SRINAGAR: Vigilance clearance will be mandatory for government employees to obtain a passport, the J&K government said in an order issued on Thursday.
A circular issued by the general administration department stated that passport to citizens, including government employees, is issued on the basis of verification carried out by the CID. “The current system does not contain any mechanism as would help denying the passport to such employees who are either under suspension or facing departmental inquiry or prosecution on account of serious charges,” it read.
A government employee will have to inform his employer to apply for a passport.
The circular said the guidelines for obtaining passport have been reviewed by the ministry of personnel, public grievances and pensions, department of personnel & training, in consultation with the central vigilance commission and ministry of external affairs earlier this year. Elaborate instructions have been issued for obtaining fresh vigilance clearance to government employees.Internet Explorer Channel Network