Dr Jitendra Singh exhorts employees to give their best

Dr Jitendra Singh exhorts employees to give their best
The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said that the current Government is committed to make its employees feel comfortable at their workplace so that they are able to give their best to improve the standards of governance.

Addressing a function, after presenting “Excellence Awards” to 44 officials working in various wings and sections of the Department of Personnel recently, Dr Jitendra Singh said that the Department of Personnel plays a nodal role for bringing about new reforms for improved functioning in all the other Ministries. From this point of view, therefore, the standards of functioning within the Ministry of Department are not only expected to be excellent, but rather above excellence, so that this may accordingly be emulated by the rest of the Ministries as well, he added.

Congratulating the officials and employees who received the awards, Dr Jitendra Singh said that ideally an official or employee should not expect an award for the work assigned to him because it is part of his natural responsibilities, but nevertheless, awards like this carry their own value because they serve as an incentive and source of encouragement and inspire the officials to further improve on their performance. At the same time, he said, the peers and other colleagues in the department also look up to their award-winning colleagues to educate themselves as to how best to improve upon their working standards and achieve the same levels of performance.

Dr Jitendra Singh complimented the Government officials and bureaucrats for having been fully cooperative with the political leadership during the last one-and-a-half year of the current Government and said that one of the biggest achievements of this Government has been that it has succeeded in creating an atmosphere of comradeship among all the functionaries of Government, regardless of their position or designation and primarily the credit for this goes to the Department of Personnel.

He said that employees at each level are working round-the-clock with the sole objective of living up to the expectation of the people of this country and to fulfil the mission of citizen-centric governance under Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.

S/Shri Rishi Pal, C. Ganesh Kumar, Manoj Maiti, Rajesh Saraswat, M.P. Harinarayan, Atul Kumar, B.C. Halder, Sumit Kumar, P.C. Monga, D.K. Sengupta, Prem Kumar Mandal, Aman Kumar, Chander Prakash, Ram Bahadur Thapa, Dharmender Kumar, Surender Singh Tomar, Pradeep Kumar, , Mritunjaya, S.G. Mulchandaney, Jagdish Chand, Umesh Kumar Mishra, Mukesh Kumar, D.K. Sahu, S.K. Prasad, , Jitendra R. Gaikwad, D. Ramesh Babu, Pushpender Kumar, Rajneesh Jain, Shiv Ram Meena, Bhagaban Padhy, Kailash Kumar, Ishav Khan, Subhash Chand, Suresh Kumar, J. Narayanan, Dharamvir, P.S. Sodhi, Rajesh Soni, M. Venkatesan, A.M.U. Mahesh, Pavan Kumar A.M.N., Ms Rizwana Bano, Ms Sripada Swarnlatha and Ms Seema Kalra were the Government officials who were conferred "Excellence Awards" for the year 2014-15.

Shri Sanjay Kothari, Secretary DoPT and other senior officials of the Department were also present on the occasion.

Corruption cases pending in CVC
The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) does not maintain its data State-wise. However as per available information on 31.01.2016, a total of 589 cases are pending for examination in the CVC. In addition, in 35 cases comments on CBI investigation reports are awaited from the Departments/ Organizations and in 953 cases further clarifications are awaited from the Departments/ Organizations. Further, during the years 2013, 2014 and 2015 a total of 4801, 5867 and 4604 cases respectively were disposed-off by CVC.

The Government has taken several steps for quick disposal of pending cases. DoPT conducts quarterly meeting with CVC, CBI and other Central Government Ministries to monitor pending cases of sanction for prosecution and check delay in sanction for prosecution. A Committee chaired by Secretary (DoPT) also monitors the status of cases of sanction for prosecution on quarterly basis and takes necessary steps to resolve delayed cases expeditiously.

In respect of pending disciplinary cases in CVC, the Commission has taken up with the individual Chief Vigilance Officers (CVO) of the Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations concerned on the need for expeditious finalization of disciplinary proceedings. CVC is also monitoring the pendency of disciplinary cases by sending alerts through SMSs and E-mail to the concerned CVOs.

This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Dr.Swami Sakshiji Maharaj in the Lok Sabha today.

Reducing Chief Vigilance Officers
The Government has constituted a Committee, under the chairmanship of Additional Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) to take a holistic view and submit a report that recommends reassessment of Chief Vigilance Officers (CVO) positions in Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) and other organizations under Ministries/ Departments and rationalization of pay and allowances of CVOs.

The Committee in its report has recommended continuation of some posts in existing level, upgradation/ downgradation/ clubbing/ additional charge of some posts based on inputs received from various Ministries/ Departments and Central Vigilance Commission (CVC).

At present 151 posts of CVOs in CPSEs and other organizations falling under various Ministries/ Departments are filled by DoPT. The CVOs in CPSEs etc. are appointed after taking concurrence of CVC and the concerned Administrative Ministry of the CPSEs/ concerned organizations and with the approval of the Competent Authority. Whenever any situation arises where a vacancy of CVO cannot be filled up due to non-availability of suitable officers or any other exigencies, such posts of CVOs are operated on additional charge basis, till the time a regular CVO is posted, for smooth functioning of vigilance administration.

As and when a proposal for appointment of CVO is received from Ministries/ Departments, expeditious action is taken to fill up the vacancy.

This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri K.N.Ramachandran in the Lok Sabha today.

Sanction for prosecution
The Supreme Court of India, vide its judgement dated 18th December,1997 in the case of Vineet Narain Vs Union of India, directed that “ time limit of three months for grant of sanction for prosecution must be strictly adhered to. However, additional time of one month may be allowed where consultation is required with the Attorney General (AG) or any law Officer in the AG’s office”. Accordingly, instructions have been issued from time to time to all Ministries/Departments to strictly abide by the orders of the Supreme Court. It is sometimes not possible to adhere to this time limit. The delay which occurs in the sanctioning of prosecution is mostly on account of detailed scrutiny and analysis of voluminous case records and evidence, consultation with Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), State Governments and other agencies, and sometimes non-availability of relevant documentary evidence.

In order to avoid delay in processing of such proposals due to procedural infirmities/ shortcomings/discrepancies in the proposals, DoP&T has switched over to Single Window System w.e.f. 01.08.2014 for accepting the proposals as per order No. 142/4/2012-AVD.I dated 28.07.2014. DoPT also conducts quarterly meeting with Central Vigilance Commission, Central Bureau of Investigation & other Central Government Ministries to monitor pending cases of sanction for prosecution and check delay in sanction for prosecution. Government has sanctioned 92 additional Special Courts across the country to dispose of prevention of corruption act cases expeditiously. Of these, 86 Courts have become functional.

This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Prataprao Jadhav and Shri Ram Tahal Choudhary in the Lok Sabha today.

Appointment of Information Commissioners in Central Information Commission
Shri Amitava Bhattacharyya, Indian Administrative Service, (GJ:1980), retired Chairman, Staff Selection Commission, Shri Bimal Julka, Indian Administrative Service, (MP:1979), retired Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Shri Divya Prakash Sinha, Indian Police Serve (MT: 1979), retired Secretary (Security), Cabinet Secretariat, as Information Commissioners in the Central Information Commission, New Delhi.

The above appointments have been made for a term of five years from the date on which they enter upon their office or till they attain the age of sixty five years, whichever is earlier, as per the provisions of the Right to Information Act, 2005.

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