to the PM by a PHD student who also demanded that Waraich should not allow to continue after the completion of his five year contract. Waraich had told Chandigarh Newsline that during his appointment all the rules were followed.