M.A. Alam, a close friend of subject minister Risath Bathiudeen, will head the ministry unit of the national chemical weapons authority.
The director of the unit should possess a doctorate in chemistry, and even its management assistants are chemistry degree holders.
But, Alam is an average degree holder in the administrative service, say ministry sources.
Before appointing him to the position, Bathiudeen ordered that the director’s office be refurbished at a cost of Rs. one million, without approval of the ministry secretary.
Since the cabinet has not approved his appointment, Alam has not been paid his salary.
Attempts to contact Bathiudeen for a comment failed.