Thursday, 22 December 2011

Why we need an independent strong Lokpal

Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) is created to put an end to corrupt babudom; but the way it is structured, it actually enhanced corruption by babus. 

CVC has minimal infrastructure and manpower (250 employees and rented office space). To work on corruption CVC designated a Central Vigilance Officer (CVO) in every government department to inquire and take action on corruption complains. When the complain received by CVC, CVC simply forwards the complain to CVO and depends on the moral and ethics of CVO for proper disposing off the complain in a time bound manner. If CVO is corrupt then the complain ends up in cold storage.

An example of corrupt babu culture under the nose of CVC is as under

National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), an institute of National importance, under Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP) within Ministry of Chemical and Fertilizers (C&F).  NIPER runs solely on GOI funding and receives funding from five-year plan of GOI.

In 11th five-year plan NIPER received huge sums of money from GOI to create state of the art infrastructure for teaching and research on drug discovery and development. However like any other reputed institutes of the country the money is not put in the use of better good. With a nexus build with funding ministry and Director NIPER money was siphoned off for personal gains. 

Regarding siphoned off of 11th five year plan money complain was lodged to CVC, as usual CVC forwarded it to CVO DoP and CVO did nothing. In fact the same CVO was disbursing officer of NIPER Grant.

In response to a RTI quarry CVO replied we have not received any such letter from CVC. When the same RTI send to CVC, CVC provided copies of letter and reminder send to CVO of DoP. In another RTI to DoP DoP said report was send to CVC, and three pages of the report was missing from CVC report. 

When the same is reported to CBI, CBI found cognizable offense is committed and it is under process of registering a case.

Thus CVC is a utter failure to prevent corrupt cycle of babudom and useless to prevent corruption? They ask the same corrupt guy to inquiry the matter of corruption. 

What is the answer then.................independent Strong Lokpal.  

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