Jharkhand Lokayukta Office

Corruption Update For The Month Of February 2012: Bureaucrats

According to the Government’s rules, within 90 days, the concerned department has to take a decision and clear the files regarding the various cases lodged against the officials.

But does it really happen in Jharkhand, let us see, by taking an example.

Case Study: Barbindiya Bridge in Dhanbad District was washed away in 2009

The said bridge was to be constructed at the estimated cost of Rs. 37 crore, it was one of the major bridges of Jharkhand state and it used to connect Nirsa to Jamtara in Dhanbad District. In its first monsoon season in 2009, the bridge collapsed and even its pillars got washed away. The concerned Rural Development department suspended Ganesh Ram Dokania, Bhola Ram and half-a-dozen officials involved in the construction of bridge. At that time, department had made a payment of rupees 22 crore towards the construction of the bridge.

Since then two years have passed, but the department has not been able to complete its investigation into the matter and according to BIT’s report, no engineers could be blamed for the washing away of the bridge. As a result, the department has now recommended that suspended officials be allowed to work again for the department.  

How is fight against corruption going on in Jharkhand? A reality check:

In Jharkhand’s various government departments, about 600 cases are pending.

Departments

Road Construction

Water

Animal Husbandry

Forest

Cabinet

Health

Agriculture

Others

Pending

106

101

72

65

52

34

22

148

(Data Source: Dainik Bhaskar)

The following Government Officials are accused of corruption, but their department and concerned senior officials have not yet given their report on the findings.

 

Name of Accused Officials

Type of charges

1

J.N.Singh Land Scam

2

Naresh Kumar Land Scam

3

N.K.Toppo Illegal monetary recovery

4

P.P. Sinha Land fraud

5

Dharnidhar Jha Illegal appointment

6

B.S. Prasad Financial Irregularity

7

N.N.Minz Financial Fraud

8

N.K.Gupta Bribe

9

Chiranjan Prasad Indiscipline

10

Anwar Hussain Fraud in food-grain

11

A.B.A. Khalkho Financial Irregularity

12

Manmohan Prasad Illegal monetary recovery

13

Parwej Ibrahimi Fraud in food-grain

14

Gopi  Nand Prasad Fraud in food-grain

15

Uday Kant Pathak Financial Fraud

16

S. Kido Wrong land-allotment

17

Bhogendra Thakur Fraud in food-grain

18

Jawed Anwar Fraud in food-grain

19

Pramod Singh Fraud in food-grain

20

G.S. Singh Fraud in food-grain

21

P.K.Mandal Fraud in MGNREGA

22

Mona Kumari Fraud in MGNREGA

23

J.K.Singh Indiscipline

24

J.D. Tigga Financial Fraud

25

Xavier Herenz Financial Fraud

26

R.S.Mohanti Financial Fraud

27

Surya Mani Acharya Forgery in Certificate

28

Shivji Bhagat Bribe

29

H.K. Kesari Fraud in food-grain

30

R.N.Panda Wrong appointment

31

Awadhesh Upadhaya Fraud in food-grain

(Data Source: Dainik Bhaskar)

After the creation of Jharkhand, in various Police Stations, more than 1500 corruption cases against the government officials have been lodged.  Out of these 498 FIRs has been lodged and out of these 400 have been arrested and request for prosecution has been sent against 100 other officers.

Jharkhand Vigilance Bureau has more than 100 pending cases.

Well what about Lokayukta Office in Jharkhand? Reality Check:

In Jharkhand Lokayukta Office, more than 800 cases are pending (data is up to 31.12.2011).

Jharkhand Lokayukta Office
Jharkhand Lokayukta Office

 

How does the present Lokayukta work?

  • Step 1: Lokayukta Office receives the complaint (s) on government servants.
  • Step 2: Then Lokayukta office approaches the concerned department (s) against whose staff-member, the complaint (s) has been received, for carrying out investigation at their end.
  • Step3:  After the receipt of investigative report by the concerned department, based on the report, the Lokayukta Office recommends the appropriate action to be taken by the concerned department.

The biggest problem that Lokayukta Office faces is that they do not have their own investigative agency (or officials and staffs) and power to punish the culprits. So they have to rely on Government Departments to investigate and even to carry out the necessary actions, recommended by them. With a self-defeating systems and procedures or should we say, bureaucratic hurdles; no doubt even Lokayukta office would find it difficult to fight the battle against mighty corruption.

Tana Bhagat shows the right way to fight corruption, but is it really enough?

In the recent month, to show their dissent against the wide-spread Corruption in the Jharkhand State Government Departments, the Tana Bhagat Community members numbering nearly 50 people led by Sukhdeo Tana Bhagat and Pusa Tana Bhagat sat on indefinite peaceful “Satya (truth) and Ahinsa (non-violence) Dharna (protest sit-in)” at the Ghaghra Block Office in Gumla District.  The protest finally ended after 3 days, when government officials and local representatives, viz., BDO, SHO, BEO, Inspectors, Engineers, Panchayat Pramukhs, etc.; they publicly took pledge (oath) that they would not ask for bribe. Only then Tana Bhagats called off their protest.

We think, given the cancerous growth of corruption in Jharkhand, even good-intention protests are not really going to cure the ills of corruption, which continue to spread with every passing minute.

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