J&K: State Vigilance committee report shows war against corruption has hit a ‘Dead end’ in J&K

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War against corruption has hit a dead end after Jammu and Kashmir State Vigilance Commission (SVC), reported that 8,935 enquiries are pending in different government departments for the last nine years.

In its fourth annual report of the SVC, which was tabled in Legislative Assembly by Public Works Department Minister Naeem Akhtar on Thursday, the Commission said the highest number of 2,163 cases is pending disposal with the department vigilance officers (DVOs) of revenue and relief department.

Despite tall claims of anti-corruption mechanism, almost all the departments have the dark underbellies.

According to SVC report, 1174 cases  are pending in Education department, 823  Rural Development Department, 517  Police Department, 431  Social Welfare Department, 394 Health and Medicals Education,  392 Public Health Engineering, 377 Forest, 310 Municipality and 198 Consumer Affairs and Public distribution. Around 209 cases pertain to private persons.

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“Statements of complainants and inquiries and complaints referred to various departments from time to time by the State Vigilance Organization presented a dismal picture as hardly any complaint was found disposed of  by any department”, the report said.

Chief Vigilance Commissioner PL. Gupta and Vigilance Commissioner Gazanffer Hussain on Thursday Governor NN Vohra and briefed Governor about the main features of the 4th Annual Report and the special efforts being made to dispose off the pending inquiries before the Commission and to enhance the accountability of the administrative system.

“Governor advised the Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) to speed up the processes of the Commission to see that the corrupt elements, particularly those occupying senior echelons, are effectively dealt with, if transparency is to be introduced in the functioning of the public institutions”, said an official spokesman.