Measures to check bureaucratic corruption unveiled

In a bid to tackle corruption in bureaucracy, govt has decided to impose a 10 per cent cut in pension in cases of minor penalty.

Last Updated: Sep 08, 2011, 18:16 PM IST

New Delhi: In a bid to tackle corruption
in bureaucracy, government has decided to impose a 10 per cent
cut in pension in cases of minor penalty and 20 per cent in
the case of those compulsorily retired as a major penalty.

It has also decided to fast track cases of public
servants accused of graft by eliminating certain tiers in
consultation process, sources said.

These steps are part of a series of measures accepted
by the government for immediate implementation following the
recommendations made in the first report of the Group of
Ministers headed by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee.

The government`s decisions comes in the midst of Anna
Hazare`s anti-corruption campaign for a Lokpal Bill that would
also cover bureaucratic graft.

Until now, a government servant on the verge of
retirement can escape proceedings for minor penalty. The GoM
has now decided mere superannuation should not be a ground
for dropping proceedings for minor penalty.

A cut in pension upto 10 per cent may be imposed in
case of minor penalty. This cut will have a ceiling of five
years as a life-long reduction in pension would come under the
category of major penalty.

The existing major penalty of compulsory retirement
with full benefits may be changed to compulsory retirement
along with a provision that the competent authority may impose
upto 20 per cent cut in pension.

However, there would be no cut in pension in those
cases of compulsory retirement of officers being weeded out
for non-performance.

One of the steps towards speeding up the inquiry
proceedings is to make the departments and ministries to
primarily use serving officers as Inquiry and Presenting
Officers.

In important cases, they may request the Central
Vigilance Commission to appoint their Commissioner of Direct
Inquiries as IO.

The CVC may also maintain a panel of IOs and POs from
among retired officers after screening and empanelment. They
could also be engaged on the advice of the CVC.

Taking into account that delays in sanction of
prosecution of public servants, the GoM felt that it was
imperative that sanction should be decided expeditiously and
within the prescribed time-frame of 3 months.

The GoM has recommended that in all cases where the
investigating agency has sought sanction for prosecution and
submitted a charge sheet along with it, the competent
authority will have to mandatorily take a decision within 3
months from the receipt of the request and pass a `speaking
order` with reasons.

If the permission is refused by the competent
authority, the request should go to the next higher authority
and if it is the minister and he too refuses he should submit
the order within 7 days to the prime minister.

The Secretary of each ministry and department will
monitor all cases where a request has been made for permission
to prosecute and submit a certificate every month to the
Cabinet Secretary to the effect that no case is pending for
more than 3 months. Reasons for pendency of a case for more
than 3 months should be explained.

PTI