NEW DELHI: The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has given 90 days to the chief vigilance officers to process files on corrupt babus. Concerned over the delay in clearing corruption cases, the commission has directed the officers to conduct intensive examination of public procurement contracts along with the vigilance team to ensure transparency.
The commission has suggested that surveillance and detective vigilance should be mounted to gather information on irregularities and malpractices in the procurement system so that people responsible can be suitably dealt with for misconduct.
“Intensive examinations by the chief vigilance officers will afford natural justice to the officials of the organisation, responsible for decision-making and execution of the contracts, as they will be given adequate opportunity to explain their conduct before fixing of the responsibility,” the CVC said.
In December last year alone, intensive examination of three works carried out by the chief technical examiner’s organization resulted in recoveries to the tune of `4.25 crore. During the same period, the Commission advised initiation of major penalty proceedings against 69 officials of various ministries.
“Where serious irregularities, grave misconduct, negligence are observed on the part of public servant, same shall be processed within 90 days from the date of preparation of the report,” the commission noted.
The vigilance watchdog observed that preventive vigilance should be the foremost objective and during the intensive examination for preliminary report, the vigilance officer must take over all original documents considered important.