Context: Fresh rules to employ the retirees require vigilance clearance.

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  • 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.

Rationale Behind:

  • 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.

Cooling-off period:

  • 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.

Related Facts:

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.
  • Composition:
    • 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).
  • Function:
    • 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