Jammu & Kashmir

I urge people to use ACB’s helpline number to inform about any official demanding bribe: Manoj Sinha

Civil secretariat in Srinagar, Kashmir.

Jammu: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Monday virtually attended the UT-level inaugural function of vigilance awareness week.

The Lt Governor administered the integrity pledge to administrative secretaries, divisional commissioners, deputy commissioners, heads of departments, senior officers, and officials to mark the beginning of the vigilance awareness week across JK.

“It’s our resolve to build corruption-free JK and no one indulging in corrupt practices will be spared”, said the Lt Governor.

Observing that the most powerful weapon against corruption is active citizenry, the Lt Governor urged all to join hands and pledge to root this menace out of the system.

Before 2019, corruption had become an accepted social norm in JK. In the last three years, a new transparent corruption-free system has been established in Jammu and Kashmir, said the Lt Governor.

The Lt Governor commended Anti Corruption Bureau for working tirelessly to prevent and investigate corruption-related matters and bringing culprits to Justice. He asked the Anti-Corruption Bureau to work with redoubled determination to further strengthen the people’s trust.

Offenders in the system are being identified and this year, action has been taken against 445 accused, he added.

The vigilance department in JK administration is the need of the hour. We have to set big goals and make collective efforts to speed up our socio-economic development and achieve the targets within the timeline. The policies and decision-making must reflect the people’s participation, needs and aspirations, said the Lt Governor.

No one should be declared black sheep on the basis of prejudice and no one should protect or defend those indulging in corrupt practices, howsoever highly placed the offender may be. The whole administrative setup should adopt a common approach to make the working of administration more effective, the Lt Governor told officers.

I urge the people to use ACB’s helpline number to inform the Bureau about any official asking for a bribe. I have the same expectation from all the officials that they will work with absolute honesty and not allow corruption to flourish in any manner, the Lt Governor said.


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