The Centre on Friday asked the secretary-level officers in the ministries to review on monthly basis the disciplinary proceeding cases and to expedite granting of prosecution sanction against babus.
In its effort to strengthen the vigilance set up in the ministries, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) on Friday issued guidelines to deal with corruption cases. In order to ensure fair play, the DoPT had also asked the ministries and government departments to keep administration and vigilance wing separate from each other.
The fresh guidelines to strengthen the Vigilance Department in the ministries were formulated after the government constituted Group of Ministers to tackle corruption advised to review and monitor pending cases on a day-to-day basis. The DoPT had also received inputs from various ministries on staff strengthening in the Vigilance Department. “Each ministry should conduct a SIU study of its vigilance division so that officers may be posted as per requirement,” it said. According to the latest report of the Central Vigilance Commission, 19 cases, including 38 officials of various ministries and government departments, are pending for prosecution sanction for the past four months. The DoPT in September had asked the ministries to set up a monitoring cell to review and monitor the progress of all pending disciplinary inquiries, with a view to ensure timely action.
“However, barring a few ministries, such monitoring cell is yet to be set up by the ministries,” it stated.