172 govt officials penalised for corruption
Probity watchdog received 2,617 complaints
As many as 172 officials from various central government departments have been handed penalties by the Central Vigilance Commission for their alleged involvement in corrupt practices.
Of these, the highest number of 14 officials work in the Department of Defense Production, 12 in State Bank of India, 11 in Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, 10 in the Ministry of Railways and eight in Central Board of Excise and Customs among others, the CVC said in its performance report for June.
Seven officials working in MMTC Ltd, six in Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board, five each in State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, Department of Heavy Industries, Department of Telecommunications, Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd and four each working in Syndicate Bank, Employees Provident Fund Organisation, Ordnance Factory Board and Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd have also been penalised.
Three officials each working in the Industrial Development Bank of India, State Bank of Patiala, Department of Education, Ministry of Urban Development, Indian Telephone Industries Ltd, Steel Authority of India Ltd and Western Coalfields Ltd, among others, have been handed penalties for corruption. The probity watchdog had received 2,617 complaints alleging corruption and other irregularities in the government departments during the month.The Chief Technical Examination wing of the CVC had effected a recovery of over Rs eight crore after inspecting procurement and works of various government departments.
"The Commission is deeply concerned over continuing delay in filling the post of Chief Vigilance Officers in MMTC Ltd, Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) and Gas Authority of India Ltd (GAIL)," it said.