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Online system for quick disposal of departmental cases against govt servants

Departmental proceedings against government officers are known to drag for years. To cut down such delays, the government has launched an online system for transparent and quicker completion of such probes.

india Updated: Jun 22, 2017 21:00 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Departmental proceedings,Govt servants,Online system
Minister of State for DoPT Jitendra Singh launching an online portal for departmental proceedings on Thursday. (PTI Photo)

The government on Thursday launched an online system for transparent and quicker completion of departmental inquiries against central government employees.

Minister of state for personnel, Jitendra Singh who launched the new scheme, said the online system will cut the delay.

The government says the factors for delay include late replies by the officer charged or acquisition of documents required for proving details of the charges, adjournments during the inquiry, and lack of accountability for completion of inquiry.

“The online system will use cloud based technology and provides interface to different stakeholders like the administrative ministry that initiated the inquiry, the cadre controlling authority, charged officer and inquiry officer as well,” the government said in a statement.

Under the system, all documents required for inquiry will be stored online and authenticated through digital signatures. The communication between the different stakeholders will be through the system with provision for email and SMS alerts.

The software has provision for providing status of all pending cases on real time basis.

According to Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), around 3,500 government officers working in various departments are facing disciplinary proceedings for their alleged involvement in corruption or for violation of service rules.

According to the government, there had been serious concerns raised on the enormous time and delay encountered for completion of departmental proceedings instituted against government servants. These proceedings were taking anywhere up to seven years for completion. They now get completed in three years but the government wants to bring it down to two years.

Initially the software will be adopted in respect of IAS officers posted in the central government and will subsequently be extended to other services.

First Published: Jun 22, 2017 20:59 IST