Uncertainty clouds SVC constitution

Where Is The File?


Jammu, Nov 14: Constitution of the much-awaited Jammu and Kashmir State Vigilance Commission (SVC) does not seem to be in sight as confusion continues over the fate of official panel prepared and suggested to Governor NN Vohra by the state government.
If authoritative sources within corridors of power are to be believed, the file regarding nomination of State Vigilance Commissioner and two Commissioners for to-be-constituted SVC continues to be with the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and it has not moved “even an inch” for the last few months after the Governor NN Vohra returned it raising queries over the panel proposed by the government.
“We have not seen it and we do not know what happened to the recommendations”, was the common reply of almost all the senior government functionaries Greater Kashmir tried to speak over the issue.
“You will have to ask the Chief Minister as he is the only person who knows about the issue”, a senior official, on the condition of anonymity, said adding, “A fresh note replying the queries of Governor NN Vohra was put on the file but it was not known whether the file was resubmitted to Raj Bhavan or not”.
Chief Secretary Madhav Lal, when contacted, said, “The file has to be routed through General Administration Department (GAD). I have no personal knowledge about it”.
The sources in the GAD, however, claimed that after preparing the panel, on the recommendations of the Selection Committee in May this year, “they never heard about the file again”.
Chief Minister’s secretariat also expressed ignorance about the file. “We have not seen it”, replied an official when asked as if the recommendations have been accepted by the Governor.
Naveen Choudhary, Principal Secretary to the Governor, also refused to comment saying, “I am not authorized to speak”. As the mystery continues over the fate of the official recommendations, sources claimed that the constitution of SVC was unlikely in near future. “The matter is more of political than administrative nature, so you can not predict anything for sure”, quipped a senior bureaucrat.
The Governor, who is the appointing authority for State Vigilance Commissioner and Vigilance Commissioners as per SVC Act, had returned the recommendations of the state Government in June this year, seeking certain clarifications. The Governor objected to the nomination of former Police Chief Kuldeep Khoda as CVC and former Commissioner Secretary GAD M S Khan as Vigilance Commissioner.
The Government was asked to explain as how Khoda’s name was recommended when his name figured in an alleged fake encounter case and the matter was sub-judice before the State High Court. Leader of the Opposition, Mehbooba Mufti, who is one of the members of the selection panel, had also put her dissenting note on the recommendations.
Though there different reports about the fate of the panel, government was “officially” tightlipped over the matter.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 14 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 14 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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