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SVC for tough action against officers violating orders, guidelines

Jammu, Dec 8, CNS:  Castigating Finance Department for not implementing their own orders, instructions and guidelines, the Chief Vigilance Commissioner has asked the supervisory officers of the department to take action against those officers violating orders and guidelines, issued by the Commission and the Government, from time to time, for eliminating the chances of corruption and maintaining financial discipline. The Commission observed that overlooking intentionally such violations tantamount to encouraging corruption and benefit blue eyed persons thereby inflicting financial loss to state-exchequer.

            This was stated by the Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) while chairing a  meeting of the Commission, held here with the officers of Finance Department,(FD) and its subordinate offices, which was convened to take stock of the progress of the enquiry into corruption related complaints pending with the department besides the Regular Departmental Actions (RDAs) recommended by the Vigilance Commission and Vigilance Organization.

            Referring to one of the grave violations being resorted by Deputy Commissioner Kargil, the CVC said that the officer, despite knowing the violation, has asked the officers to split the developmental works costing below Rs 5 crore. Apart from this, the Deputy Commissioner has asked the officers of the district to shelve the E-tendering procedure, which is a flagrant violation of Government orders and violates the guarantee of economic justice to its citizens provided by the Constitution, he added.         

“Frequent human interface generates chances of corruption” said the CVC and directed the officers to devise methods wherein human interface is minimized to begin with the ultimate objective of eliminating it by providing all services on-line. 

Enjoining upon the officers to establish single window clearing system, the CVC observed that applicants have to move from pillar to post for obtaining NOCs required for different purposes which leads to applicants preferring to pay bribe to get their job done. “In any public service oriented Government, the NOCs should be arranged to be provided by concerned Government Department on-line, he maintained. 

The Commission directed the Heads of all offices under the finance department to post on their website the criteria fixed for obtaining different services to avoid human interface and facilitate submission of all documents on-line. Advocating for creating an atmosphere of cashless transactions, the CVC hoped that it will considerably reduce the chances of corruption. “We should keep pace with this transformation” he advised.

Stressing for making purchasing, procurement and payments electronically, the CVC said that officers should be made accountable in case of any violation. He said in case of any justified emergency, the officer should make only limited purchase to meet the exigency and procure remaining quantity through E. tendering.

Earlier, officers briefed the Commission about the status of the complaints and RDAs (regular departmental actions), working of their departments and the method adopted for disposal of GP fund bills, clearing Government and other bills besides the measures taken for streamlining and improving work culture in the departments with the basic aim of enforcing preventive vigilance.

It was given out that various recommendations made by the Commission to the Government, including abolishing treasury system, are in active consideration of finance department.The meeting was informed that 18 complaints have been disposed of and process for completing enquiry in RDAs has been started and will be completed shortly. Among others, Vigilance Commissioners, Dr. R.K.Jearath, Mrs Gous-ul-Nisa Jeelani, Director General, A&T, Mr Altaf Hussain, DG, Funds, Mrs Pushpa, Excise Commissioner, Addl Secretary, FD, Addl Secretary, SVC  besides other senior officers of Commercial Tax, Excise, Funds and SVC were present in the meeting. (CNS)