New Delhi [India], August 11 (ANI): Pendency of as many as 2,099 disciplinary matters for the period prior to December 2018 had been reduced to 227 by June 30, 2022, newly appointed Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) Suresh N Patel informed Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Thursday.
Patel shared the information with Singh while briefing him about the constantly declining case pendency in recent years.
Patel said the changes were due to a special campaign initiated by the Commission in 2020.
Similarly, Patel said, overall outstanding disciplinary matters which "on an average as on December 2019 used to be around 5,000 at a given point of time has come down drastically in the range of 1,700 now due to cooperation of the authorities at different levels".
Patel pointed out that this has happened in spite of the prevalence of the pandemic during the time period of the campaign. Even for the remaining cases, timelines have been set for each and every individual case through continuous monitoring with Chief Vigilance Officers (CVOs).
The CVC was later also joined by the two Vigilance Commissioners, Arvind Kumar and Praveen Kumar Srivastava who submitted detailed data substantiating the timely disposal of disciplinary actions against employees of the Central government.
During the meeting, the Minister said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sent out a message of the policy of zero tolerance for corruption by appointing CVC and two Vigilance Commissioners as mandated under the law in the first week of this month itself.
Singh also quoted Modi's address at the CVC conference at Kevadia in Gujarat in October 2021, wherein he said, "In the last 6-7 years, the government has succeeded in instilling the confidence that it is possible to contain corruption. Today, there is the political will to attack corruption and continuous improvement is also being carried out at the administrative level."
The Commission said it started the exercise in 2020 to review pending cases of disciplinary matters so as to ensure that all cases reach a logical end within a reasonable period of time.
"The exercise was taken up in a campaign mode so that those found guilty are punished without delay so as to prevent them from further wrongdoing and those found innocent are exonerated to avoid unnecessary stress to them," said the Minister.
"With the support of all disciplinary authorities, inquiring, presenting authorities, chief vigilance officers and staff of the commission, the old cases were taken up for disposal," said the Minister.
Singh lauded the special efforts of the commission and said that this has brought positivity amongst the government employees which shall encourage them to take decisions in the interest of the organisation while following procedures without any fear of unwarranted disciplinary action.
Also, the timely disciplinary action would work as a deterrent for those whose intentions and actions may not be in the interest of the Organisation and deserve to be punished, the Minister pointed out.
The Central Vigilance Commission deals with the complaints against employees of the Central Government and Central government-controlled organisations including PSBs, PSUs and UTs.
Arising out of investigations carried out through CVOs in various organisations, wherever lapses of vigilance nature are noticed, the commission advises initiation of disciplinary action. (ANI)