Srinagar: The smart digital initiatives by the Union territory of J&K under the dynamic leadership of Shri Manoj Sinha, Honorable Lieutenant Governor of J&K, among which the e-governance initiative i.e. Vigilance Clearance System (VCS), taken by GAD, J&K Govt. has been awarded under FICCI Smart Policing Awards 2021- under other initiatives. Under able guidance of worthy Chief Secretary, Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, the IT landscape of Governance in Union Territory has witnessed transformational change and numerous government services have been made online.
The award is a great achievement for the JK Govt., as among the 2200 nominations received from across the country under different categories for Smart Policing Awards, the e-governed VCS has been selected for awards among the total 19 awards.
The GAD/ACB over these years has transformed and brought efficiency and transparency in the system. The VCS has transformed the process of issuance of No Objection Certificates/Vigilance Clearances to the Govt. Employees within a very span of time without requiring to submit application in person and without the need to follow it.
4. The digital intervention has eased the burden of backlogs and departments have been able to conduct their DPCs, issue NOCs for obtaining Passport, sanction study leaves, deputations & foreign visits. Around 7000 promotions and regularization of employees have been done by Departments based on timely availability of Vigilance clearance.
5.The VCS has been designed and developed by the team of GAD (Vigilance) and Directorate of IT&SS, University of Kashmir (under consultancy mode), in tandem with ACB as a team work and is first of its kind in the Country. Since, its inception in July 2021, the GAD(Vigilance) has been able to issue more than 45000 Vigilance Clearances.
6.The award was presented at FICCI Federation House, New Delhi on 2nd of September, 2022. The award was received on behalf of J&K Govt. by Sh Anand Jain, IPS, Director ACB, Dr. Maroof Naieem Qadri, Director IT&SS, University of Kashmir and Dr Mohammad Usman Khan,JKAS, Deputy Secretary (Vigilance), GAD, JK Govt.
7.Among the Distinguished Speakers, Sh Anand Jain,IPS, Director ACB was also one of the invited distinguished speaker and spoke on the use and deployment of technology in vigilance.
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