Corrupt officials under Governor’s scanner

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Directs authorities to examine disproportionate assets of tainted officials

Ishtyaq Ahmad

Srinagar, Sep 28: The government employees who are habitual of corruption have come under scanner of Governor Satya Paul Malik as he has asked authorities to make a system in which whosoever involved in corruption will be dealt strictly.
Sources said that the governor has also directed authorities to examine the disproportionate assets of various tainted officials and accordingly take serious action in this regard.
Sources said that the Governor’s office at civil secretariat and Raj Bawan is monitoring the activities of corrupt officials on day-to-day basis and action against some is expected soon. “Governor has asked the authorities to make a system in which whosoever involved in corruption will be dealt with,” sources claimed.
“I have no problem to say that there was corruption in the administration in Jammu and Kashmir. We have taken action against 2-3 senior officers. The Government is examining the situation and will seize disproportionate assets of the officials. It is the share of the people, which the corrupt people are swindling. This can’t be tolerated,” Sources quoting Governor having said.
Sources added that most of these tainted officers are working in different departments like R&B, Health, PHE, and Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs).
Sources said that government will sent their files to State Vigilance Organization (SVO) and other agencies for making fool-proof cases against them. “To make the case fool-proof, the Government will backup these with documentary evidence from anti-corruption bodies and other agencies including the Criminal Investigation Department of the police before further action,” sources maintained.
Sources further said that governor has been informed that tainted officers in the state have been from time to time saved by the respective heads. “Cases are hushed up at the instance of seniors and are not taken to their logical ends. The officers, who should have landed in jails for their wrongdoings and unlawful acts, have risen to the higher ranks,” according to sources, governor was informed.
One of the top officials of the government said that the corruption was a major challenge in the state with various anti-graft agencies receiving complaints on routine bases. “It is true that corruption is a major challenge for the government and its adverse effects on the society cannot be underestimated,” the official said. (KNS)