A Jammu and Kashmir police officer has found an unorthodox and a novel way to check corruption and pilferage of coal stocks in thet state: swearing in on the holy Quran and video graphing stocks.
A senior J-K police officer asked two superintendents of police and four deputy superintendents to swear on the Quran and pledge to maintain transparency and honesty while distributing hard coal stocks to outstation police posts in the valley. The swearing took place in the first week of November when the police received the first coal stock for distribution.
“I have asked for shooting of mounds of coal stocks on tapes and still pictures at the distribution point and at the delivery point. The idea is to cross check if the stocks have reached properly,” DIG, Kashmir armed police, Rauf-ul-Hassan told the Hindustan Times.
The move has come in the backdrop of rampant allegations of coal pilferage in distribution every year. There have been complaints in the past by police personnel, of having inadequate stocks at the police posts despite procurement of stocks.
The J-K police buy hard coal worth Rs 11 crore every year to keep their outstation police personnel warm in the four-month winter season in Kashmir. Kashmir police utilizes hard coal worth Rs 3-4 crore annually.
“This (video shooting) is nothing extraordinary. This is my duty. We have to be transparent in the era of right to information. We are accountable to people,” said god-fearing Hassan.
The DIG is quick to add: “I trust my subordinates. All I aim at is that police force gets all comforts extended by the authorities. I have to see if there is pilferage of coal stocks or not,” said Hassan.
The practice of taking oath on the Quran to maintain honesty and transparency for a particular assignment involving crores of rupees is new to the police system in Kashmir, which often comes under scanner for malpractices.
In the era of scams involving the army and the police officers like Adarsh housing society scam in the country, the J-K police officer’s initiative may be a baby step, but in the right direction to improve the tarnished image of the police.