In its first action to "weed out deadwood" from the state administration, the Mufti Muhammad Sayeed-led PDP-BJP government Tuesday cleared dismissal of 63 officials from their service, sources told Greater Kashmir.
Acting on recommendations of a high-level committee headed by Chief Secretary Muhammad Iqbal Khanday, the government approved termination of 63 officials, who are either tainted or incompetent, from their service.
According to sources, Mufti gave his nod to the move after studying the cases.
Sources told Greater Kashmir that the process of preparing a list of tainted officials in the administration had begun soon after formation of the PDP-BJP government on March 1 this year.
According to them, the administrative departments were directed to prepare list of tainted officials along with documentary evidence against them.
"Recently, the CS-led committee met and recommended action against these officials," they disclosed.
Talking to Greater Kashmir, cabinet spokesman and Education Minister NaeemAkther said the government is "committed to clean the administration of deadwood and elements who don't enjoy good reputation".
"The government is committed to provide an institutionalized transparency set-up so that accountability of everyone, whether public representatives or officials, is ensured," he said.
Akther said the process would continue to ensure transparency in governance.
"The process is on and all procedures would be followed," he said.
The process to dismiss corrupt officials was first started when Mufti was heading the PDP-Congress coalition government in the State. The exercise, however, came to abrupt halt after action against some lower-rung officials.
In 2011, Omar Abdullah also constituted a panel to restart the exercise. The government then constituted a high-level committee headed by Chief Secretary MadhavLal and comprising Principal Secretary Home BR Sharma and Commissioner-Secretary GAD MS Khan as its members. But the process did not pick up.
Earlier this year, Mufti had described corruption as major challenge in the state.
In 2014, the government had revealed that 600 corruption cases had been registered against state officials.
It disclosed that 304 such cases were pending before SVO and Crime Branch.
As per government data, graft cases are registered against several IAS and KAS officers, Engineers, Directors, Assistant Directors, Managers, Enforcement Officers, Ward Officers, Tehsildars, Supervisors, Police officers, Block Development Officers, Store Keepers and others.