Shimla, March 15: The Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Tuesday said that the state has 63 officials with doubtful integrity and 27 of them are posted in sensitive posts. CM Virbhadra Singh cited the reason for posting of 27 officials with doubtful integrity in sensitive posts owing to non-availability of non-sensitive posts in that particular cadre.
Notably, CM Virbhadra Singh told the state assembly in a written reply that the state has 63 officials with doubtful integrity and 27 of them are posted in sensitive posts. He further added that the criminal or departmental proceedings are pending in courts or at a departmental level against these officials. Some of these officials have been acquitted by the courts on technical grounds, he added.
While replying to a question by BJP member Narinder Thakur, CM said the government has not yet made any survey to identify officials having doubtful integrity. Further giving the details he said that two Food Safety Officers, including a woman, in Health Safety and Regulation department, 14 officers having doubtful integrity (some Senior Engineers, Executive Engineers and Assistant Engineers) in the Himachal Pradesh States Electricity Board Limited (HPSEBL) have been given sensitive postings. Similarly, out of 12, four such officers in the Public Works Department are serving in sensitive posts.
Five Block Development Officers having doubtful integrity in Rural Development department and a Tehsildar in Revenue department are serving in sensitive posts. In reply to supplementary that why some officers are working sensitive posts when non-sensitive posts are available at the headquarters of HPSEB and pointed out that it was defiance of high court orders wherein it has been mentioned that officers of doubtful integrity cannot be posted on sensitive jobs, the chief minister said that the government would look into the matter.
Notably, the maximum number of officials with doubtful integrity is in the Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board, followed by the Public Works Department, the Irrigation and Public Health departments and the police. Importantly, one of the important officer having doubtful integrity is Director General (Prisons), Somesh Goyal.