44 ‘corrupt officials’ to get inducted into KAS

   

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Srinagar

Tall claims of the state government to provide transparent and effective administration notwithstanding, 44 posts of prestigious Kashmir Administration Service (induction cadre) will stay vacant till an equal number of allegedly ‘corrupt officials’ get vigilance clearance.

According to sources, the state government is all set to induct officials into the KAS cadre on 174 vacant posts.

“However, 44 posts of KAS officers will not be filled till an equal number of officials facing charges of corruption get clearance from various agencies including the state Vigilance organisation”, the sources said.

The most important eligibility criterion to get inducted to KAS cadre for a deserving official is to get vigilance clearance. But most of these officials have not been able to get got clean chit from the department, the sources said.

“44 officials are either facing prosecution in the court of law or the criminal cases stand registered against them. 44 posts will be left vacant for those officials who are failing to get clearance from the vigilance”, officials sources told KNS
Such a move will encourage the corrupt and keeping the posts vacant will make general public suffer, they added.

When contacted senior Cabinet Minister Ali Mohammad Sagar said due procedure will be followed in filling up any posts.

“Government is concerned about the welfare of people and all the posts will be utilized as per law. Providing better services to people is our basic aim”, Sagar told KNS. He said the concerned authorities would be directed to look into the matter and report to the government” adding “But you also talk to the Chief Secretary”.

When contacted Chief Secretary Mohammad Iqbal Khanday said, “I don’t have any knowledge about it. So I cannot comment on the issue at the moment”.

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