Concerned over the delay of as long as six years in appointment of Chief Vigilance Officers (CVOs) in some central organisations, the government has decided to fill up these vacancies by next year in 44 key departments across the country.
The government has decided to fill posts at the level of Director to Joint Secretary in organisations like Hindustan Antibiotics Limited (Pune), Kandla Port Trust, Tuticorin Port Trust, Numaligarh Refineries Limited, National Aluminium Company (Bhubneshwar), Indian Bureau of Mines (Nagpur) and Rail Vikas Nigam Limited here among others.
In certain departments, CVOs remain to be recruited for as long as six years.
The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has asked all Chief Secretaries of State and Union territories Administrations and their cadre-controlling authorities to recommend eligible officers along with vigilance clearance.
The deputation, initially for a period of three years, is extendable to five years.
The DoPT has also sought for appointment of CVOs against the vacancies which may arise during the next financial year.
"We are seeking officers who meet the criteria and can be considered for deputation at different places. Our aim is to ensure that the post of CVOs in all the Central Public Sector Undertakings and others does not remain vacant," a DoPT official said.
The Chief Vigilance Officer has been authorised to monitor against corruption, malpractices and misconduct on the part of employees and to take remedial action besides closely tracking cases related to criminal misconduct of employees and coordinating with the CBI for expeditious disposal of such cases.
A CVO also decides upon vigilance in a particular case and attends meetings with CBI Zonal Joint Director for preparation of 'Agreed List' of officers whose integrity is doubtful.
CVO posts are also vacant in National Small Industries Corporation Limited (Delhi), Metallurgical and Engineering Consultant Limited (Ranchi), South Eastern Coalfields Limited (Bilaspur), Hindustan Paper Corporation Limited (Kolkata) and Mangalore Refineries and Petrochemicals Limited.