1039 Corrupt officials identified, 104 on watchlist – Guv Vohra on disinfection mode
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After directions of Governor N N Vohra, Top officials of GAD, State Vigilance Commission (SVC) and State Vigilance Organization (SVO) are working on identifying the corrupt elements in the State. SVO has put it’s finger on the tainted officials, serving at different levels in the administration and the list is likely to be submitted to Raj Bhavan soon.
“After the directions of Governor, the Vigilance Organisation in consultation with GAD had started an exercise to primarily identify the Departments, where corruption is deep rooted and also prepared a list of officials, who were indulging in illegal practices”, say reliable sources.
“The details gathered by the Vigilance Organization have been categorized into three groups:
1. Government employees, who were habitual offenders;
2. Officials who identified as corrupt elements and
3. Officers, who were prone to adopt corrupt practices”, sources said.
From 2008-2014, the total number of tainted officials who are categorically at fault are 1039. There are 185 employees in the first category of habitual offenders and 854 officials were classified in the other two categories.
“The Vigilance Organization has also prepared a corruption index. This includes various Government Departments on the basis of widespread corruption”, sources added,
Guv Vohra has asked for the preparation of a separate list of those officers, who repeatedly participate in corrupt practices and are not ready to mend their ways besides the famous first list of deadwood in the Government departments.
If sources are to be believed, “On the directions of Guv Vohra, the Vigilance Organization has prepared a separate list of the habitual offenders and identified 27 officials. These are offenders who have more than two FIRs against their names. There are 148 officials who have been caught red-handed in traps and 9 others, against whom inquiry proceedings were initiated in past”.
“There were 777 cases under the second category, wherein as per the provisions of Vigilance manual, Departmental Inquiry had been recommended. However, interestingly, in all these cases the Departmental inquiries had been lingering for quite some time and Government sanction for their prosecution was pending in such cases”, sources said.
“In several cases, the Government had offered a new lease of life to corrupt elements by not giving the sanction to prosecute them. There were at least nine high ranking officials, against whom prosecution sanction has been pending”, they added.
In case of senior incumbents like KAS officials, the prosecution sanction ought to be given by GAD Department, which is headed by the Chief Minister, while as in case of lower rank officers, the sanction is accorded by the concerned Minister. “In case of IAS/IPS/IFS cadre officers, the prosecution sanction has to be obtained from the Central Government”, sources remarked.
Sources stated there were only 77 cases during the past six year (2008-14), wherein officials were awarded punishment after the Departmental Inquiries indicted them for the wrongdoing.
In the January 19 meeting, the Governor had also directed the Vigilance Organization to ensure that the public service delivery system is kept under special watch for its responsive and transparent functioning.
As per the instructions from Raj Bhavan, sources said, “process was also initiated to identify the corrupt elements within the administration and there was a list of 104 officials, who had been kept on the watch list. Several of these officials included were holding key positions in the administration and the list included several Heads of Departments and Directors”, sources said.
Elaborating over the Corruption index prepared by the Vigilance Organization, sources said, “we have identified several Departments, where officials are more prone to corrupt practices. While Revenue Department leads the pack, it is closely followed by the Education Department and Forest Department figures at the end of list”,