JAMMU: In a bid to instill dynamism and transparency in the administration, Governor NN Vohra asked top government functionaries in the state to expedite cases against corrupt officials and ensure responsive public service delivery.
Vohra, who has been an experienced bureaucrat, has several times expressed his dismay over the functioning of the state bureaucracy.
The Governor directed that all cases due for compulsory review under Article 226 in various departments shall be placed before the designated Committees by March 15, 2016. He also reiterated his earlier directions regarding completion of the Annual Performance Reports (APRs) of all employees and a report furnished to him by February 29.
This is for the first time during the Governor’s Rule that bureaucrats have been sternly directed to mind their business. During the previous Mufti Muhammad Sayeed regime, about 50 employees were prematurely retired for their corrupt practices and non-performance.
Graft cases in 2015
158 gazetted and 118 non-gazetted employees booked for corruption
Govt recommends 22 gazetted, 40 non-gazetted tainted employees be prosecuted
Sanction for prosecution accorded against 5 gazetted, 39 non-gazetted employees
Challans produced against 12 gazetted, 47 non-gazetted officials; 10 cases concluded; 1 gazetted and 10 non-gazetted officials convicted
The Governor was reviewing issues related to the anti-graft Vigilance Organisation in a meeting at the Civil Secretariat here. Chief Secretary BR Sharma, Principal Secretary to Governor PK Tripathi and Commissioner, General Administration Department Gazzanfar Hussain attended the meeting.
Hussain informed that 91 FIRs were registered during 2015 involving 158 gazetted officers and 118 non-gazetted officials. Sanction for prosecuting 32 cases, involving 22 gazetted officers and 40 non-gazetted officials has been recommended, and sanction has been accorded in 22 cases involving 5 gazetted officers and 39 non gazetted officials. As many as 22 cases have been challaned involving 12 gazetted officers and 47 non-gazetted officials. The Governor was also informed that 10 cases were concluded in 2015 involving conviction of 1 gazetted officer and 10 non-gazetted officials. The Governor directed that decision in all cases pending for sanction of prosecution in various Departments should be expedited and a report submitted to him on February 23.
The Governor directed Secretary GAD to ensure that the Departmental websites and relevant information required under the RTI Act should be updated.
He also directed that a status report in regard to submission of Immovable Property Returns for the year ending 31st December 2015 be sent to him by February 29, 2016 and action initiated against every defaulting officer.
The Governor directed that the General Administration Department should energise the vigilance framework in the State to ensure transparent and responsive public service delivery and asked the Chief Secretary to issue circular directions to all the Administrative Secretaries to personally review all pending vigilance matters in the respective Departments and a consolidated report submitted to the Governor on fortnightly basis.
An official spokesman said that the Governor will be holding another meeting to review all vigilance matters with the State Vigilance Commission and the Vigilance Organisation.