“ Government Departments Shy Away From Transparency “
Jammu: Demanding full implementation of Jammu and Kashmir State Vigilance Commission’s directive regarding publication of details of every tender on the tender inviting department’s website, Raman Sharma, RTI activist has asked the General Administration department to ensure implementation of the order of the SVC in toto.
As per circular no. 4-SVC of 2014 dated 17/12/2014, the Jammu and Kashmir State Vigilance Commission had directed all the government departments, Public Sector Undertakings and Government Companies and Societies owned or controlled by the state government to ensure that the tender issued for procurement of stores and for execution of works are besides publication in local dailies are also published and uploaded on the official website of the concerned department and in case they do not have the official website they should create the same. The directive of the commission also states that “it has been generally observed that the tenders are generally published in the newspapers with meagre circulation”.
Raman has dispatched a letter to Secretary General Administration department requesting him to ensure proper implementation of the above order of the SVC for by al the departments of the Jammu and Kashmir government larger public interest and to promote transparency and fair competition in the tendering process for procurement of goods and services by the different entrepreneurs and companies.
In his submission to the GAD, Sharma has also demanded stern action against the Heads of the Departments that are not implementing the specific order of the Vigilance Commission which can otherwise be a milestone towards e-governance as well.