The Central Vigilance Commission has advised initiation of major penalty proceedings against 111 officers from the government's various departments and State-run or public sector units (PSUs). The Ministry of Railways tops the list with 24 officers, followed by Govt of National Capital Region of Delhi, Municipal Corp of Delhi (MCD) and State-run banks with 19, 15 and 14 officers, respectively.
The commission also advised imposition of major penalty against 70 officers. This list is dominated by state-run or public sector banks (PSBs) with 11 officers, Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) with eight officers and MCD with seven officers. The list includes six from Department of Telecommunications, five each from United India Insurance Co Ltd and Ministry of Defence, four each from Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan and Ministry of Railways, three from Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), two each from National Insurance Co Ltd, Central Coalfields Ltd, Central Public Works Department (CPWD) and Delhi Development Authority (DDA), while one officer each from Chandigarh Administration, CRPF, BSF, DTL/IPGCL, Department of Health, Gas Authority of India Ltd, LIC, Ministry of Information Technology and Ministry of Urban Development are also named.
During September, the Commission disposed 1,101 cases referred to it for advice. It sent 144 cases for investigation and report and the rest 987 cases for necessary action. The Chief Technical Examiner's (CTE) Organisation submitted intensive examination reports in six cases during September of which two were in civil works, three in electrical and one in stores or purchase. The intensive examination of the CTE Organisation resulted in recoveries of Rs32.10 crore during the month, the commission said in its report.
On the commission’s recommendations, the competent authorities issued sanctions for prosecution against 26 officers including 18 from CBEC. Major penalty was imposed on 77 officers. These included 16 from PSBs, 14 from Railways, 7 from MCD, 3 from DDA and one each from CPWD, Dept of Telecommunications, Calcutta Port Trust, Central Coalfields Ltd, Northern Coalfields Ltd, Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and CBDT.
On the basis of advice tendered by the commission, stiff major penalty has been imposed on two officers from Andhra Bank while four senior officers, of the rank of joint secretary, equivalent and above were punished during the month. The punished officers included three from Department of Personnel and Training and one each from Ministry of Home Affairs and BIS.
The commission said it is deeply concerned over continuing delays in filling the post of chief vigilance officer (CVO) in several key organisations like Delhi Transport Corp, Kochi Shipyard Ltd, Bharat Coking Coal Ltd (BCCL), Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA), Food Corp of India (FCI), Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO), Kudremukh Iron Ore Company Ltd (KIOCL) and Ircon International Ltd (IRCON).