SVC Recommendations Hanging Fire For 3 Years

JAMMU: Governor N N Vohra on Wednesday expressed concern over the delay in implementation of State Vigilance Commission’s recommendation in the past three years.    

After a meeting with Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) Kuldeep Khoda who called on him to brief about fate of the Commission’s recommendations, the Governor said that he would early discuss with Chief Minister “to see that the State Government takes time-bound action in regard to the SVC’s recommendations”.

Vohra, according to an official spokesperson, underlined that the recommendations are intended to promote transparency and accountability in the functioning of the governmental system and “thus improve the quality of public services being delivered to the common people”.

Earlier, CVC informed the Governor that various important recommendations are yet to be implemented and include: (i) conducting open auction for sale of forest produce to prevent under-valuation by fixing reserve price prior to the auction. (ii) designating Superintending Engineers (instead of Executive Engineers) in all Engineering departments as the Departmental Vigilance Officers in every district; (iii) enacting a new  J&K Police Act in the light of the directions passed by the Supreme Court; (iv) identification of sensitive points for checking traffic on National Highways for and installation of CCTV cameras on such points as well as in Police Stations; (v) removal of encroachments from the Forest lands (only 1039 hectares retrieved out of  12,626 hectares encroached forest land); (vi)  earmarking one Police Station each at Jammu and Srinagar for dealing with offences related to power thefts; (vii) online uploading of photographs/videographer of all works  executed  with  full details; (viii) digitization of all  revenue records;  (ix) linking of Ration Cards to Aadhaar numbers of the  consumers; (x)  making available all public utility services online;  and (xi)  ensuring  strict  adherence  to  the  Public  Services Guarantee  Act  by  the  Revenue  Department while attesting mutations, issuing PRCs/Category certificates/income certificates/property certificates/Fard Intikhab/preparation of relief cases etc.

As per CVC State Government has initiated action in respect of certain recommendations which include: dispensing with the system of  cheques and making payments by direct transfer to bank accounts of beneficiaries; using GPS to track movement of Kerosene Oil Tankers introduced in Jammu; issuance of single GPF account number to all subscribers irrespective of their postings;  doing away with the system of payments through treasuries; following proper Tender System for works to be executed by all departments; using websites for publication of tender documents; adopting known procedure for fixing reserve price for disposal of surplus, obsolete and unserviceable items; issuing Gun Licenses on-line.

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