Soon after being provided with the department through portfolio allocation, the minister of state in charge of cooperatives Dr Dhan Singh Rawat has terminated all the appointments involving the nominated members of state cooperative committee with immediate effect on Friday. Besides, the recruitment of the fourth class employees of the district cooperative bank based in Uttarkashi has also been scrapped. He also said that the accounts of the Soyabean factory based at Halduchaud and cooperative drug factory based at Ranikhet would be probed into to see whether there was any case of irregularity being indulged in.
Observers say that the cancellation decision has sent the message that the new government would not brook corruption in the process of recruitment. However, interestingly, the department was under the direct care Yashpal Arya, a cabinet minister of the previous Harish Rawat government who later quit to contest the election on BJP ticket.
Dr Rawat said that the chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat would soon address a programme through video conferencing to help the department employees take pledge for cleanliness as part of the Swachhta Abhiyan launched by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Talking to DNB, Dr Rawat said that since allocation of portfolio , he had received numerous congratulatory calls from the people of his constituency. “I would leave no stone unturned to address the problem of migration from the hills. Employment opportunities would be created in profusion for the youth of the hills to stop migration,” he said.
Speaking volume of the scope of employment generation through cooperatives, he cited the success stories of Gujarat and Maharashtra. “In our state too, we would take steps to ensure that cooperatives play an instrumental role in transforming the life of the people, particularly in the hills,” he said.