Srinagar: Governor N N Vohra has sought weekly status of pending corruption cases against the official workforce in the state.
In this regard, the government has issued a circular, impressing upon all the Administrative Secretaries to look into the matter “personally” and review the progress of all the pending cases referred to them on weekly basis.
“A weekly status report informing the number and status of pending cases be conveyed to General Administration Department for apprising the Governor,” reads the circular issued by the GAD department.
In the circular, the government has recalled Rule 31 of J&K State Vigilance Commission Rules 2013 which state that on conclusion of enquiries by the CVOs, DVOs and Districts VOs regarding complaints referred to them by the SVC or the enquiries undertaken suo-moto, they shall report directly to the Commission and shall seek advice and instructions about the vigilance administration from it.
The CVOs, DVOs and the District VOs, it said, shall adhere to the time frame, as may, from time to time, be fixed by an order issued by the Commission regarding the submission of reports.
During a review meeting held recently about the functioning of SVC, the Governor had directed expediting the disposal of all pending cases referred to CVOs, DVOs and district VOs.
The governor had directed completion of investigation and prosecution in all pending cases within specified time frames under rules.
During the review meeting regarding the functioning of SVC headed by former DGP Kuldeep Khoda, the governor was informed that 1157 complaints were received by it 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 had directed the Chief Vigilance Commissioner to hold monthly meetings with the Departmental Vigilance Officers to ensure time-bound action on all enquiry cases.