CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed shunts out officials figuring in vigilance list

  • Tarun Upadhyay,, Jammu
  • Updated: Mar 15, 2015 21:12 IST

The BJP-PDP government headed by chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed had taken two major decisions in the first administrative reshuffle. Firstly, the government has removed officials with negative vigilance reports and secondly, it is after a long time a Muslim has been made head of the state's intelligence unit.

The vigilance department has prepared a list of the 100 most corrupt officials in the state. The list, sources said, was received by the chief minister.

The vigilance list, included names of Vinod Koul, secretary revenue; Kiran Wattal, commissioner, Jammu Municipal Corporation; Mir Tariq Ali project director, Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan; GN Qasba, commissioner, Srinagar Municipal Corporation and Daleep Thusu, secretary J&K state sports council. All these officials were transferred and directed to report to the general administration department.

The vigilance department has also prepared a list of honest officials with a recommendation to promote them. The list included the names like Gazzanfar Hussain, commissioner/secretary health and medical education, who was posted as divisional commissioner Kashmir. Soujanya awaiting orders of adjustment, included in the list, was posted as commissioner Jammu Municipal Corporation.

Abdul Ghani Mir is the first Muslim to be posted as IGP, CID after more than two-decade.

"The list was prepared during the governor's rule. The CM intending to give effective and honest administration has made decisions after going through it and after consultations with the BJP which had also decided to support the CM in taking on corruption," said a senior official, wishing not be named.

Sources said the CM and the cabinet will gradually remove the officials holding plum postings who had figured in the list, though the government had said it will not indulge in witch-hunting.

"The CM wants to change official perception that corrupt officials are not only allowed to go scot-free but given prime postings. The culture has developed in the outgoing government and the CM is serious to reverse it," said the official.

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