Deptt Heads not compiling list of corrupt officials for action
Srinagar, Oct 15: Despite directives by the government, the departmental heads have failed to compile list of officials who have been involved in corrupt cases and have doubtful integrity.
Sources said several ministers have asked the departmental heads to take action against whom State Vigilance Organization has sought the departmental action and are facing charges of corruption.
Official sources told KNS that the Minister for Roads and Buildings department had directed senior officials of the department to compile list of officials who have been involved in corrupt cases and have doubtful integrity.
“The list was being prepared against whom there were complaints of corruption and SVO has sought departmental action but some officials were creating hurdles in taking action against them,” an official insisted not to be named told KNS.
He said the Minister had passed strict directions that these officials should not be given any prime posting.
Similarly, Revenue Minister too had made similar directives but the officials have failed to adhere them. “The minister directed the senior officials to ensure transparency in the department and action is taken against officials facing corruption charges. Nothing has been done so far nor the list was prepared,” sources said.
Sources said Power Minister and the CAPD too directed the departmental heads to act on probe reports of various anti-graft bodies. “So far no action has been taken nor the ministers have taken any action against senior officers for not adhering their directions,” sources said.
According to the official figures, the SVC has received thousands of complaints against officials of various departments for the last three years. However, there has been poor response from departments to take action on the SVC enquiries.
The SVC has sent queries related to corruption in departments but there has been poor response from the Government to act on these enquiry reports resulting there hardly seems any perceptible change on the ground to combat with corruption cases in the State.
Sources said the officers of the R&B have been directed to take departmental action on the enquiry reports, wherever necessary, and not to wait for the outcome of enquiry/investigation being conducted on the same charges by Vigilance Organization or SVC.
Further, the SVC has directed all departments to act on the outcome of its enquiry reports and same should not remain pending and wait for the further course of action.
“The chief vigilance officers and departmental vigilance officers of the all departments have been directed to ensure completion of the enquiries pending with them expeditiously and to develop strong internal vigilance mechanism in their respective departments, as also to work in tandem with State Vigilance Commission to eradicate the menace of corruption at all levels,” a recent government circular to departments said.
Further the SVC has advised the Government that only such officers should be appointed as CVOs, DVOs, additional vigilance officers who have appropriate seniority and integrity and should be given such extra work which they can handle without diluting their responsibility as such Vigilance Officers. (KNS)