Chief Minsiter Omar Abdullah said the recruitment agencies have been directed to fast track the process of employment and hopefully by the end of this year one lakh appointments will be made. He was concluding the debate on the grants for his ministry in the state assembly.
On employees’ demands, the Chief Minister said that employees are the arms of the government and his government has done so much for employees which no government has done so far. “We do not want any confrontation with employees but like to resolve their all genuine demands by engaging them”, he said adding that there are some vested interests in their ranks which do not want to get demands realized in a congenial atmosphere but instigate employees to come on roads.
Omar Abdullah said that his government has sanctioned Hardship Allowance to the police personnel at the rate of 10 percent of the Basic Pay and an amount of Rs. 121.36 crores were incurred on this during the last year while Rs. 132.740-crore expenditure is being made to provide this Allowance this year. He said he will ask the Home and Finance Departments to examine the demand of increase in the ration money of police. He said the honorarium of Home Guards has been increased and the increase in the salaries of SPOs has been taken up with the Centre.
On curbing corruption, the Chief Minister said that he has strengthened institutions and brought laws to restrict corruption and book culprits for punishment. He referred to the constitution of Vigilance Commission, Re-constitution of
Accountability Commission, implementation of Right to Information Act and enactment and implementation of Public Services Guarantee Act besides putting in place the system of e-tendering and e-procurement in various government departments to bring in transparency.
Omar said he is very strict against corruption cases and has not withheld for delayed any prosecution in this regard. “So much so, the complaints against my colleagues in the Council of Ministries have been referred to the investigating institutions”, he said and maintained that a complaint against Finance Minister, Abdul Rahim Rather of having a flat in Dubai was sent to Vigilance Organization for verification and the Vigilance Organization found the complaint baseless after verification and investigation.