Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal has directed the Chief Vigilance Officers (CVOs) to evolve an effective system to identify the areas of corruption in their respective departments and to take steps by improving systems with help of IT and simplification of processes.
Departmental enquiries should be expedited and strict timelines should be adhered to for meeting the ends of justice, he added while addressing the conference of Chief Vigilance Officers (CVOs) here.
Mr.Manohar Lal said that during the last three years, his regime had made efforts to restore the faith of the people towards the government which was missing during the earlier regimes. “From the very first day, we have been working on the policy of zero tolerance against corruption. Now, to further tighten noose against corruption and enhance people’s faith, the State Government has activated the system of CVOs in all the Departments, Boards and Corporations.”
While quoting that ‘justice delayed is justice denied’, he directed that the departmental enquiries should be expedited and strict timelines be adhered to. No wrongdoing should be pushed under the carpet and timely action should be initiated. To realise what Prime Minister Narendra Modi said: ‘Na Khaunga- Na Khanedunga’’, there was a need to develop a robust system of vigilance. In the just-concluded three-day Chintan Shivir of the State Government which was attended by all Ministers and senior officers, special emphasis was given on intensifying the drive against corruption.
The Chief Minister said that the State Government had streamlined the system of recruitment in government jobs. “Interview system for selection to posts of group C and D have been scrapped to negate the tendency of discretion. Apart from this, the state recruiting agencies – Haryana Staff Selection Commission (HSSC) and Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC) have been asked to expedite the recruitment process.”
He asked the departments to utilize the services of youth engaged under the Saksham Yuva Scheme. About 40,000 applications have so far been received from Post Graduate and Science Graduate youth under the scheme.
Chief Secretary D.S Dhesi said that zero tolerance for corruption has been the aim of the present State Government and various instructions have been issued in this regard. He said that the State Vigilance Bureau has started a Helpline so that the people could inform about any activity of corruption and irregularity so that appropriate action could be taken.
Additional Chief Secretary, Vigilance Department Navraj Sandhu said that it was for the first time under the leadership of Mr. Manohar Lal that a workshop had been organized. Emphasizing the importance of CVOs, she said that they have an important role to play in eradicating corruption at different levels. Apart from 362 trap cases, 445 FIRs have been registered and 289 assessment have been made by the Vigilance Department since 2015.
She stated that the objective of the workshop was to discuss the role and responsibility especially in implementing Preventive Vigilance, which involves system re-engineering and improving processes in a manner that discretion is reduced and corruption can be checked. All CVOs were asked to monitor various vigilance related matters and strengthen their internal mechanisms of checking and technical inspections.
Director General, State Vigilance Bureau (SVB) P.R. Deo, spoke on the concepts of preventive vigilance while SP CBI Ram Gopal talked about conducting enquiries. R.N.Nayak, OSD in Central Vigilance Commission spoke on roles of CVOs.