A latest drive to curb corruption and malpractices in government offices throughout Delhi is underway as per directives issued by the Chief Secretary of Delhi, IAS Vijay Kumar Dev. The Delhi CS has directed the anti-corruption branch to initiate the campaign by setting up a team of officers with impeccable service records.
“A drive should be launched in entire Delhi to make the city corruption-free and instil fear of law among all those elements who bring bad name to government“, the Delhi CS was quoted saying to major government officials in a latest meeting of the Delhi Secretariat.
The top Delhi official conducted a review meeting that was attended by the likes of the Principal Secretary (Vigilance), Secretary (Services), Divisional Commissioner and officers of Anti Corruption Bureau. The directives were issued following the conclusion of the meeting.
As per reports, all public departments will be brought under continuous surveillance and vigilance to identify such officers and individuals who are indulging in or promoting corruption. Those who are found to be indulging in corruption and malpractices like harassment of the general public, touts etc., will be identified and prosecuted.
Divisional Commissioner and Secretary (Services) was directed in the review meeting to follow strict protocol while posting officers in these sensitive departments responsible for running the anti-corruption campaign. The Divisional Commissioner, the appointing authority of sub-registrar, was reportedly directed by the Chief Secretary to appoint only those officers who have a perfect and stain-free service record of integrity.
The official has reportedly called for strict and immediate disciplinary action against those found guilty. As per reports, officials found to be taking bribes or indulging in other malpractices such as embezzlement, tempering of records will be immediately be placed under suspension and prosecuted as per CCS (Conduct) Rules and Prevention of Corruption Act under various Sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and transferred in case of doubtful integrity.
It can be expected that with the launch of the anti-corruption campaign, all public departments and offices will be under continuous monitoring. The Principal Secretary (Vigilance) has been directed to implement a proactive vigilance and undertake preventive drives. This will include checking visitor logbooks in a bid to identify touts coming into the premises of public departments and offices.
According to media reports, the Chief Secretary has proposed thatCCTV cameras should be installed in all the sensitive premises/offices. The top official has expressed that “A middlemen and tout free atmosphere in various public dealing offices needs to be created and maintained. Faceless transactions of services shall be ensured”.