Omar’s war on corruption loses steam

4 years on, SVO pursues only 31 of 181 registered bribery cases  

JAMMU 

2011 : 86 cases registered, challan for 11 

 2012: 28 cases filed, challan against 10 junior employees

 2013: 17 cases registered , all taken up

2014 : 13 cases but no challan was produced.

KASHMIR

2011: 28 cases registered, 12 challans produced 

2012: 34 cases filed, challan for only 8 

2013: 19 cases registered, only one challan produced

2014: 14 cases but no challan so far 

SRINAGAR: The state’s war on corruption seems floundering as the fresh data shows only 17 percent of the registered cases are being pursued by the State Vigilance Organization. The details also suggest that only junior level officials have been facing the official axe while the senior officers enjoy strong clout among political circles and authorities fear reprisals in going after seniors even if the case is backed by solid evidence. 

According to the officials figures, from January 2011 to present, 181 cases of corruption have been registered in state’s vigilance organization among which challan has been produced of only 17 percent and 83 percent of the registered cases are under investigation.

Details point out that 21 percent of the registered cases are of the officials belonging to revenue department including patwaris and others. 50 percent of the cases were registered against the junior level officials and only 10 percent of the cases are of the employees belonging to state’s gazzeted cadre.

Reports informed that in 2011 in Jammu 86 cases were registered among which challans have been produced against 11 cases while as 75 cases are under investigation. In 2012, 28 cases were registered and challans were produced against 10 employees. In 2013, 17 cases registered and all cases are under investigation. Also in 2014 when 13 cases of corruption have been registered, no challan was produced.

In Kashmir region, during 2011, 28 cases were registered and 12 challans were produced while as 16 cases are still under investigation. In 2012, 34 cases were registered and 8 challans were produced while as 26 cases are still under investigation.

In 2013, 19 cases were registered among which one challan was produced and 18 cases are under investigation. During the current year, 14 cases have been registered with the vigilance organization among which no challan has been produced so far and all cases are under investigation.   (Kashmir News Service)     

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