Srinagar, August 17: After dismissing 63 governement officials on the charges of corruption, the state government will very soon sack 50 more corrupt employees on the same charge. Sources have revealed that the second list is prepared and the CM of the state Mufti Mohammad Sayeed is understood to have given his nod to axe 50 more corrupt officials whose names figure list.
A high-level panel constituted by the state government to examine the corruption cases against the tainted officers has submitted the second list of corrupt officials to Chief Minister’s Secretariat. The panel was headed by Chief Secretary Mohammad Iqbal Khanday.
“There are more than 50 names of corrupt officials in the second list. The Chief Minister after giving his consent has forwarded the list to the Chief Secretary office for further action. The government is likely to take action in this regard soon.” sources said.
“The reason for coming out strongly against the corrupt is that government wants to dispel the notion that action is being taken against a few officials. The CM has also instructed that no one would be allowed to interfere in the screening process, and political influence would not be allowed to to protect the corrupt,” sources added.
It is in place to mention here that soon after the Mufti-led government took over in March, the government shot a letter to State Vigilance Organization, to prepare a comprehensive list of officers who were involved in ‘corrupt practices’ or have been rendered as ‘dead wood’ to summarily dismiss them from services or suggest other kind of action, whose offence in corruption was minor.
The SVO was asked to prepare a list of corrupt officials to bring transparency in governance.
The SVO submitted a list of 162 tainted officials to the government. On July 1, the government terminated the services of 63 officials of whom 25 were allegedly caught red-handed by the SVO while accepting bribe.