The Yogi Adityanath government of Uttar Pradesh has canceled the appointment of 1,300 people in the UP Jal Nigam department citing “irregularities” in the selection process. All these appointments were held during the tenure of Samajwadi Party in various posts under the Jal Nigam Department. The 1,300 appointments include 853 junior engineers, 122 assistant engineers and 325 clerks. Azam Khan, a Samajwadi Party MP from the imprisoned Rampur, was a Jal Nigam minister during 2016-17. It was only during his tenure.
UP Jal Nigam managing director Vikas Gothwal said that the SIT was formed in 2017 to investigate alleged corruption in the recruitment process under the previous government’s rule. The appointments were canceled based on various investigative reports, including the SIT set up by the government.
According to sources, the SIT found that the selection process was not followed in the course of the investigation. Subsequently, a charge sheet was sought to be filed against Azam Khan, the then Managing Director, the then Chief Engineer of Jal Nigam and a private firm. Earlier, the BJP government had canceled the recruitment of 122 assistant engineers in Jal Nigam. However, this order was overturned by the Supreme Court. The latest notice to cancel the appointment also included 122 officers who were reinstated by a Supreme Court directive.