Many complaints are also referred to the Departmental Vigilance Officers for conducting verification. The report of Departmental Vigilance Officer is analyzed in the ACB to initiate appropriate action.
The institution of Departmental Vigilance Officers (DVO’s) was formally established in the state of J&K vide Circular No. 14 of 2002 dated 19.06.2002 issued by GAD which delineated the duties and responsibilities of DVO’s. It was vide GAD Circular Order No.12 of 2003 dated 26.05.2003 where under need for internal vigilance in various departments was emphasized. Accordingly following three tier system of DVO’s was established:
The institution of department vigilance officers is a step forward towards utilizing officers in the field within the concerned department to provide a helping hand to curb corrupt practices. Anti-graft system is to be recognized as a management function in every sector of governance. We have to build structure, process and systems in such a manner so as to prevent leakage which adversely effect productivity and profitability. Unless internal Anti-graft system in government departments improves, it will be difficult to achieve objective of corruption free administration. With regard to internal Anti-graft system the institution of departmental Vigilance Officers has attained great relevance in recent times.
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