The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has requested all central authorities organisations, public sector banks and insurance coverage corporations amongst others to finalise inside six months disciplinary proceedings towards alleged corrupt workers.
The transfer comes after it was seen that authorities and officers involved should not adhering to the prescribed time-limit and disciplinary proceedings in some circumstances take for much longer time, which result in unwarranted delay in finalisation of disciplinary case.
“Any unexplained, undue delay may also be a cause of unnecessary litigation and provide undue advantage/harassment to the charged officer,” the CVC mentioned in an order issued on Monday.
Such delays on the one hand assist in evading penalty on responsible officers, whereas prolonging the agony of the officers who might have been wrongly listed in cost sheets in few circumstances and are lastly exonerated, the anti-corruption watchdog mentioned.
“The inquiry report should be submitted within six months from the date of appointment of Inquiry Officer (IO),” it mentioned.
In addition, a interval of yet one more month could also be taken, if required, because of some unavoidable or unexpected circumstances, the order mentioned.
“The Commission desires that the above time limit should be adhered to strictly by the authorities in the organisations concerned,” it mentioned.
The CVC as a part of its capabilities of exercising superintendence over the vigilance administration of the organisations coated below its jurisdiction has been emphasising on well timed initiation and completion of the disciplinary proceedings, the order mentioned.
“The Commission is of the view that any delay in initiation or finalisation of the disciplinary action is neither in the interest of the organisation, nor that of the official concerned,” it mentioned within the directive issued to secretaries of central authorities departments, chief executives of public sector banks and insurance coverage corporations amongst others.
Guidelines have been issued by the Commission on this regard, defining the cut-off dates for numerous levels of disciplinary proceedings, so as to make sure that there isn’t a undue delay on the a part of the authorities and officers involved, the order mentioned.
“However, it is observed that despite clear guidelines issued by the Commission and Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT), the authorities/officials concerned are not adhering to the prescribed time-limit and the disciplinary proceedings in some cases take much longer time, which leads to unwarranted delay in finalisation of disciplinary case,” it mentioned.