Context: Fresh rules to employ the retirees require vigilance clearance.
More in the news:
- The Central Vigilance Commission (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.
Fresh procedures to employ retirees:
- Vigilance clearance from the employer organisation, from which the officer has retired, should be obtained for offering employment to a retiree of the following:
- All India Services.
- Group A officers of the Central government or their equivalent in other organisations owned or controlled by the Centre
- 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.
- In the case of retired officials taking up full-time or contractual assignments in the private sector, the “cooling off” period was not often observed and the act constituted serious misconduct.
- CVC directed all government organisations to formulate rules to ensure the cooling-off period was observed.
About Central Vigilance Commission:
- It is an apex Indian governmental body set up in 1964 on the recommendations of the K. Santhanam committee, to advise and guide Central Government agencies in the field of vigilance.
- It became a Statutory Body with the enactment of the CVC Act, 2003.
- A Central Vigilance Commissioner (Chairperson)
- Up to Two Vigilance Commissioners (Members)
- The Vigilance Commissioners are appointed for a term of Four years OR until they attain 65 years of age (whichever is earlier).
- It monitors all vigilance activity under the Central Government.
- It advises various authorities in Central Government organizations in planning, executing, reviewing and reforming their vigilance work.
- It recommends appropriate action on complaints of corruption or misuse of power.
- The CVC – Under Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 – can inquire into offences reported against certain categories of Public Servants. (However, remember, CVC is NOT an Investigating agency).
Source The Hindu