Haryana govt for graft-free governance

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jan 01, 2015 20:56 IST

The state government has taken an initiative to provide a graft-free administration, an official release said on Thursday.

Stating that the state government had written to all the heads of departments, boards and corporations outlining a two-pronged strategy to stamp out corruption, an official spokesman claimed that the communication asked the officials to take immediate steps to root out corruption, using a preventive and participatory strategy.

Every department, board or corporation would identify five most vulnerable areas to begin with, and in consultation with the officials working under their control, would prepare a list of points and places in their respective organisations where corrupt practices were prevalent, he said.

They would pay special attention for eradication of corruption at such points and places by adopting a two-pronged strategy- process, re-engineering and induction of information technology. Also, special care would be taken to post officials with integrity at these points and places, he said.

A discrete watch would be kept by gazetted officials in such places followed by surprise checks, which would be conducted after acquainting themselves with the modus operandi adopted by corrupt public servants, he added. The list would be updated in January every year.

The spokesman said that the heads would also prepare four lists of officers of doubtful integrity (ODIs) every January. Names of gazetted officials and subordinate ranks convicted in a court of law or awarded major penalty in criminal or disciplinary proceedings, respectively, on charges of lack of' integrity, or for an offence involving moral turpitude or against whom such proceedings are pending, would be included in the ODI list.
The spokesman said that all heads would also prepare a list of undesirable contact men (UCMs) suspected of facilitating corrupt or irregular practices in public offices functioning under their control. The list would be circulated in all government offices and the heads advised not to let these UCMs operate in their offices.

All the heads would also ensure implementation of the Right to Information (RTI) Act in letter and spirit and maximum information should be made available on the website to minimise the need for filing RTI applications by the citizens, the spokesman added.

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