Asking the general public to send their complaints against corrupt central government employees, the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) on Friday said all central government departments have been asked to do away with “outdated” processes and to have Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to check corruption.
“We have requested the Chief Vigilance Officers (CVOs) of all organisations to identify areas where there is a scope for corruption and delay. In fact, delays are occurring where the procedures and processes have become outdated in the current scenario, giving rise to some attitude of bribe seeking,” Central Vigilance Commissioner K V Chowdary said on Friday.
Chowdary said the CVOs, who act as the distant arm of the commission, have been asked to take appropriate steps to streamline the procedures, may be avoid or delete provisions relating to the discretionary powers available with the officers. “More importantly, to bring what we called SOPs on how to deal with applications in what sequence and on what criteria. We have got a very good feedback from our CVOs and they are in the process of reviving them,” he said.
Chowdary also stressed that people need to be aware of the ill effects of corruption to check paying bribe. “Corruption is not taking money or giving money but has a much larger significance. We must spread awareness among the public,” he said.
“Systems and processes should be set in place so as to generate alarm in case of anything happening beyond the prescribed processes. It is important to bring changes in the system so that we can prevent such misconducts,” Chowdary said.
“We get complaints related to power and water supply, which is not our jurisdiction, which we forward to the departments concerned. So there is a lack of awareness (as to where to send what complaint). We want people to be aware about it. We will request people to send complaint, but to the concerned authority. I will also ask the public to please come forward with specific and proper allegations so that action is faster,” he added.
He said the prime focus of the commission is to curb pendency of cases. The number of cases pending the sanction for prosecution (for more than four months) were 28 as on June 20, 2015, which were reduced to 15 as on August 31, Chowdary said. He was speaking at a press conference called on the occasion of Vigilance Awareness Week beginning Monday.