SVC aghast over pending departmental enquiries

SVC aghast over pending departmental enquiries

The status in respect of complaints referred for enquiry to Departmental Heads and Departmental Vigilance Officers by the Vigilance Organization reflects a more disturbing situation.

The State Vigilance Commission (SVC) has taken serious notice of huge number of pending departmental enquiries on misuse of official position by various Government officials of various departments.

During a review by the Commission, it has come to light that during last five years the Vigilance Organization has recommended initiation of Regular Departmental Action (RDA) against various Government functionaries including senior officers of the status of Administrative Secretaries, Directors, Managing Directors, Chief Engineers, Vice-Chairmen, HODs, Principals of Medical Colleges and Dental Colleges, etc. without adequate action taken by concerned.

The status in respect of complaints referred for enquiry to Departmental Heads and Departmental Vigilance Officers by the Vigilance Organization reflects a more disturbing situation.

The information obtained by the Commission reveals that during last five years as many as 8372 complaints were referred to HoDs/DVOs. In none of these complaints action taken report has been sent.

The Revenue Department is biggest defaulter and it has failed to furnish Action Taken Report in respect of 1525 complaints, followed by Education Department with pendency of 1174 complaints, Rural Development Department with 823 complaints, Police Department with 517 complaints, Social Welfare Department with 431 complaints, Health Department with 394 complaints and PHE Department with 392 complaints.

To overcome the laxity on the part of departments in addressing the corruption complaints, the Commission has decided to introduce a high degree of accountability and review progress made in respect of all recommendations made to various departments and ensure speedy disposal of these pending enquiries. A schedule has been framed and separate meetings will be taken with various Administrative Secretaries, Heads of Departments and Departmental Vigilance Officers.

The first such meeting is fixed for 11th of February to be attended by Commissioner/Secretary Revenue Department, Director Vigilance Organization, Chief Vigilance Officer (Revenue), Deputy Commissioner Jammu and other senior functionaries pertaining to Corruption complaints against Revenue Department.