CVC seeks report from MCD on 30 graft complaints

New Delhi: The Central Vigilance Commission has directed the Municipal Corporation of Delhi to investigate and report its findings on a total of 30 complaints of alleged corruption.

Besides, it has imposed major penalty against 138 officials of several Central government departments and public sector banks for their alleged involvement in corrupt practises.

According to its performance report for November, the anti-corruption watchdog said that out of the 226 signed complaints it received, a highest of 30 were against MCD officials, followed by 22 against Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, 15 each against Delhi Police and Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi and 13 against Delhi Development Authority officials among others.

In addition, the Commission has received 34 anonymous complaints against five officials of MCD, three of DDA and two each officials of Department of Financial Services, Government of NCT of Delhi, Ministry of Urban Development, National Insurance Company Limited and Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited among others.

The probity watchdog has directed its Chief Vigilance Officers (CVOs) of all concerned departments to investigate and report their findings on these complaints related to corruption.

The CVC also imposed major penalty on 138 officers, including a highest of 39 from Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), 15 from Ministry of Railways, 12 each from Ministry of Urban Development and MCD, 11 from Department of Telecommunications and seven from State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, the report said.

The Chief Technical Examination Wing of the Commission has also made recoveries of over Rs 1.31 crore after inspecting procurements process and works being carried out by as many as four organisations during the month, it said.

The Commission has received 1,836 corruption-related complaints including 48 from whistleblowers. The complaints were forwarded for necessary action to concerned vigilance officers of the government departments.

"The Commission is deeply concerned over continuing delays in filling the post of CVOs in several key organisations like Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL), Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and National Aluminium Corporation (NALCO). The government is being regularly reminded," it said.