In a major relief to the employees on the verge of retirement or those who are seeking promotions,the Punjab government on Thursday said that they need not secure clearance from the state vigilance bureau.
In a significant decision,the state government has authorised the administrative departments to issue pension/vigilance clearance certificates to their group A and B employees drawing and disbursing powers. A decision to this effect has been taken by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal,who cleared a proposal mooted by the vigilance bureau based on the recommendations of a three-member committee,a spokesman said.
He added that the employees would not need to secure the clearance from the Punjab Vigilance Bureau (PVB) now.
The vigilance bureau would supply department wise negative list of government employees against whom any vigilance inquiry or FIR was registered to the concerned administrative departments and further update the negative list after every 15 days. Besides this,the information would also be uploaded on vigilance bureau website.
Every government employee requiring pension/vigilance clearance certificates will have to submit a self-declaration about his involvement/non-involvement in any vigilance inquiry or FIR. After receiving the declaration the concerned head of the department will check the negative list provided by the vigilance and decide the case.
The new policy stipulates a response time of 10 days – four days for vigilance department and six for the vigilance bureau – for processing and sending reply to the administrative department. However if no reply is sent to the administrative department then it would be presumed that no case was pending against the concerned employee.
It may be recalled that earlier it was mandatory for the concerned departments to send the cases for getting pension clearance certificate to the vigilance department one year prior to the date of an employees retirement. It was a long drawn process and consumed a lot of time and energy.