FINDING PERMANENT SOLUTION

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It is intriguing that despite J&K Administration’s strictures against corruption there are a number of officials who are not mending their ways and are consistently indulging in corrupt practices. The situation is alarming and calls for special provisions to tame the delinquent officials as the scenario with regard to misuse of official position is quite the same as it was few years back when the J&K was used to top the lists of states and UTs having corruption as main characteristics. Despite the dwindling situation one cannot say that Government in J&K is doing nothing in containing the rampant corruption because very often the corrupt and delinquent officials are being caught taking bribes and in this context Anti Corruption Bureau has acted against another corrupt official in the UT of J&K telling the country that the days of corrupt have gone and sooner than later things will become transparent and officials accountable for the deeds and misdeeds which they will accomplish while remaining on duty. In this context, Anti Corruption Bureau received a complaint alleging therein that a Clerk in Tehsil Social Welfare Office, Sopore is demanding bribe from complainant for release of financial assistance in favour of a physically challenged person. The complainant alleged that he is a resident of Adipora, Sopore and his wife is a specially-abled person. As the complainant has submitted the fresh medical certificate the financial assistance was not restored by the concerned officials and finally the officials demanded a bribe for carrying out the work in favour of the specially-abled woman. As the complainant approached ACB and requested for action against this corrupt and merciless government official, a trap was laid which finally lead to the arrest of the corrupt official. It is however imperative to monitor the working of government offices as people are not bold enough to file a complaint before anti-corruption bodies. The step taken by ACB is praiseworthy but the number of corrupts in the UT of J&K is very high therefore under the present pace of work it is very difficult to curb corruption therefore the government should take some extraordinary steps to root out corruption once and for all from the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.