Vohra for 'zero tolerance' to corruption

Greater Kashmir

Directs anti-graft bodies to ensure quick action on enquiry cases

Jammu, Jan 19: J&K Governor NN Vohra Monday directed Vigilance authorities to ensure that all corruption cases are dealt with “sternly on zero tolerance basis.”
An official spokesman said the Governor directed the Vigilance Organization to ensure that the Public Service Delivery system is “kept under special watch to ensure that its functioning is responsive and transparent.”
He also directed that all cases due for compulsory review under Article 226 be placed before the designated committee for time-bound action, the spokesman added.
The Governor reviewed the Vigilance functioning with Sheikh Owais Ahmad, Director Vigilance and Muhammad Ashraf Bukhari, Secretary to Government, General Administration Department, in a meeting at Raj Bhavan here.
The Governor asked Bukhari to ensure that Annual Performance Reports of all employees are completed within the given time and, in this context, issue an immediate circular to all the departments to submit a status report by February 5 about the status of APRs, as on 31.03.2014.
“All Departments should also submit reports regarding cases processed under Article 226 and all the Administrative Secretaries should urgently organize short training being imparted to all officers working under their charge to particularly ensure that APRs are written strictly in accordance with the laid down procedures,” the Governor directed. He also directed the GAD to ensure that every department discloses the requisite information as required under the RTI Act and puts it on its website,which should be regularly updated. “All the Departments should also undertake an immediate review of Property Statements of Immovable Assets which were filed by the officers for 2013-14 and initiate action against those who failed to file the returns,” the Governor directed.
Bukhari informed the meeting that 16 cases were pending for sanction of prosecution, which included seven cases relating to the Public Sector Undertakings/Autonomous Bodies.
The Director Vigilance informed that during 2014, 79 cases were registered against 240 Public Servants, including 106 Gazetted Officers while 30 Public Servants were caught red handed while accepting bribe and cases stand registered against them.
Meanwhile, in another review meeting, Chief Vigilance Commissioner Kuldeep Khoda and Vigilance Commissioner R K Jerath informed Vohra that 1157 complaints were received by the State Vigilance Commission in 2014 out of which 64 have been referred for Departmental/Administrative Action while registration of cases has been directed in respect of 26 cases.
“He was also informed that during the last five years, 8372 Enquiries/Complaints have been referred to the Departmental Vigilance Officers,” the spokesman said.
The Governor urged the Chief Vigilance Commissioner to hold monthly meetings with the Departmental Vigilance Officers to ensure time-bound action on all enquiry cases.
The Governor urged the CVC to regularly monitor all pending enquiry and prosecution sanction cases in accordance with the provisions under the State Vigilance Commission Act, 2011.