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3 tainted J&K Prison Department officials made to retire prematurely

The employees were given marching orders for their alleged involvement in smuggling of narcotics, criminal activities and corruption.

Statesman News Service | Jammu |

The Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday ordered premature retirement of three officials of the Prison Department for their alleged involvement in smuggling of narcotics, criminal activities and corruption.

An official spokesman said in its endeavour to make the administration more efficient and transparent, the government prematurely retired the three personnel of the Prison Department on charges of involvement in corrupt and criminal activities.

These personnel conducted their duties in ways which were unbecoming of public servants and in violation of the established code of conduct.

The exercise was conducted as part of regular process of scrutiny of records of officials, who cross benchmarks of age and service period in terms of Article 226(2) of J&K CSRs.

Of these retirees, one was found involved in a serious criminal case and remained under custody for three years. Besides, the official had gained a bad public reputation.

Another official was found habitually violating official channels of communication and guilty of sending fake and frivolous complaints, misusing the RTI Act and wasting time of the high court for which he was also fined with Rs 10,000 by the court. Three annual increments of the official were withheld as a form of punishment.

The third official was found involved in smuggling of contraband substances inside the sub-jail Reasi.

According to the recommendations of the Review Committee, the performance of these three employees was found unsatisfactory and their continuation in the government service was found against the public interest.

In the recent past, as part of the government’s zero tolerance policy towards corruption, many employees have been dismissed from service on account of official misconduct after rigorous departmental proceedings. Many cases are under scrutiny with the Empowered Committees constituted for consideration of cases under Article 226(2) of J&K CSRs. Further, many employees have also been terminated from service for anti-national activities.

Meanwhile, the government has also initiated several measures for human resource development of its employees in Jammu and Kashmir which includes online Human Resource Management System (eHRMS), induction of officers into the prestigious Indian Administrative/ Police Service, timely DPCs for smooth career progression, updating recruitment rules, fast tracking the recruitment process through recruiting agencies and abolishing of interviews for most of the non-gazetted vacancies referred to the Services Selection Board, the spokesman added.