Himachal has 63 officials with doubtful integrity, says CM

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Shimla, March 14 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh has 63 officials with doubtful integrity and 27 of them are posted in sensitive posts, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said on Tuesday.

Criminal or departmental proceedings are pending in courts or at departmental level against these officials, who include Director General (Prisons) Somesh Goyal, the Chief Minister told the state assembly in a written reply.

Some of these officials have been acquitted by the courts on technical grounds, he said.

Replying to a question by Bharatiya Janata Party member Narinder Thakur, the Chief Minister said the government has not made any survey to identify officials having doubtful integrity.

He 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.

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The post of Director General (Prisons) is non-sensitive, the Chief Minister said.

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.



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