The Jammu and Kashmir government employees would have to get a clearance from the vigilance department to acquire a passport from now on.
The General Administration Department has impressed upon all the heads of the administrative departments to “mandatorily obtain the latest vigilance clearance” in respect of an employee applying for a passport.
Passports to the citizens, including government employees, are issued on the basis of verification carried out by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), said a circular issued by J&K Government’s General Administration Department on Thursday.
However, “The current system does not contain any mechanism as would help to deny the passport to such employees who are either under suspension or facing departmental inquiry or prosecution on account of serious charges,” the circular pointed out, adding, currently, a government employee is only required to inform his employer for applying for a passport.
The guidelines for obtaining passports have been reviewed by the Government of India’s Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Department of Personnel & Training, in consultation with the Central Vigilance Commission and Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and elaborate instructions have been issued for obtaining fresh vigilance clearance while considering grant of passport to government employees.
It further pointed out that the Anti-Corruption Bureau has also brought to the notice of the government that the present mechanism for issuance of passports to government employees without obtaining requisite vigilance clearance results in the issuance of passports to those employees against whom vigilance cases are pending. “Thus, there is an urgent necessity to instruct all the departments to issue the NOC for issuance of passport on the basis of vigilance clearance only,” it said.