Govt to review anti-graft measures in ministries

Taking a step forward in its fight against corruption, the Centre decided to review anti-graft measures being taken by central ministries and DoPT.

Last Updated: Jul 17, 2012, 17:12 PM IST

New Delhi: Taking a step forward in its fight against corruption, the Centre has decided to review anti-graft measures being taken by central ministries, departments and public sector undertakings.

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has sought details from all government departments on the progress of all pending disciplinary inquiries, work load and manpower deployment for vigilance work.

The action came following a recommendation by the Group of Ministers(GoM) to check corruption, which were accepted by the Government.

The Centre in September last year advised departments under it to strengthen vigilance set-up and consider, where appropriate, setting up of a monitoring cell to review and monitor the progress of all pending disciplinary inquiries on a day-to-day basis, with a view to ensuring their timely conclusion.

"In order to assess the work load relating to vigilance administration... It has been decided to collect information relating to the strength of the present vigilance setup and volume of vigilance related work in various Ministries or Departments along with details of recent increase in staff strength for handling vigilance work from each Ministry or Department," said Dr S K Sarkar, Additional Secretary, DoPT.
The departments have been asked to give details by month-end including details of vigilance mechanism, disciplinary proceedings and prosecution sanction carried out by them in the past one-and-a-half years (between 2011 and June 2012), volume of vigilance work and their needs.

The Ministries have been separately asked to furnish details of vigilance mechanism in public sector undertakings under their administrative control.
PTI