SRINAGAR The authorities have placed under suspension four executive officers of municipal committees based on preliminary inquiry reports into the alleged charges of misappropriation, irregularities in financial transactions, gross negligence and misconduct.
According to an order issued by the Director Urban Local Bodies, the officers placed under suspension Including Sarfaraz Ahmad Bhat, Executive Officer Municipal Committee Ganderbal, Shabir Ahmad Wani, Chief Executive Officer Municipal Committee Pahalgam (former Chief Executive Officer MC Anantnag), Syed Nayeem Rizvi, Executive Officer Municipal Committee Bandipora (former Executive Officer MC Anantnag and Ghulam Mohiudin Malik (Executive Officer Municipal Council Anantnag).
During the period of suspension, the officers will remain attached in the office of the director urban local bodies Kashmir, the order says, according to a local news agency.
Meanwhile, Director Urban Local Bodies Kashmir has forwarded a letter to government through Housing and Urban Development Department for detailed investigations in all the four cases by Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).
Following the communication, Additional Secretary to government, Housing and Urban Development Department, has forwarded a letter to Director ACB for a detailed probe against all the four officers.
Meanwhile, the ACB has issued an advisory to government departments, asking them to bring transparency in execution of development works, according to a local news agency.
ACB in an official communiqué to government had informed that they have received complaints regarding embezzlement of funds in various departments through release of funds. “A number of restoration works are undertaken by the Government agencies every year.
In order to ensure that same works are not shown to have been executed repeatedly, it is imperative that location of all works are fully described through GPS coordinates and the photographs before and after execution of work are mandatorily produced before making payments, ” the advisory reads.
ACB has also directed that no work should be taken up without Administrative Approval (AA). “The departments should accord Administrative Approval only after satisfying that same work has not been taken up for execution in earlier years/by other agencies. Withdrawal of bills against any non-existent works/renovation needs to be stopped forthwith, it reads.
Last year Governor Satya Pal Malik-led administration amended Prevention of Corruption Act Samvat, 2006 and Jammu and Kashmir State Vigilance Commission Act, 2011 and established the
Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to combat the menace of corruption in the state. Acting on ACB complaints, government had asked departments to follow these steps before ensure completion of works. The departments have to produce photographic records of all completed works with GPS coordinates and engineering certificate of completion by concerned Executive Engineer or appropriate level.
Besides, planning, Development & Monitoring Department have to develop a Map recording all works on a GIS system by 15.07.2019. The government has also directed Administrative Secretaries to put in place a proper mechanism to ensure these guidelines are followed.
Recently, ACB raided JK Bank headquarters, Deputy Mayor’s office besides arresting executive engineer Roads and Buildings Department, Bandipora, for accepting the bribe ACB also conducted a raid on the office of Divisional Manager State Forest Corporation Kishtwar in connection with illegal allotment of a contract.