The decision has been taken to speed up the investigation in such cases, most of them pending for quite a long time. The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has amended Central Civil Services (Classification, Control, and Appeal) Rules, 1965, and decided timeline for critical stages of investigation and inquiry proceedings.
Corruption free governance has been one of the flagship projects of Prime Minister Narendra Modi ever since he has assumed the position. In order to further that ideal, the government has decided to launch a crackdown on corrupt government officials from 15 August this year.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi government has instructed each ministry to prepare a file for corrupt officials of their respective departments to initiate action against corrupt officials.
According to a government notification, the vigilance department of each ministry has been directed to prepare a dossier of tainted and corrupt officials. The dossier will be based on the service records of the officials.
A dossier of corrupt officials and employees will be created by looking into the history of complaint, inquiry report and conduct of the officials, moral attitude and failure to protect the interest of the government while carrying out duty. It will also inquire into whether there is any major or minor penalty imposed on the concerned official or not. The dossier of corrupt officials will be approved by the competent authority.
The list would include names of those officers who, after inquiry or during the course of inquiry have been found to be lacking in integrity. Their actions and decisions will be examined to see if they are causing loss to the government for personal benefits.
The dossier will be forwarded to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Central Vigilance Commission (CVC). The agencies will keep a tab on such officials and take necessary action against them.
Once the dossier of corrupt officials of their respective departments is ready, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will send the list of corrupt officials to the CBI and the CVC who will monitor the conduct of the officials involved in the list? These people will keep a close eye on such officers and at the same time, necessary action will be taken to prosecute or recommend departmental action including the major penalty, demotion or even dismissal from service.
The government will begin taking action against corrupt bureaucrats those whose names will be on the list after August 15.
However, the government in June set a deadline of six months to complete probe in corruption cases involving its employees. Earlier, there was no time frame to complete an inquiry.
Authority should conclude the inquiry and submit its report within a period of six months says the amended rules.
Meanwhile, an extension for a period not exceeding six months at a time may be allowed for any good and sufficient reasons to be recorded in writing by the disciplinary authority.
According to Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), 3,500 government officers working in various departments are being probed for their alleged involvement in corruption.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi government introduces software to catch corrupt officers, that will record all processes online and use cloud based technology to provide an interface to all stakeholders, in the month of June 2017. Seeking to cut delays and introduce transparency in departmental proceedings against bureaucrats for alleged corruption.
Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said the new system will expedite the departmental proceedings, thus ensuring that corrupt officers are brought to justice without delay.
The portal will initially be adopted in respect of IAS officers posted at the Centre but subsequently, be extended to all All India Services officers as well as Group A employees serving in the Central government.
A good government must make systemic changes to stop corruption. Those changes should ensure that even if they are not elected in next election, it should be impossible for the new government to indulge in corruption.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken multiple actions after becoming Prime Minister of India to seriously fight the menace of corruption and black money:-
The First cabinet decision was formation of Special Investigation Team (SIT) to fight black money and corruption which had been delayed by Congress since 4 years despite Supreme Courts orders.
No interview for grade-3 and grade-4 central government jobs, the interview in these jobs had become a major source of corruption where only those who could bribe the senior officials on interview panels could be selected.
Mauritius route of black money laundering put to an end, the Mauritius route accounted for 35% of overall black money investment in India. The bilateral treaty signed between India and Mauritius ended this evil practice of bringing huge sums of black money and converting it into white.
In the year 2016 Prime Minister Narendra Modi personally raised the issue of ending safe tax havens in Europe and other countries in the most important G20 meeting. All the major countries of G20 agreed to wage a war on money laundering, black money and terror funding on the call of Narendra Modi.
The BENAAMI Act amended and notified after 18 years, The previous governments had not notified the Benami act, and hence was not under effect.
The currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 banned, a historic move which broke the backbone of counterfeit currency, terror funding, Naxalism, human trafficking and black money used to fund these.
Switzerland signs the treaty to share all real time financial transaction details with India, This means from September 2019, no one can store any illegal money in Swiss banks, as Switzerland, will provide real time information of everyone depositing any amount.
It was Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s persistent diplomacy, and his a personal meeting with Swiss head which finally resulted in Switzerland India signing this much important treaty.
Singapore route of black money routing blocked, as India and Singapore sign the double taxation treaty.
Under the Voluntary Income Disclosure, Rs 65,000 crore of unaccounted money by 64,200 people declared, from which government of India earned Rs 29,000 crore in form of taxes.
Post demonetization 18 Lakh people who had made deposits of the unaccounted sum was identified, Income Tax department send notice to them, asked them to explain the unaccounted deposits, failing which action has been taken and Political funding to the parties by cash decreased from Rs 20,000 to Rs 2,000.
E-Governance is truly one step which can put some check on corruption. As the processes go online, there is greater transparency in decisions, easier access to information and better implementation of controls.