Vigilance body says it’s made no difference
Admitting that the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has not been able to curb corruption, CVC member Sudhir Kumar said the commission had made no difference in curtailing corruption due to the inherent flaws in the system, reports HT Correspondent.delhi Updated: Mar 10, 2009 00:26 IST
Admitting that the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has not been able to curb corruption, CVC member Sudhir Kumar said the commission had made no difference in curtailing corruption due to the inherent flaws in the system.
“We are doing whatever we can, but I don't think we have made any difference,” Kumar, one of the three vigilance commissioners, said.
Talking to Hindustan Times, the 1968-batch IPS officer said the Central Vigilance Commission’s mandate was limited and unless concerned ministries and departments take a proactive view, corruption cannot be eliminated.
“We don’t conduct field investigations and do not have a proper system or the capability to test the authenticity of the complaints that we receive.”
Kumar, who served in the Intelligence Bureau for about 25 years, said it is the government's prerogative to provide more teeth to the Central Vigilance Commission and investigation agencies if it is serious about checking corruption.
He said an analysis of cumulative figures of the funds spent on Indians roads would show that our roads should have been in a better shape than those in the US. However, that’s not the case.
“When will we understand that we are accountable for the money that is spent?” lamented Kumar.
Kumar said that probe agencies should attach property and wealth details of politicians and public servants, facing corruption charges, while filing a chargesheet against them.
“This will certainly help prevent them from misusing ill-gotten money to hire best lawyers and further corrupt the system,” Kumar added.
First Published: Mar 10, 2009 00:25 IST