Look how Govt is dis(empowering) SAC!
‘Anti-Graft Body Without Key Investigation Wing, Manpower, Infrastructure’
STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH
Srinagar, Nov 11: A report by the State Accountability Commission (SAC) has punctured the J&K government’s oft-repeated claims that it was “committed” to empower the anti-graft bodies to tackle corruption in the state. The SAC’s annual report, copy of which is with Greater Kashmir, reveals that the absence of a full-fledged investigating wing with the anti-graft body was impeding its normal functioning. The report also mentions that the Commission is facing acute dearth of manpower and infrastructure.
The Commission has asserted that absence of a probing agency with it—which is supposed to be headed by an officer of the rank of Additional Director General of Police/ Inspector General of Police—was affecting its smooth functioning. “The investigating agency required for conducting investigations by the Commission under the Jammu and Kashmir Accountability Commission Act/ Rules and Regulations, has not been so far provided, which is hampering the work,” the report reads.
Besides ADGP/ IGP, the investigating wing should comprise of two officers of Deputy Inspector General (DIG) rank, four officers of Superintendent of Police (SP) rank, four officers of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) rank, six inspectors, 12 sub-inspectors, 12 Assistant Sub-Inspectors and 73 policemen—all on deputation from the State Home Department.
The Commission, which is probing at least 27 cases of corruption against bigwigs including cabinet ministers, junior ministers and legislators, is also understaffed, the report reveals.
“There is acute shortage of staff and other infrastructure in the Commission. Out of five vacant gazetted-cadre posts only three have been filled up by the Government in the past one year. Similarly out of 28 non-gazetted posts 16 are still vacant,” the report reads, adding “Even the two posts of public prosecutors are lying vacant.”
‘48 cases pending’
The report brings to light that 48 cases are pending in the Commission with 21 of them at the stage of regular inquiry and remaining 27 at preliminary stage.
According to the report, 128 cases were decided by the Commission from 21-08-2011 to 21-08-2012.
“In 19 cases proceedings have been stayed by the Hon’ble High Court,” it adds.
Pertinently, the J&K Government has often claimed that it was “empowering the anti-graft bodies” for effective tackling of corruption in the state—something which the SAC report negates.
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