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Govt directs anti-graft agencies to prepare report of tainted, corrupt officials

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Srinagar, June 27: The state government headed by Governor NN Vohra is preparing a crackdown on corrupt officials to make it taint-free state.
Highly placed sources said that the anti-graft agencies have been asked to prepare a report of tainted and corrupt officials for immediate action.
“The list prepared by state vigilance commission, will be sent to the Governor’s office, to monitor the conduct of tainted officials and take necessary action to prosecute, or recommend departmental action including major penalty, demotion or even dismissal from service,” sources maintained.
Sources said that the exercise is among the key agenda of the government headed by Governor NN Vohra to bring transparency in the governance.
Sources maintained that the government has also asked all public sector undertakings, government departments to speed-up investigation in corruption cases. “The DVOs have also been asked to review their respective pendencies and take expeditious action to bring them to a logical conclusion within the prescribed time limit,” sources said.
Sources said that there are number of pending complaints of corruption with Public Health Engineering/Irrigation & Flood Control Department, Public Works Department and Health Department, including some corporations.
Sources said that acting tough on corruption in the Government Departments and inordinate delay in according sanction for prosecution of corrupt officers, Governor NN Vohra recently in a meeting issued a series of directions to secretaries and the General Administration Department (GAD) to submit detailed reports to him on status-quo of various cases of investigations including decision on sanction of prosecution.
Sources said that the Governor has directed that prosecution sanction should be expedited so that the corrupt officers didn’t manage to take advantage of the delay.
Sources further said that the governor has also sought report on completion of Annual Performance Reports (APRs) of all Government employees with regard to each department. Sources said that the governor Vohra will shortly hold review of all anti-corruption related issues with the top brass of the State Vigilance Commission (SVC) and State Vigilance Organization (SVO).
It is to mention here that the number of officers facing corruption charges was awarded plum postings.
Sources said that there was a deluge of complaints received by the State Vigilance Organization and vigilance commission from last few years. “In a number of complaints in 2015- to 2017, allegations were mainly about violation of codal formalities in the award of contracts in works, purchases, appointments, promotions and transfer, denial of services by the government departments etc,” sources disclosed.
It is to mention here that the previous government had decided to order premature retirement of ‘corrupt and incapable’ officials, who have not been able to deliver in their respective departments.
The government had also constituted a high-level committee headed by Chief Secretary and the committee was to be the final authority to take action against the corrupt officials.
In 2015 the government had removed several tainted officials and non-performing bureaucrats from the plum postings.
Sources said that now it is also interesting to see that how the Governor will make up his mind to go after officials who have amassed wealth and property beyond their known income. “The government must asked the authorities to gather information about the property and wealth of officers, officials from last many years so that it is ascertained who has resorted to unfair means to amass wealth and property,” sources maintained. (KNS)


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Restoration of Srinagar roads to begin this week: DC

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Srinagar, Apr 21 : Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, Sunday said that restoration work of roads across the district damaged during snow-clearance operations this past winter will start this week.

The DC who was speaking in a meeting with Superintending Engineers and Executive Engineers of the Public Works Department said the delay in repairing of roads resulted from the strike by contractors.

He said some 30 roads totalling over 60 kilometres of road length from across the district will be repaired adding that funds therefor have been released to the concerned agencies.

 

The concerned officers have been instructed to devote all efforts required and ensure completion of the road restoration work within the shortest time possible.

The DC while stating that the government recognises and is addressing the issues of the contractors said stringent of actions as warranted under the law will be taken against attempts at creating hinderances in the restoration work.

He said hinderances therein will be seen as attempts at causing public nuisance and inconvenience and that criminal proceedings will be initiated against offenders without second thoughts.

Dr Shahid who is also the District Election Officer of the Srinagar district said clearance on account of the Model Code of Conduct has been accorded for initiation of developmental works with special focus being on the roads.

Joint Director Planning M Yaseen Lone and Superintending Engineers Roads & Buildings and Circular Road Project Srinagar and Executive Engineers Construction Division-I, Construction Division-II, Left River Circular Road, Right River Circular Road, City Roads, Landscaping Division, Truck Terminal Division and Project Circle Division were all present in the meeting.

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Article 370 bridge between J&K and Centre: Mir

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Srinagar, Apr 21: J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) President and party candidate from Anantnag Lok Sabha Parliamentary Constituency G A Mir on Sunday said that Article 370 reflects the unique identity of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, working as bridge between State and Centre.
“Congress Party will take all measures to safeguard the special status, won’t allow BJP to play with the emotions of the people, for the fact, the Special Status granted to J&K under Constitutions of India has emotional binding with the people, any attempt to dilute it will be thwarted,” Mir said while addressing public meetings at Halsidar, Halan, Dooru Ziyarat and at Historic Lal Chowk in Anantnag town.
Taking a jibe at BJP for raking up 370 issues for electoral gains, Mir said that, “BJP knows that the Article cannot be tinkered because of its permanency and supremacy, whatever Narindar Modi or Amit Shah, say with regard to the issue during their election rallies were based on lies and deceit to mislead people of the Country,” he said.
G.A Mir added and appealed people of Anantnag to ensure his victory with a thumping majority to ensure that communal and fascist forces, besides the opportunist political fronts in J&K are defeated.
He appealed people not to miss the opportunity of the present elections to defeat BJP-RSS menace, which have been dreaming to abrogate Article 370 once they get the clear majority and sought people support to defend the special status of the State from being eroded.
G.A. Mir said PDP which has failed people on all fronts even got the By-Elections to Anantnag Lok Sabha tactfully cancelled to evade defeat besides satisfying the BJP RSS because the communal forces were afraid of Congress Party’s victory, now this opportunist Party (PDP) was again trying to mislead people of south Kashmir for electoral gains, but at the same time, Mir felt confident that people of Anantnag will come out on 23rd April to cast their vote in favour of Congress Party to ensure that communal forces and their old friends were kept at bay, he said.
It is our ultimate goal to serve people and ensure their safety and development, we (Congress Party) will not be cowed down by the falsehood of PDP BJP and other opportunist Parties and will continue to serve people to the best of our ability, besides safeguarding the special status of the State, although Congress Party was the architect of Art 370 35A granting special status to J&K, but this time the party has reiterated its commitment which the Party has declared in its poll manifesto, G.A. Mir said .

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Geelani calls for election boycott, shutdown in Anantnag on Apr 23

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Srinagar, Apr 21: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani on Sunday urged people to boycott polls and observe shutdown on April 23 in Anantnag.
“Participation in elections, amounts to “betrayal of the sacred blood of martyrs and disrespect towards those who were deprived of their belongings, lost eyesight and those who while ruthless killed, arrested, economically strangulated, caged, enforced demographic changes through judicial onslaught just to cement the illegal forced occupation,” Geelani said in a statement.
He wanted people to stand united in defeating the nefarious designs of the oppressor and completely boycott the elections as they did in Srinagar, which will have very positive and encouraging effect on the ongoing movement, as Indian imperialistic mindset is portraying these elections as a substitute to our right to self-determination and always tries to hoodwink the Indian people & international community.
In a statement issued, Hurriyat (G) chairman further said that those who participate in elections and seeking votes from people have an unending lust of power and wealth, which increases with each passing day. They are nothing, but the worst enemies of our nation as they act as the collaborators of the oppressor just for their personnel gains. It is their lust for power and follies sponsored by these corroborators that justifies the enforced occupation, He said.
He said that we have invested mighty human material and every person, family and region has its own contribution which legalizes and compels the stakeholders not to let these precious sacrifices go waste.
Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman said that our occupier is not only brutal but cunning as well. Votes on basic necessities and daily needs are being portrayed as endorsement for their forced occupation.
Elaborating leadership said, that we should convey a strong message to world community that Jammu and Kashmir is a political dispute and the election drama being staged in the territory by India cannot be an alternative to the right to self-determination for people in Jammu & Kashmir.

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