The Modi government has repeatedly asserted that corruption has gone down since the present government has taken over. In an attempt to further improve its corruption-free image, the BJP government has planned a crackdown on corrupt officials of the country.
The Ministry of Home Affairs is preparing a dossier of corrupt and tainted officials based on their service records. The ministry has written to various departments of the government and paramilitary forces to submit the list latest by August 5 so that further action can be taken. The government plans to take action against all the officers whose names show on the list after Independence Day.
The government has demanded a “list of officers of doubtful integrity” from the vigilance department of each ministry. The list should include names of all such officers who are convicted in the Court of Law on charge(s) of lack of integrity or moral turpitude, have been awarded a major penalty by their department on charges of lack of integrity or gross dereliction of duty in protecting the interest of the government.
The list so prepared will be approved by the chief vigilance officer (CVO) of the department and sent to Central Bureau of Investigation.
India Today reports that the CBI and Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) will then monitor the conduct of all such officials and take necessary action against them after August 15.
In June, the government had changed the 50-year old rule of inquiry in corruption cases of its officials. Earlier there was no time limit for completing the inquiry of corruption cases of government officers whereas it has now been fixed at 6 months. Therefore, it is now mandatory for the inquiring authority to conclude its probe and submit the relevant report within a period of six months. However, in case there is good and sufficient reason for not completing the process within the said time, an extension of not more than 6 months may be granted to the authority. By implementing such a rule, the government aims to complete the inquiry of corruption cases, most of which remain pending for a long time.