Anti-corruption probes get a push under Governor’s rule

Anti-corruption probes get a push under Governor’s rule
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Srinagar: The imposition of Governors rule in the state has unnerved corrupt officials as the Governor is seen acting promptly against any corruption complaints.
Moreover, government departments have also initiated a “previously defunct” process to hold inquiries against such officials, sources said.
Governor N N Vohra’s official Twitter handle has received several complaints of alleged corruption and wrongdoings taken place during the PDP-BJP coalition government headed by Mehbooba Mufti.
The issues ranged from shifting of SKIMS director to appointment of a doctor with influence of former Dy CM Kavinder Gupta, to PDP youth president Wahid-ur-Rehman Para adjusting 250 people in various government departments and public sector undertakings.
“The political influence had ruined the government departments and as such no departmental enquiry was initiated,” an official of the General Administration Department told Kashmir Reader.
He said that soon after Vohra took over the reins of the state, the departments immediately initiated action against tainted officials.
“The Governor, through Twitter, has been receiving complaints about issues which were considered dead and buried,” sources said.
The official said the Civil Service Conduct Rules mandate departments to hold inquiries against accused officials and take action if found guilty without waiting on the outcome of probe by anti-graft bodies.
While the anti-graft bodies would probe corruption cases, the departments would never hold internal inquiries, officials said.
“It is a violation of the Civil Service Conduct Rules,” the GAD official said.
However, the scene has changed under the Governors rule. “The system is changing now,” a lower rung employee of an influential department said.
In absence of the internal probes, there is no mention of corruption charges in annual performance reports.
“The government directive asking departments to hold own inquiries will help the government to take action against tainted officials without waiting for outcome of anti-graft bodies probes,” the official said.
Government has directed the departmental vigilance officers and district vigilance officers to adopt multi-dimensional approach to check allegations of corruption against government officials.
“The departments have also been directed by the government to act on the probe reports of anti-graft bodies.”
The Governor’s Twitter handle has responded to dozens of complaints with a reply that a report has been sought from the departments concerned.