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Govt to review anti-graft measures in ministries

Jul 17, 2012 17:58 IST

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New Delhi: Taking a step forward in its fight against corruption, the Centre has decided to review anti-graft measures being taken by central ministries,
departments and public sector undertakings.

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has sought details from all government departments on the progress of all pending disciplinary inquiries, work load and manpower deployment for vigilance work.

The government is taking measures to prevent corruption.

The action came following a recommendation by the Group of Ministers(GoM) to check corruption, which were accepted by the Government. The Centre in September last year advised departments under it to strengthen vigilance set-up and consider, where appropriate, setting up of a monitoring cell to review and monitor the progress of all pending disciplinary inquiries on a day-to-day basis, with a view to ensuring their timely conclusion.

"In order to assess the work load relating to vigilance administration... it has been decided to collect information relating to the strength of the present vigilance setup and volume of vigilance related work in various Ministries or
Departments along with details of recent increase in staff strength for handling vigilance work from each Ministry or Department," said Dr S K Sarkar, Additional Secretary, DoPT.

The departments have been asked to give details by month-end including details of vigilance mechanism, disciplinary proceedings and prosecution sanction carried out by them in the past one-and-a-half years (between 2011 and June 2012), volume of vigilance work and their needs.

The Ministries have been separately asked to furnish details of vigilance mechanism in public sector undertakings under their administrative control.

In a September 2011 testimony before the Committee on Armed Services of the Senate, the then Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen had stated that "the Haqqani network, for one, acts as a veritable arm of
Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency.

"With ISI support, Haqqani operatives plan and conducted that (September 13) truck bomb attack, as well as the assault on our embassy. We also have credible evidence they were behind the June 28th attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul and a host of other smaller but effective operations."

In an October 2011 testimony before the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives, Clinton had stated that "we are taking action to target the Haqqani leadership on both sides of the border. We're increasing
international efforts to squeeze them operationally and financially.

"We are already working with the Pakistanis to target those who are behind a lot of the attacks against Afghans and Americans. And I made it very clear to the Pakistanis that the attack on our embassy was an outrage and the attack on our
forward operating base that injured 77 of our soldiers was a similar outrage.

PTI