'CVC monitoring system of tainted govt employees inadequate'
New Delhi: The Central Vigilance Commission lacks an efficient system to monitor action taken by government departments on its recommendations against employees allegedly involved in graft, Chief Information Commissioner Satyananda Mishra has held.
Expressing displeasure, Mishra, in his order, recommended the CVC to review its current monitoring system and upgrade it to make it more "meaningful and technology based".
The case relates to RTI applicant Ajay Choudhury who sought to know first and second stage advice given by the CVC against civilian employees of the Defence Ministry.
Detailed information on the status of cases could not be furnished to applicant as the CVC claimed that it does not maintain record on the progress made on its recommendations against government employees who are suspected to have been involved in corruption.
During the hearing at the Central Information Commission, Choudhury alleged that Defence Ministry was adopting an arbitrary process in agreeing and disagreeing with the advices tendered by the CVC and the watchdog should "scrupulously" monitor progress made on its recommendations.
Mishra noted in his order that the CVC maintains a "simple statement" containing the case number, the name of the officer concerned and the date of the advice.
"It is obvious that the information being maintained by the CVC is too inadequate for any meaningful monitoring of the cases. It should be possible these days to develop an appropriate management information system by which all such cases can be monitored closely and capture more data about pending cases," he said.
He said, "We hope CVC would review its current arrangements and bring about necessary modifications to make the monitoring more meaningful and technology based."