SRINAGAR: The State Administrative Council (SAC), which met here Wednesday under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik approved setting up of the first-ever “Anti-Corruption Bureau” (ACB) in the state.
Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam said the establishment of ACB would do away with the shortcomings in the existing anti-corruption mechanism in the state.
The state currently has a Vigilance Organization which implements the various provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act Samvat, 2006 and a State Vigilance Commission also. Under the existing set up, Subrahmanyam said many shortcomings have been noticed which hamper the effective implementation of the provisions of the anti-corruption laws.
Advisors to the Governor B B Vyas, K Vijay Kumar and Khurshid Ahmad Ganai and Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam were present at the meeting.
Subrahmanyam said the Governor’s administration has worked out a mission which shifts the focus from outlays to outcomes and improving governance through various initiatives which, inter-alia, include establishment of cells for public grievance redressal, monitoring identified mega projects and flagship programmes and setting up of an Anti-Corruption Bureau based on the best models in the country.
He said the SAC in an earlier meeting accordingly decided to set up an “Anti-Corruption Bureau” which shall be based on the best models in the country.
Giving details he said based on careful analysis and study of the various models of the States in particular, Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra, a new framework/apparatus under the nomenclature “Anti-Corruption Bureau” is to be set up in J&K. “For this, amendments in the Prevention of Corruption Act Samvat, 2006 and Jammu and Kashmir State Vigilance Commission Act, 2011 have been approved to give the Anti-Corruption Bureau more teeth to deal with complaints of corruption and take these to their logical end,” he said.
He said under the Anti-Corruption Bureau, it is also planned to set up 6 additional police stations at Udhampur (jurisdiction Udhampur and Reasi Districts), Rajouri (Rajouri and Poonch Districts), Doda (Doda, Kishtwar and Ramban Districts), Anantnag (Anantnag, Pulwama, Kulgam and Shopian Districts), Baramulla (Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora and Ganderbal Districts) and Central (whole of the State). While the existing two police stations of Jammu will have jurisdiction of Jammu, Samba and Kathua Districts, Srinagar Police Station will have jurisdiction of Srinagar, Budgam, Leh and Kargil Districts, he said.