Govt departments sit over graft complaints: CVC
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Last Updated: Monday, December 20, 2010, 18:29
  
New Delhi: The CVC has voiced concern over central government departments delaying investigations in over 1,500 graft complaints sent to them by anti-corruption watchdog, with some of them pending for over three years.

The highest of 117 complaints were related to Ministry of Railways, followed by 97 of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), 86 of Government of National Capital territory of Delhi, 68 in Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and 58 of Delhi Development Authority.

Besides, 52 complaints of alleged corruption received by Department of Secondary and Higher Education, 40 by Ministry of Defence, 39 in Department of Health and 28 in Life Insurance Corporation of India have not been investigated, the CVC said in its annual report.

"Delays have been noticed not only at various levels of processing the complaints or cases but also at the level at which decisions are to be taken by the competent authorities who are senior level functionaries in the organisations...," the Central Vigilance Commission said.

"It has been observed that many a time the authorities in the organizations show complete apathy to these factors," it said.

The highest of 877 complaints were pending for investigation and report for upto an year, 598 between 1-3 years and 39 were pending for more than three years, it said.

The Central Vigilance Commission received 5,783 cases related to graft last year as against 4,721 in 2008 and 4,941 in 2007.

Based on Commission's advice, prosecution was sanctioned against 225 corrupt officers, major and minor penalty were imposed in 876 and 947 cases respectively.

Different departments have also taken administrative action against 381 employees during the year, the report said.

"The Commission notes with concern that at the end of the year 2009, as many as 1,589 cases were pending for over six months for the implementation of the Commission's first stage advice.

"During the same period, 653 cases were pending for the implementation of the second stage advice of the Commission beyond six months," it said.

A total of 331 cases were of Ministry of Railways, 282 in Central Board of Excise and Customs, 144 in Department of Telecommunications and 140 in CBDT among others, the report said. The probity watchdog said there was non-compliance of its advise to impose penalty and other administrative action against 29 officers of Central Public Works Department, Delhi Development Authority, IRCON International, Ministry of Defence, External Affairs Ministry, Railways Ministry, New Delhi Municipal Council, Oil India Limited, Rail Vikas Nigam Limited and Government of NCT of Delhi.

The Commission noticed that there was considerable delay in issuing the appointment orders of IOs, by the Disciplinary Authorities concerned.

"The delay in taking timely action often works to the advantage of the suspected public servant and undermines the effectiveness of vigilance administration," it said.

The Chief Technical Examination wing of the Commission inspected works of 68 organisations and submitted 129 reports and made recovery of Rs 68.61 crore during the year, as against Rs 47.44 in 2008 and Rs 28.90 in 2007.

The Commission in its report also found alleged financial and administrative irregularities in various projects related executed by different civic and construction agencies for Commonwealth Games.

According to the report, 50 cases were pending prosecution, out of which, a highest of 14 were against Department of Personnel and Training officials, followed by seven of Railways Ministry and six of Ministry of Finance among others.

The Commission advised implementation of e-tendering solution, leveraging of technology and introduction of technical vigilance audit in government departments to check corruption, the report added.

PTI


First Published: Monday, December 20, 2010, 18:29


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