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Apolitical bureaucracy must for weeding out corruption: Azad

Written by: Staff
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Jammu, Mar 21 (UNI) Laying emphasis to keep administration free of politics at all levels, the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said the politicization of bureaucracy was the root cause of corruption and other evils in society.

In a discussion on the grants in the Assembly last night, Mr Azad exhorted the Government functionaries to be away from all sorts of political interference and said that the representatives should avoid depending upon them.

Reiterating his determination to weed out corruption from the administration, Mr Azad said honest, dedicated and efficient officers right from block level to the top bureaucracy would be rewarded by giving key positions.

Five honest, outstanding and performing officers would be awarded Chief Minister's gold medal on Independence day, he said. Tainted officers are on the watch list and their dossier are being compiled, he added. ''I receive about 20 letters on an average daily where misdeeds of the functionaries alongwith proofs are communicated to me. I myself take cognizance of the facts and read the contents thoroughly,'' he informed.

Mr Azad asserted that honesty should percolate from top and they should be role models of honesty for the entire society. He said awareness about the Right To Information Act would give considerable boost in creating a healthy and conducive atmosphere to curb the menace of corruption.

In this connection, seminars at tehsil and district headquarters would be organised in which legislators and ministers would also participate to disseminate the message that people have the right to get any information about any development activities or working of the Government.

Referring to the human rights situation in the state, he said his directions to security agencies to hold interrogation jointly by involving local police have started giving encouraging results.

Chief Minister said the high level officers' committee of state and Union home departments would meet tomorrow to finalise the list of detainees who are not involved in heinous crimes and serious charges so that their release, on the instructions of the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, is decided by March 31.

UNI RKS PV DB/RK1255

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