Under pressure from various forces, the Central Government has taken a host of changes in vigilance operations within ministries. It has ordered each ministry to define and set up new mechanisms to curb corruption in its respective department.
Along with it, the department of personnel and training (DoPT) has ordered that decisions on prosecuting officials for graft be fast tracked. The department further asked all ministries to take tentative view on the issue of starting prosecution against its officers and conclude a final decision within 3 months once advice is being received from CVC.
Further, in order to make the decision making quick, the DoPT has asked the authorities to avoid endless representations from the officers under suspicion. Besides this, there was recommendation for a monitoring cell to be set up in each ministry and department to keep a tab on the pending graft cases on a daily basis.
Last year, it also decided that during prosecution, some measures would be proposed which are as follows:
- Retirement won’t be a ground to drop proceedings. After retirement, 10 % cut in pension would be imposed in case of minor penalty.
- For a major penalty, instead of compulsory retirement, there would be 20% cut in pension.
Hope these measures would be implemented in an effective manner to have some impact.