Srinagar: Unable to dismiss the image of being the corrupt State, Jammu and Kashmir is witnessing unprecedented rise in number of corruption cases and scams.
According to the official documents the number of complaints registered with State Vigilance Organization (SVO) against various Government functionaries since January 2015 are 309 with the highest number of corruption complaints being filed against the employees of corporations and Revenue Department.
The Jammu and Kashmir State Vigilance Commission (SVC) has also received 875 complaints, since January 2015, out of which 552 were heard and disposed off and remaining 305 complaints are under adjudication.
Many of these accused hold plum postings in various government departments despite facing probe in corruption cases.
Sources in the government told KNS that the corruption was a major challenge in the state with various anti-graft agencies receiving complaints on routine bases. “Corruption is a major challenge for the government and its adverse effects on the society cannot be underestimated. In solving pending cases collection of relevant records required in investigation takes a lot of time,” one of the senior officials of the government said.
Sources said that besides the cases which are under investigation with the state vigilance organization and SVC, major chunk of the crime and corruption cases are also under investigation with crime branch.
Inspector General of Crime Branch Munner Ahmad Khan told KNS that he has asked officials to fasten the investigations in the cases registered in crime.
One of the top officials of the government said that the instructions have been issued by the government to all the anti graft agencies to conclude all the pending regular departmental action against the delinquent public servant expeditiously. “Instructions have been also given to all anti graft bodies to curb the menace of corruption by concluding all pending cases with them in a time bound manner,” the official said.
One of the senior officials of the Vigilance organization said that most of the departments are reluctant in sharing case history of the accused. “As a result the cases gather dust and accused roam free,” the official said adding that delaying tactics by concerned departments is adding to woes of SVO. (KNS)