Srinagar: As demanding issues for smooth functioning of the administration, there are none quite like corruption and deadwood.
Both of them seems to on the governor N N Vohra’s radar as he has sought lists of all the corrupt and incompetent officers and official in the state administration by February 5.
Sources said that the governor has also advocated invoking laws dealing with the termination of services of such workforce that in official parlance is referred as deadwood and incorrigible.
The state came under governor’s rule from January 8, the day Omar Abdullah decided to quit as caretaker chief minister as none of the political parties especially PDP and BJP staked claim to form the government despite formally invited by Raj Bhawan.
Regarding the corrupt workforce, sources said, the governor has directed secretary General Administration Department to submit the list so that necessary action under rules could be initiated against them.
The governor, they said, has also sought the record of those officers and officials who repeatedly indulge in corrupt practices despite warned earlier.
During a recent review meeting of state vigilance functioning, the governor had directed completion of investigation and prosecution in all pending cases within specified time frames under rules.
The governor’s directions followed information by SVO that 79 cases have been registered against 240 public servants last years. 106 of them include Gazetted Officers.
Sixteen cases, including seven against Public Sector Undertakings and Autonomous Bodies, were pending for sanction of prosecution, the Governor was informed.
Last year, the government moved Supreme Court, seeking a stay on an order J&K High Court, asking GAD to consider the suggestion that in case the competent authority does not accord sanction for prosecution within a period of one month after receipt of report or record from the Vigilance Organization, it shall be deemed that sanction for prosecution has been granted.
The Governor has directed the Vigilance Organization to ensure vigil over Public Service Delivery system to ensure its responsive and transparent functioning.
Apart from SVO, the governor also reviewed function of State Vigilance Commission headed by former DGP Kuldeep Khoda. The governor was informed that 1157 complaints were received by the SVC last year. Of them, 64 cases have been referred for Departmental and Administrative Action. In respect of 26, the SVC has directed registration of formal cases.
Subsequently, the Governor directed the Chief Vigilance Commissioner to hold monthly meetings with the Departmental Vigilance Officers to ensure time-bound action on all enquiry cases.
Regarding the deadwoods, the governor has directed all administrative secretaries to prepare the list in their respective departments.
Both categories of officials, they said, are likely to be retired prematurely as per Article 226 of the J&K Civil Services Regulation Rules.
All such cases would be decided by the designated Committees in a time-bound manner and services of those recommended by the panels are likely to be terminated.
This is not for the first times that there have been calls for premature termination of the deadwood officials and officers.
Under Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s and Omar Abdullah last terms respectively, such exercise turned damp squib. However, it is for the first time that such exercise has been ordered under the governor’s rule.
In PDP-Congress coalition, action was initiated against some low-ranking officials before it abruptly came to an end. Omar-led NC-Congress regime embarked similar exercise in 2011 but met the same fate as the previous regime.
In-fact in Omar tenure, a high-level panel comprising the Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary Home and Commissioner Secretary GAD was constituted but the whole process ended without any effective measure.