Over 110 officials penalised by CVC for alleged graft

More than 110 officials, including a highest of 26 from Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), were penalised by CVC this year for their alleged involvement in corruption.

New Delhi: More than 110 officials, including
a highest of 26 from Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), were penalised by CVC this year for their alleged involvement in corruption.

Besides, the Commission has advised sanction of
prosecution against two Indian Forest Service (IFS) officers
-- Harishankar Upadhata and K R Singh, presently working under
the Ministry of Environment and Forests, for alleged graft.

According to CVC`s performance report for January, the
Commission said it has imposed major penalty against a total
of 116 officials, including 20 from Central Bank of India, 18
from Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and nine from Oriental
Insurance Company Ltd among others.

The Commission has recovered Rs 14.88 crore after
conducting technical examination of three departments under
the central government.

The probity watchdog received a total of 791 complaints,
including 50 from whistleblowers, during the month informing
it of corrupt practises by government officials.

The CVC, other than keeping a check on corruption, issues
advisories to alert the organisations about different
vulnerabilities, policies, systems and procedures which pose a
risk of corruption.

It has advised Airport Authority of India to vet
construction designs from Indian Institutes of Technology or
government engineering college to keep possible anomalies and
delays at bay.

"In a contract relating to award/execution of civil works
of Airport Authority of India, as per consultancy agreement,
adequacy of structural design rested with the consultant who
were fully responsible and further, the design was also
required to be vetted in writing from IITs/Govt Engineering
College.
"However, due to infirmity in the structural design
submitted by the consultant, the project got delayed. Airport
Authority of India was advised to design a system for
vetting/proof checking of designs/drawings submitted by the
consultants," the report said.

It has expressed concern over vacancies of Chief
Vigilance Officers (CVOs) in key government departments to
check graft.

"The Commission is deeply concerned over continuing
delays in filling the post of CVOs in several key
organisations like Hindustan Shipyard Ltd, Bharat Heavy
Electricals Ltd (BHEL), Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC),
BEML (Bharat Earth Movers Limited) and NALCO (National
Aluminium Company Ltd," the report said adding that "the
government is being regularly reminded".

PTI