Conversion of land use

07/04/2021

Unreasonable it may sound but it is a fact that Regular Departmental Action (RDA) ordered against the then officials of the Jammu Municipal Corporation for facilitating conversion of residential building into commercial more than three and half years back has yet not been completed by the Housing and Urban Development Department. The department is flouting the guidelines issued by the Government of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir for dealing with regular departmental inquiries against the delinquent officials. The Vigilance Wing of the General Administration Department has referred the matter of facilitating conversion of residential building into commercial by the then officials of Jammu Municipal Corporation to the Housing and Urban Development Department for necessary action. However, there was no action on the communication of General Administration Department for several months. Now, three and half years after the recommendation of General Administration Department and over three years after the initiation of first inquiry.
It is really a matter of serious concern that Housing and Urban Development Department has failed to complete the Regular Departmental Action process during the past three and half years and what sort of deterrent effect the Regular Departmental Action will have if the process is completed after such a prolonged delay. This is the clear example of blatant violation of the guidelines issued by the Government of J&K Union Territory vis-à-vis dealing with regular departmental inquiries against the delinquent officials. Few months back, the General Administration Department, in a formal circular, had observed: "The guidelines and procedures to be adopted in Regular Departmental Enquiries are still not being followed by the departments, in letter and spirit, which defeats the very purpose behind recommendation of the same". The departments should monitor each departmental enquiry carefully to ensure its completion in a time bound manner preferably within a period of three months and not more than 6 months in any case, and its outcome shared with the General Administration Department (Vigilance). The General Administration Department had also observed that after receiving of recommendations from the investigating agencies, the department instead of serving charge-sheet to the delinquent public servant(s) choose to appoint "Enquiry Officer" or constitute "Enquiry Committee" at their level to decide the matter, which is unnecessary, uncalled for and often seen as a delaying tactic to avoid conclusion of departmental enquiries in accordance with the rules.

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