November 3, 2015 4:18:19 am
The Delhi cabinet has decided to restructure the vigilance department by appointing one officer of the rank of additional secretary or special secretary in several departments.
Unlike earlier, heads of department (HOD) will have no say in the vigilance inquiry.
“Vigilance officers of the rank of special secretaries or additional secretaries may be appointed by clubbing four to five departments. These officers will report to secretary of vigilance instead of concerned head of departments,” reads the order. The duties allocated to these officers will include surveillance of activities in the departments looking after complaints of corruption/vigilance, pursue pending vigilance matters related to gazetted officers, advise HODs for strengthening their internal vigilance set-up and also suggest remedial measures.
To strengthen vigilance department, cabinet has decided to improve the monitoring mechanism of activities of various departments in vigilance related matters, said a senior official.
“In vigilance departments, the work is looked after by officers who have other responsibilities also. For effective functioning of the vigilance wing in a department, the officer heading the vigilance wing should be able to function
independently and should not be given additional work,” stated the order.
For independent functioning of the vigilance officers, surplus posts about 40 of the ad-hoc Delhi Andaman and Nicobar Civil Service (DANICS) officers may be transferred to Directorate of Vigilance and in autonomous bodies of Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (NCTD). The Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) will not get any other assigned work, informed the source. There are eight groups in which departments are combined and each group will get one assigned vigilance officer.
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