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J&K Reorganization: Corruption cases to be settled in 2 years
12/12/2019 10:58:19 PM

Early Times Report
Jammu, Dec 12: The government employees in the newly carved Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh can end up in big trouble if they indulge in any sort of corrupt practices. According to J&K Reorganization Act 2019, central anti-graft law has become applicable in the twin UTs and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) can directly register cases against the employees in J&K as well as Ladakh.
An analyst while talking to Early Times said, "The applicability of the central laws in J&K means that corruption cases have to be settled within two years. Earlier, corruption cases used to linger on for years together and used to get closed without reaching anywhere."
He said, "Earlier, CBI had to seek prior permission from the erstwhile state government to register a case against any employee. Now, the CBI can take the cognizance of the complaint and start investigations without waiting for anyone's nod."
An observer said that whosoever ruled Jammu & Kashmir during the past 70 years made tall promises about wiping out corruption from the system and dealing with the corrupt elements sternly. "The anti-graft agencies in the erstwhile state did register many cases and had nailed many big fishes but the big guns always saved their skins as they enjoyed political patronage. Now the times have changed and the people who have filled their coffers during all these years will have to explain how they accumulated wealth disproportionate to their known sources of income," he added.
He said, "Since the day J&K has been reorganized things have changed drastically. Attitude of the government employees towards their jobs has changed. They seem to have realized that they cannot take their jobs and assignments casually as they are being watched and their performance is under scrutiny."
Another analyst said, "The administration of J&K UT needs to go through the cases which were registered against the big guns in the past. These cases can be handed over to CBI so that investigations could be taken to their logical conclusion. It will serve as a deterrent and will make others think twice. There are many politicians against whom there were serious allegations of corruption but due to the clout and the power enjoyed by them, they were never held accountable."
He said, "At present centre is directly managing the J&K affairs and it can set many things right. Corruption has always been a big issue in J&K and one hopes that helmsmen would pay attention towards it."
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