SRINAGAR The Jammu and Kashmir government Wednesday approved setting up of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) for tackling corruption in the state in an effective manner, an official spokesperson said.
The decision to set up the ACB was taken at a meeting of the State Administrative Council, which met under the chairmanship of Governor Satya Pal Malik here.
“To tackle and eradicate corruption in the state in a more effective and meaningful manner, the State Administrative Council (SAC) gave nod for setting up the first-ever Anti-Corruption Bureau in the state,” the spokesperson said.
Briefing about the significant decision, state Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam said the establishment of a full-fledged ACB would do away with the shortcomings and multiplicity of roles in the existing anti-corruption mechanism operational in the state.
He said ever since the placement of the state under the governor’s rule, the administration has been single-mindedly pursuing the agenda for improving delivery of development and governance in a transparent and result-oriented manner.
Keeping this objective in view, the chief secretary said the governor’s administration has worked out a mission which shifts the focus from outlays to outcomes and improving governance through various initiatives which include establishment of cells for public grievance redressal, monitoring identified mega projects and flagship programmes and setting up of an ACB based on the best models in the country.
The chief secretary said with a view to providing clean, transparent and people-centric governance to the people, the governor’s administration recognised the need to tackle the menace of corruption as critical to good governance in the state.
To achieve this, strengthening of the anti-corruption laws and the vigilance organisation based on the best models in the country has been accorded top priority, he added.
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