Srinagar: The administration of Jammu and Kashmir has made vigilance clearance mandatory for obtaining a passport by a government employee, stating that the current system does not contain any mechanism to deny passports to employees under suspension or facing departmental inquiry or prosecution on account of serious charges.
As per an order, the administration stated that there is an urgent necessity to instruct all the departments to issue the NOC for issuance of passports on the basis of vigilance clearance only.
“The passport to the citizens including Government employee is issued on the basis of verification carried out by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). The current system does not contain any mechanism as would help denying the passport to such employees who are either under suspension or facing departmental inquiry or prosecution on account of serious charges,” reads the order.
It reads that currently, a government employee is only required to inform his employer for applying for the passport on Annexure-H.
“The guidelines for obtaining passport have been reviewed by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Department of Personnel and Training, GoI in consultation with the Central Vigilance Commission and Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and vide Office Memorandum No F No 11012/7/2017-Estt.A-III dated 18th February 2020, elaborate instructions have been issued for obtaining fresh vigilance clearance while considering grant of passport to Government employees.”
It reads that the anti-Corruption Bureau, JK has also brought to the notice of the administration that the present mechanism for issuance of passports to Government employees without obtaining requisite vigilance clearance results in the issuance of passports to those employees against whom vigilance cases are pending.
“Accordingly, it is impressed upon all the Administrative Departments/Heads of Departments to mandatorily obtain the latest vigilance clearance in respect of an employee applying for obtaining a passport in terms of Office Memorandum dated 18th February 2020 issued by DOPT, GOI, strictly,” the order further reads.