CENTRAL VIGILANCE COMMISSION

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CVC: BS Laspal prematurely repatriates to the cadre

The NaMo administration on, 26 October 2020 prematurely repatriated Bharat Singh Laspal (IDSE:1994) to his parent cadre on personal grounds with the provision of "extended cooling off'. Presently, he is working as Director, Central Vigilance Commission (CVC).

26 Oct 2020
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CVO: Anup Das and Prabhakar get additional charge

The NaMo administration on Thursday assigned the additional charge of the post of CVO, Bridge & Roof Company (India) Limited, Kolkata to Anup Das (ITS:1997), CVO, Andrew Yule & Company Limited, Kolkata, for a period of one year w.e.f. 04.09.2020

Further, an additional charge of the post of CVO, NLC India (NLCIL), Neyveli to A L Prabhakar (IRSS:1990), CVO, Madras Fertilizers Limited (MFL), Chennai for a period of six months.

08 Oct 2020
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CVC: BS Laspal prematurely repatriates to the cadre

By IndianMandarins 26 Oct 2020

The NaMo administration on, 26 October 2020 prematurely repatriated Bharat Singh Laspal (IDSE:1994) to his parent cadre on personal grounds with the provision of "extended cooling off'. Presently, he is working as Director, Central Vigilance Commission (CVC).

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CVO: Anup Das and Prabhakar get additional charge

By IndianMandarins 08 Oct 2020

The NaMo administration on Thursday assigned the additional charge of the post of CVO, Bridge & Roof Company (India) Limited, Kolkata to Anup Das (ITS:1997), CVO, Andrew Yule & Company Limited, Kolkata, for a period of one year w.e.f. 04.09.2020

Further, an additional charge of the post of CVO, NLC India (NLCIL), Neyveli to A L Prabhakar (IRSS:1990), CVO, Madras Fertilizers Limited (MFL), Chennai for a period of six months.

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Coincidence or choice: Women officers, lateral shift & CVC

By IndianMandarins 06 Oct 2020

One may not like to call it a mere coincidence as the NaMo administration on 6 October announced the appointment of three women officers from three different services as Director in the Central Vigilance Commission on a lateral shift basis. 

  • Ms Sindhu Pillai (IPS:2001:AGMUT), presently Director in the Department of Financial Services (CSS post), was also appointed as Director, CVC on a lateral shift basis for a period up to 29.12.2022 (i.e. combined tenure of 7 years).
  • Ms Shipra Sharma (lPoS:2002) as Director in the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) on a lateral shift basis for a period up to 01.03.2023 (i.e. combined tenure of 7 years). Presently, she is working in the Ministry of Shipping as Director.
  • Ms M Janaki (IAS:2005:AP), presently, Director in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (CSS post), appointed as Director in the Central Vigilance Commission (Non-CSS post) on a lateral shift basis for a period up to 11.09.2021, extendable up to 11.09.2023 (7 years) on availability of cadre clearance.

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CVC halves time for reconsideration of its advice against officials accused of corruption

By IndianMandarins 08 Aug 2020

The CVC has halved to one month the time for reconsideration of its advice against government officials accused of corruption in cases where the department concerned wants to have a lenient or stricter view on the quantum of punishment recommended by it.

The move came after it was noticed that such proposals were not received in the stipulated time period of two months, thus causing a delay in the processing of vigilance cases.

The CVC is consulted by the government departments at two stages in vigilance cases — advice is first obtained on investigation reports and second before a final decision is taken at the conclusion of proceedings against corrupt employees.

Citing its earlier guidelines, the commission said that the government departments are required to approach the CVC for advice wherein a lenient or stricter view than that advised by it is proposed to be taken in the vigilance cases. Further, it was also prescribed that such reconsideration proposals should be sent within two months from the date of receipt of the commission’s advice, says the order.

Considering the need for expeditious finalization of vigilance cases and to adhere to the timelines for its finalizations, the commission on review of the existing timelines has decided that any proposal for a reconsideration of its first stage advice should be made to it within one month of receipt of the first stage advice, it said.

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CVC: Chaya Sharma and Priyanka Singh appointed as Director

By IndianMandarins 27 Jul 2020

Chaya Sharma (IPS:1999:UT) was on Monday appointed as Director, Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) for a period up to 26.07.2022. Further, Priyanka Singh (IRS IT:2006) was appointed as Director for a period of five years.

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Major JS level reshuffle effected: P Amudha is Joint Secretary PMO

By IndianMandarins 20 Jul 2020

The NaMO administration on Monday effected a major bureaucratic reshuffle at Joint Secretary (JS) and JS equivalent level at Centre. Accordingly;

  1. Ms P Amudha (lAS:1994:TN) appointed as Joint Secretary in Prime Minister's Office, on a lateral shift basis, for the balance period of her five-year central deputation period. Currently, she is serving as Professor, LBSNAA, Mussoorie.
  2. Keshav Chandra (lAS:1995:AGMUT)) appointed as Director, Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs for an overall tenure of five years up to 17.12.2022. Chandra replaces Amardeep Singh Bhatia (IAS:1993:NL).
  3. Nitishwar Kumar (lAS:1996:UP) appointed as Member Secretary, National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) under the Department of School Education & Literacy, on a lateral shift basis for a combined tenure of seven years up to 10.07.2021. He replaces Sanjay Awasthi (IRS IT:1989). Presently, Nitishwar Kumar is working as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation.
  4. Sudhir Kumar (lAS:1999:AGMUT) appointed as Additional Secretary (JS level), Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) for a combined tenure of seven years up to l6.03.2022. He replaces Ms Archana Varma (IAS:1995:AM) by treating the post akin to Non-CSS.
  5. Sajjan S Yadav (lAS:1995:AGMUT) appointed as Joint Secretary, Department of Expenditure, on a lateral shift basis for an overall tenure of five years up to 19.08.2022. Presently he is working as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Women & Child Development.
  6. Ms Varsha Joshi (lAS:1995:UT) appointed as Joint Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying for a tenure of five years vice Mihir Kumar Singh (IAS:1993:BH).
  7. Anupam Mishra (IES:1995) appointed as Joint Secretary, Department of Consumer Affairs for a tenure of five years vice Amit Mehta (IOFS:1987). Mishra’s appointment as Joint Secretary, DMEO, NITI Aayog (order dated 29.05.2020) is cancelled.
  8. Rakesh Mittal (IDES:1995) appointed as Joint Secretary, Department of Defence for a tenure of five years vice M Subbarayan (CSS) consequent on his voluntary retirement from service.
  9. Ms Pallavi Agarwal (IRS lT:1991) appointed as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Women & Child Development for a tenure of five years vice Sajjan S Yadav (IAS:1995:AGMUT). Her previous appointment as Member Secretary, National Monuments Authority, Ministry of Culture (dated 29.05.2020) was cancelled.
  10. Ms Aparna S. Sharma (CSS) appointed as Joint Secretary, Department of Fertilizers for a tenure of five years vice Ms Gurveen Sidhu (IA&AS:1995).
  11. Amit Mehta (IOFS:1987) appointed as Joint Secretary, Department of Heavy Industry on a lateral shift basis for an overall tenure of five years up to 07.01.2023 vice Purushottam Tiwary (IA&AS:1996).  Presently, he is working as Joint Secretary, Department of Consumer Affairs.
  12. Saurav Ray (IDES:1994) appointed as Custodian of Enemy Property for India (CEPI) (JS level) O/O CEPI under the Ministry of Home Affairs for a tenure of five years by upgrading the post from DS/Director level to JS level,.
  13. Ms Parama Sen (IA&AS:1994) appointed as Joint Secretary, Department of Investment & Public Asset Management (DIPAM) for a tenure of five years vice Ms. Anuradha Thakur (lAS:1994:HP)
  14. Ms Nidhi Pandey (IIS:1991) appointed as Commissioner, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) under the Department of School Education & Literacy for a tenure of five years vice Santosh Kumar Mall (lAS:1997:BH)
  15. Vinayak Garg (IRSEE:1995) appointed as Commissioner, Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti under the Department of School Education & Literacy for a combined tenure of seven years upto 11.09.2023. He replaces Biswajit Kumar Singh (IFS:1989:JK.
  16. Sanjay Awasthi (lRS lT:1989) appointed as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation for an overall tenure of five years upto 22.05.2021. He replaces Nitishwar Kumar (lAS:1996:UP).

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Brazen discrimination in Railway Board: Is PMO watching?

By IndianMandarins 23 May 2020

During the COVID crisis, when officers are not able to travel and present their cases to higher authorities, the Chairman Railway Board is being blamed by several officers for discrimination and departmentalism; though Railway itself is a department comprising various cadres and services. While blaming the CRB they talk facts and examples as well.

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister, approved the promotion of four Mechanical officers to the grade of Additional Member, which is a post equivalent to General Managers. Yet, one officer, A K Kathpal, the Principal Chief Mechanical Engineer of ICF, has been denied the elevation on the ground that there is a Vigilance case against him.

Even as the spate of vigilance cases against ICF officers involved in making the Train 18 have reached nowhere near conclusion, just a case in the initial stage is being used as a ploy to deny promotion to a senior officer.

The rules in this matter are very clear. Unless the vigilance case has reached finality and unless the Central Vigilance Commission has recommenced departmental proceedings against an officer, he cannot be denied promotion. Further, aas per CVC guidelines any complaint within 6 months of vacancy is not to be taken cognizance of.

In  Kathpal’s case the DPC was sent to ACC in April 2020 whereas the vigilance case now cited is much earlier. His case has not even been sent to the CVC. Yet, his promotion has been withheld and the Railway Ministry is planning to send a report to the ACC that Kathpal cannot be promoted. It is a complete mockery of ACC though it is unlikely that the ACC will agree to this nefarious design since the vigilance case existed against Kathpal even when his name was sent for empanelment as an Additional Member to the ACC.

The so-called ‘ism’, if any, is clear from the fact that the same yardstick has not been applied in the case of Electrical Officers. N K Gupta, the Principal Chief Electrical Engineer of ICF was promoted to Additional Member grade even when there were two vigilance cases pending against him. D P Dash, another Electrical officer, who was the Chief Electrical Design Engineer of ICF also had two vigilance cases against him, yet he was granted the Higher Administrative Grade. Two more Electrical Officers of ICF, Amitabh Singhal and Praveen Chauhan were promoted to Senior Administrative Grade in spite of vigilance cases against them.

O P Khare, a Stores Officer, who was the Principal Chief Materials Manager of ICF was allowed to retire with full benefits even as he had a vigilance case against him. 

The ‘ism’ is also evident from his propensity to post Electrical Officers on key posts not identified for the Electrical department. Sudhir Kumar an Additional Member in Railway Board is holding three posts of Additional Members, Planning, Electrification and Transformation. Navin Kumar, another Electrical Officer is holding two posts of Establishment Branch, Executive Director Gazetted Cadre and Joint Secretary Confidential, posts which were traditionally held by Personnel department officers. Yet another Electrical Officer, P C Lochab, is occupying the Establishment post of Railway Sports Control Board.

It is being said that Kathpal’s promotion is being denied to build a precedent to deny promotion to another Mechanical officer to the post to Additional Member or Secretary Railway Board. If the ACC agrees to these manipulations of the Ministry of Railways, it will not only be demoralizing for the officers in general,  it will also violate existing rules on vigilance cases.

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CVC asks to complete prob against govt officials before retirement

By IndianMandarins 20 May 2020

The CVC has asked banks and central government departments to expedite disciplinary proceedings against officials involved in alleged corruption cases especially those who are about to retire shortly. It was noticed that some cases of alleged corruption do not get disposed of even until the retirement of an accused public servant.

 

The CVC has been writing to the government departments since 2007 on the issue to ensure that the accused officers are brought to justice in time. The most recent letter in this regard was written in July 2019. It had specifically impressed upon the vigilance functionaries as well as administrative authorities concerned the need to prioritize their activities of conducting investigations and completion of disciplinary action well in advance so as to avoid late reference to the Commission.

 

It was also conveyed that all such retirement cases should be received by the first week of the month of superannuation of the officer(s) concerned. A directive in this regard was issued to secretaries of central government departments and the chairman and managing directors of public sector banks, undertakings and autonomous organizations.

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