Ensuring transparency and accountability

With a view to address issues pertaining to lack of transparency and accountability rampant in the functioning of most of the Public Sector Undertakings, Autonomous Bodies and Societies besides others, Governor’s administration has issued guidelines, detailed and fresh, to arrest the areas of ‘weaknesses’ and shortcomings. The institutions comprise all the Government aided PSUs, Autonomous Bodies, Universities, Hill Councils, The Jammu and Kashmir Bank Ltd and other Banks, Municipal Corporations and Development Authorities.
Recruitments, tendering process, procurement and allotment of contracts, for development works, financial indiscipline and compromising with the procedural norms have been the common ways of hazing the transparency and trivialising accountability. The noteworthy feature is that the institutions have been identified and named to be brought under the ambit of the revised guidelines. Regard for scarce resources has generally been found in deficit with these institutions and that is why the role and the importance of the Finance Department has been made known properly.
We welcome the initiative taken by the Governor’s administration to streamline the functioning of as many as 55 institutions in the state but merely by issuing guidelines, we feel, the objective was not going to be accomplished unless such guidelines were strictly enforced preceded by regular audits and inspections and to treat audit reports as critical documents which should be made mandatory to be attended to and action taken on flouting or violating of guidelines . Accountability and transparency must on its own, start showing gaining wide acceptability only when enforceability of guidelines was made doubly sure.