Srinagar, June 11 (GNS): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary have convened meeting on June 16 to discuss the issue of corruption in Jammu & Kashmir and means to curb it. This would be the second meeting on the subject within a week.
Official sources told GNS that meeting, scheduled at 11:00 a.m. on June 16, is likely to be attended by Financial Commissioner, Finance Department, Principal Secretaries to the Government Science & Technology Department, Housing & Urban Development Department, Revenue, Power Development Department, PWD(R&B) besides Commissioner/Secretary Industries & Commerce Department, Jal Shakti Department as well as secretaries to the Planning & Monitoring, Rural Development and PR, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs and Secretary-General Administration Department. Director, Anti Corruption Bureau, J&K, has also been asked to attend the meeting, the sources said. After cumination of the first meeting, the Chief Secretary while naming a few departments figuring as highly vulnerable to corruption, had urged the departments to promote transparency and accountability, follow model practices and carry out systemic reforms to curb corruption in the governance system.
He had asked Secretaries to suggest measures to check corruption in their departments within a week.
Reiterating the government’s resolve of zero tolerance towards non adherence to rules, illegal commission-omission of acts by departments, the Chief Secretary had asked the officers to additionally address the procedural side of corruption which surfaces due to lack of codification of rules, and scarce technological interventions at field offices paired with dearth of human resource development programmes for capacity building of government employees. (GNS)