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Tainted officials roaming free, DVOs fail to conclude corruption cases
11/18/2018 11:11:30 PM
Ishtiyaq Ahmad
Early Times Report
srinagar, Nov 18: Though the concept of Departmental Vigilance officers (DVOs) in government departments was to help in identifying corrupt officers, but over the years it has been seen that these officers have failed to complete time bound enquiries in case of corruption.
Official sources told ET that there are hundreds of corruption related enquiries pending for the last 10-years with vigilance officers of government departments in the state.
One of the top officials here in the vigilance organization told ET that though the organization over the years have registered hundreds of cases related to corruption, nepotism, high-handedness and red-tapism , but the officers concerned have failed to initiate action.
He said in many of these cases, the vigilance organization initiated FIRs, recommended suspension of the officials involved and action against senior functionaries of these departments, However, the recommendations were either ignored or partly implemented.
According to the official, most of these cases were related to the R&B department, PHE, Health, followed by PSUs.
"Departmental heads seem less interested in punishing the corrupt officials," the official said. He said that the issue was also raised with the government recently.
Sources also said that the departmental vigilance officers were directed several times by the government to adopt a "multi-dimensional approach" to check allegations of corruption against government officials. However, most of the times, they either take years to complete the investigations or enquiries remain unresolved.
Over these years, the highest number of enquiries were pending in Revenue, R&B and Rehabilitation Department. Figures had revealed that action has been taken in only 100 cases, while 2,063 were still awaiting disposal in the department.
Sources said that in Rural Development Department, 772 enquiries were pending, while only 51 cases have been resolved. In Housing and Urban Development Department, action was taken in 195 cases out of 512.
The figures had also said that at least 165 corruption related cases were resolved in Education Department and enquiry was pending in over 1,175 cases. In Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Department, action was taken in only 14 cases, while investigations have not been completed in over 255 cases.
The government had issued a circular, where the chief vigilance officers and departmental vigilance officers of all departments were directed to ensure completion of the enquiries pending with them "expeditiously".
The departments were told to provide the complete information on their websites regarding the laws, rules and procedures governing the issue of licenses, permissions, clearances, and certificates, which they have ignored so far.
It is to mention here that SVC had advised the Government that only such officers should be appointed as CVOs, DVOs, additional vigilance officers who have appropriate "seniority and integrity".
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