Chandigarh, 15 November
Investigation into corruption cases will now accelerate. The government has deployed Chief Vigilance Officer to investigate the ongoing corruption cases against officers and employees in various departments and boards and corporations. In the first phase, 15 Chief Vigilance Officers were to be appointed, but at present the government has approved 11. Of these Chief Vigilance Officers, three are serving and 8 are retired.
All types of facilities and staff will be provided to Chief Vigilance Officers. Not only this, their jurisdiction will also be wide. During the investigation, every kind of cooperation will be provided to the Chief Vigilance Officer from the concerned department and board-corporation. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar is very serious on the issue of corruption. It was on his instructions that the decision to appoint Chief Vigilance Officer was taken. All these CVOs, being the Chief of the Vigilance Department, will report to Chief Secretary Sanjeev Kaushal. DA (District Attorney) Deepak Bura has been appointed in the Chief Secretary’s office, SE (Superintendent Engineer) Dinesh Rathi in the Irrigation Department and Krishna Kumar have been appointed as Chief Vigilance Officers. All three of them are serving officers. Similarly, among the retired officers, Mahavir Singh, Rajendra Kumar Malik, Shashikant Sharma, Ashok Kumar Sharma, Rameshwar Mehra, Sanjeev Kumar Jain, Satish Kumar Jain and Jarnail Singh Bhoparia have also been appointed as Chief Vigilance Officers by the government.
The Chief Vigilance Officer will have to submit his detailed report to the Chief Secretary every three months. Similarly, the Chief Vigilance Officer will also work in quickly getting approval for the investigation and legal action sought by the Anti Corruption Bureau against various officials. Corruption related complaints coming to the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) will be sent to the Chief Vigilance Officers for investigation by the Bureau.
After investigating the cases of corruption in the departments and boards-corporations under his control, the CVO will report to the Chief Secretary. After this, the Chief Secretary will give instructions to the Anti Corruption Bureau to take action based on the report of the CVO. That means in a way the work of the bureau will become easier. After investigating the allegation, the Chief Vigilance Officer will also tell whether the concerned case has merit or not. Besides, these officers will also recommend registering a case.
List of corrupt officials will be made
Now the problems of those officers and employees of various departments and boards and corporations, who do not work without money, will increase. The Chief Vigilance Officer will prepare the list of such suspicious officers in advance. This list will also be with the government and related agencies. Similarly, those points will be identified in the departments and boards and corporations where there is the highest possibility of corruption. Similarly, the Chief Vigilance Officer will also be able to do special checking in departments and boards and corporations.
Focus on creamy positions
The Chief Vigilance Officer will also mark those posts which are considered creamy in common parlance. That is, the deployment of officers and employees on sensitive posts will be monitored. Arrangements will also be made to appoint such posts on rotation basis. It will also be ensured that the annual property returns of the officers and employees of the department and board-corporation where the CVO is on duty will be submitted. Not only this, it will be mandatory to check the assets of at least five percent of the officers and employees of these departments every year.
Action will be taken on CAG report
The Chief Vigilance Officer will also study the annual report given by CAG. Financial irregularities of various departments and boards-corporations are exposed by CAG. Similarly, the Chief Vigilance Officer will be able to investigate the reports of the committees of the Assembly and make recommendations to the government. The responsibility of investigating the reports of CAG and Assembly committees has been entrusted because governments are often accused of not taking action on these reports.