The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) on Monday came out in support of Virender Singh who was denied promotion benefits that were due,by the state Animal Husbandry Department recently. Singh is the son-in-law of INLD chief and former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala.
In a press statement issued on Monday,INLD state president Ashok Arora accused the Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Congress government of acting in a biased manner and victimising Virender Singh.
The Opposition leader alleged that Virender Singh,the director of the Animal Husbandry department was deputed to the post of managing director,HLDB,although,they said,he was to be promoted as the director general way back on September 1,last year.
The Haryana governments sole aim is to victimise Virender Singh and stall his legitimate rights by hook or by crook. Virender Singh happens to be the son-in-law of the leader of opposition in the present assembly, Aroras statement read.
INLD leaders alleged that the Haryana government appointed another officer G S Jakhar as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in the Animal Husbandry Department and was now trying to give him additional charge as director general. INLD leaders further claimed that Singh is seven years senior to Jakhar.
This process of recreation of the OSD post was initiated by principal secretary on May 19. Thereafter this proposal was rejected by the Finance Department on June 18. After this,P K Das,the then Principal Secretary,Animal Husbandry,again sent the proposal to the finance department under political pressure on July 8. The finance department gave its approval on July 9. Amazingly the process was completed in a single day. Thereafter,this OSD post was supposed to be included under Haryana Veterinary Service rules (Group A) but this process has not been accomplished till date and it makes this appointment illegal, Ashok Arora claimed. The INLD said Jakhars appointment has been challenged in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
When contacted,PK Das,the then Principal Secretary,Animal Husbandry department,said: I am no more in the said department. Also,if a political party makes a statement,an officer is not supposed to comment on it.