Norms for employing retired officials defined
- CVC has laid down a defined procedure to be followed by government organisations for getting vigilance clearance before employing a retired official on a contractual or consultancy basis.
- The absence of a uniform procedure sometimes led to a situation where officials with tainted past or cases pending against them were engaged.
As per the procedure:
- Before offering employment to retired All India Services and Group A officers or their equivalent in other organisations owned or controlled by the Centre, vigilance clearance from the employer organisation, from which the officer has retired, should be obtained.
- In case a retired officer served in more than one organisation, clearance has to be obtained from all of them where the person was posted in the 10 years prior to retirement.
- A communication seeking clearance should also be sent to the CVC.
- If no reply is received from the erstwhile employer (s) within 15 days of sending the communication by speed post, a reminder can be sent.
- If there is no response within 21 days, vigilance clearance should be deemed to have been given.
- If the employee is found involved in any vigilance-related matter or not cleared from the vigilance point of view, the erstwhile employer organisation would be responsible for all consequential actions.
Central Vigilance Commission (CVC)
- It was set up by the recommendations of the Committee on Prevention of Corruption, headed by Shri K. Santhanam.
- In 2003, the Parliament enacted CVC Act conferring statutory status on the CVC.
- It is an independent body which is only responsible to the Parliament.
- It submits its report to the President of India.
- It exercises superintendence over the functioning of the Delhi Special Police Establishment (CBI) insofar as it relates to the investigation of offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.