STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Hailing decision of Governor Satya Pal Malik to probe irregularities and scams in the Government organisations and departments, including Sports Council, BJP leader Raman Suri on Wednesday said that by bringing an order into the system, the State will progress by leaps and bounds and funds meant for development schemes will be best utilised besides recruitments will be done through proper-channel like SSRB or PSC. In a statement issued here, Suri added that the best part of the probe is that, it is time-bound and confined to a chosen few Departments to make a good beginning. The Departments like J&K Sports Council, Skill Development Department and those into implementation of State Wide Area Networking (SWAN) projects were definitely in a real mess and need complete scanning, he said, adding that once these Departments are scanned, the Governor must take up other Departments and bring an order into their functioning as well. “Several other Departments like Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA), Flood and Irrigation, Housing and Urban Development Department and Health Department also need similar kinds of scanning to identify deadwood, misuse of funds, frequent transfers besides irregular and improper use of funds meant for public welfare. One-month time is left to complete probe before June 14 and it is going to be first of its kind in Jammu and Kashmir, when accountability will be fixed,” he said. Suri added that panel constituted to probe irregularities in appointments and awarding of contracts must submit their report without any prejudice as its own credibility is at stake. He said that had the SWAN projects completed well in time, it would have made communication services over voice, data and video accessible to all Government Departments from their own locations. He further said that SWAN project will interconnect two J&K State Headquarters, 20 District Headquarters and 152 Block Headquarters with a minimum internet speed of 2 megabytes per second, thereby bringing promptness in functioning and bringing in complete transparency in the system. He hoped that the probe will fix responsibility on officials and bring in a more efficient, transparent and accountable system of governance.
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