The Jammu and Kashmir government will setup a State Vigilance Commission (SVC) to inquire into the offences of corruption by public servants in the State.
"A bill provides for the constitution of a State Vigilance Commission (SVC) in J&K to inquire or cause inquiries to be conducted into offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act, Samvat 2006 by public servants, employees of corporations, government companies, societies and local authorities owned or controlled by the government", Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ali Mohmmad Sagar said while introducing the Jammu and Kashmir State Vigilance Commission Bill, 2010 in Legislative Assembly today.
The commission will be headed by the Chief Vigilance Commissioner and will have two Vigilance Commissioners as its other members, Sagar said, adding their appointments would be made by the government.
The Chief Vigilance Commissioner and Vigilance Commissioners will have to take oath according to the form set out for the purpose in schedule to this Act, he said.
The CVC shall hold the office for a term of four years from the date on which he enters upon his office or till he retires on attaining the age of superannuation, which ever earlier, he said, adding "each VC will hold office for a period of 4 years".
The secretary of the commission shall be of the rank of Special Secretary to government and other supporting staff consisting of about 30 officers/officials in different categories, Sagar said, adding the annual expenditure on this account shall be approximately to the tune of Rs 90 lakh.
The Second Administrative Reforms Commission of India in its fourth report titled 'Ethics in Governance' had recommended that each state should constitute a SVC to look into cases of corruption against state government officials and anti-corruption bureaus should be brought under the control of SVC, he said.
After considering the matter, the government decided to implement the recommendations so that the entire structure of the anti-corruption machinery in state is re-structured, he said, adding it is necessary to have a SVC at the state level to deal with cases of corruption relating to public servants.