Goa govt to maintain database of tainted officials

Goa government will now maintain a list of tainted officials and keep them away from sensitive departments if they fail to improve their conduct.

Updated: Apr 09, 2012, 13:37 PM IST

Panaji: In a bid to weed out corruption,
Goa government will now maintain a list of tainted officials
and keep them away from sensitive departments if they fail to
improve their conduct over a period of time.

State Vigilance Department has issued a circular to
all the Heads of Departments (HoDs) to prepare a list of the
officers having "doubtful integrity" and the ones who might
have been involved in corrupt practices.

Similar lists naming points or places of corruption,
unscrupulous contractors, supplies or firms and that of
unscrupulous contact persons (who might facilitate
corruption), will also be maintained.
Superintendent of Police (Anti-Corruption) Bosco
George said that there was a lot of information available with
various departments of the government which can be used to
provide "clean and efficient" administration.

The vigilance department will conduct annual review
and name of the officer can be dropped from the list, if he is
found to have improved his conduct over a period of time.

"It`s an entire exercise to give corruption-free
governance," George said, adding that those officers whose
names figure in the list will be kept away from sensitive
departments.
Vigilance department has told all the HoDs that the
list will be confidential and they will be responsible for its
safe custody and it is their duty to ensure that the contents
of the list are not leaked.

A senior officer said that the circular in this regard
was earlier issued during 2005 when Manohar Parrikar was chief
minister before he was dislodged in a political coup.

The circular remained buried in the files during the
successive Congress-led governments.

After coming to power on March 9, Parrikar asked the
vigilance department to reissue the notification in order to
keep a tab on the "moles" in government departments and also
in the state-run corporations or public sector undertakings.

PTI