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Coalgate, CWG cases force CVC to take tough measures

The central ombudsman proposes to end the second stage consultation, a process of taking advice before imposing punishment on a corrupt official

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) that has a bulk of corruption related cases to inuire into, is forced to take several tough anti-graft steps.

The commission has instructed rotation of officers in sensitive posts, expediting corruption cases of senior officials, besides regulations in public procurements—a practice that can easily fall prey to corruption.

It also suggested the government to introduce and implement a US-type False Claims Act to recover losses from a corrupt government contractor.

This year the directed a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe in coal blocks allocation scam and recovery of about Rs 1,000 crore tax evasion in Commonwealth Games-related works.

The coal blocks were allocated to private companies between 2006 and 2009.

The central ombudsman received over 25,000 complaints of financial irregularities and made recoveries of at least Rs 142 crore after inspecting works, including public procurements.

The unearthed tax evasion of Rs 1,014.60 crore in CWG- related civic and construction projects taken by government departments and private companies. It slapped notices for recovery of over Rs 500 crore tax allegedly evaded by government departments and private firms.

Vigilance Commissioner said a multi- jurisdictional inquiry found evasions of Income Tax, Service Tax and Value Added Tax among others.

At least 9,000 publicly-funded projects were executed by 37 government departments and private companies for the mega sporting event held in New Delhi through October 3-14, 2010. The is looking into 28 cases of alleged irregularities in works.

The CVC also heads a 10-member International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities—a task force that is to prepare a knowledge management system for promoting international cooperation in checking graft and black money. It has more than 300 members including India.

The project involves development of a centralised user friendly information handling system to gather data about anti-corruption activities around the world and process them into information useful to all stakeholders.

The VigEye

CVC's Vigilance Eye or VigEye, enables a person to file a corruption related complaint online or through mobile phone. It has received applauds at national and international foras at the anti-corruption conference.

The CVC has also decided to do away with the second stage consultation—a process of taking advice before imposing punishment on a corrupt official, and directed all inquiries should be done at one go.

The CVC is also emphasising on needs to check corruption in private sector and supported necessary regulations to check it.

The watchdog also put details of corrupt officials along with their designations on its websites. In 2012, the CVC recommended punishment for over 1,000 officials, including some senior level functionaries.

First Published: Sat, December 29 2012. 13:31 IST