Election Or No Election, Fight Against Corruption To Continue: Azad
11 January 2008
Jammu: Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad Friday said his fight against corruption would continue with strong commitment notwithstanding the fact that the State would go through elections this year. “Some people feel that the assembly elections being round the corner, the government might go slow on its war against corruption”, Azad said while delivering his speech at the 7th Conference of Departmental Vigilance Officers (DVO) here and vehemently dispelled this view, saying his fight against the scourge would remain the core issue for his government during 2008 as well. He said he wanted to see J&K as No 1 transparent, accountable and honest State across India. The Chief Minister took a serious view of reports that some departmental vigilance officers were drawing flak from their senior officers for exposing corruption in their departments and said the discouragement of these officers would be construed as tacit support to corruption. Earlier, Azad gave away mementos, certificates and cash prizes to officials and individuals for helping the government in its war against corruption. Shyam Bijyal and Imam Din, Assistant Commissioner Development, Kathua and Ramban, respectively were given mementos and certificates while Altaf Hussain Teli, a contractor from Kulangam, Handwara and Muhammad Saleem Malla of Sangaldan, Gool received Rs. 51,000 cash award and certificate each. S. P., Ashok Kumar and Dy S. P., Ghulam Mohiuddin Andrabi of Vigilance Organisation were given CM’s Vigilance Medal for their contribution to drive against corruption. Shyam Bijyal dedicated this honour to his parents and teachers on the occasion. Addressing the conference, Chief Secretary, B. R. Kundal laid stress on system change and greater involvement of people for effectively fighting corruption. He said there was need for more focus on prevention of the menace while dealing with the challenge. Earlier, State Vigilance Commissioner, Dr. Ashok Bhan in his welcome address gave a resume of the activities of his organization and said that offices of the organization would be set up at Leh, Poonch, Doda, Kupwara and Islamabad to bring in more effectiveness in its activities. He highlighted a mixture of preventive and punitive vigilance to check corruption and suggested that senior officers should be nominated as DVOs on full time basis.