Status of Vigilance cases


Governor's Administration has decided to ascertain the status of the cases registered by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) before considering the promotion of tainted officers of the State Government and in the first instance accord of higher grade to over a dozen officers has been withheld for want of necessary information from the premier investigating agency of the State.Government vide Order No.1488-GAD dated December 26, 2011 had laid down a procedure to be adopted by the Establishment-cum-Selection Committee while making promotions to various scales of the Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Service commonly known as KAS. The Administrative Department concerned shall place before the Establishment-cum-Selection Committee headed by the Chief Secretary the integrity certificate and clearance from vigilance in respect of each officer in the zone of the consideration. However, this procedure was not being strictly followed as a result of which even the 'tainted' officers were getting promotions despite facing FIRs under Jammu and Kashmir Prevention of Corruption Act.
Now, the Governor's Administration has decided to strictly implement the explicit procedure so as to put brakes on the promotion of officers, who have been booked under the Jammu and Kashmir Prevention of Corruption Act and Establishment-Cum-Selection Committee headed by the Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam has already started acting strictly on the procedure. The General Administration Department has formally written to the Headquarters of Anti-Corruption Bureau seeking status of the FIRs registered against these 13 officers and the requisite information is likely to be placed before the Establishment-cum-Selection Committee shortly. It is pertinent to mention here that some of the officers in the list of 13 were holding the prime posts even after facing Anti-Corruption Bureau FIRs but were given lesser important positions only on the instructions of Chief Secretary. It may be recalled that recently the Chief Secretary issued directions for conducting departmental and criminal proceedings against the erring Government servants simultaneously as a part of the strategy to deal strictly with the 'tainted' officers.

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