New Delhi: An unprecedented over 64,000 corruption complaints were received by the Central Vigilance Commission last year, a rise of 82 per cent than the preceding year.
The Commission received 64,410 complaints, including 2,048 brought forward, during 2014. Despite the manifold increase in the volume of work being handled by the Commission, there has been no increase in the staff strength, the CVC said in its annual report 2014, which was tabled in Parliament recently.
The anti-corruption watchdog had received 35,332 complaints in 2013. There has been a rise of 82.29 per cent in the corruption complaints in last year.
"It is for the first time that the Commission had received such a high number of corruption complaints," a senior CVC official said.
Of the total of 64,410 complaints received by the CVC, 36,115 were vague or unverifiable, 758 were anonymous or pseudonymous and 24,012 were for officials not under CVC.
There were 1,214 verifiable complaints which were sent for inquiry or investigation to Chief Vigilance Officers (CVOs) who act as distant arm of the CVC, and CBI.
Railways has topped the list of government organisations against whom maximum number of complaints of alleged corruption--over 12,000--were received by the CVOs in last year.
As many as 12,776 complaints of alleged corruption against Railways employees followed by 6,836 against bank officials, 3,572 against Delhi government employees and 3,468 against Income Tax officials were received in 2014, as per the annual report.