Govt departments sit over graft complaints: CVC

CVC has voiced concern over central govt departments delaying investigations in over 1,500 graft complaints.

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.