Central Vigilance Commission lays down rules for post-retirement hiring of officials by government organisations
Absence of a process is leading to these with tainted previous being engaged, says CVC.
The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has laid down an outlined process to be adopted by government organisations for getting vigilance clearance earlier than using a retired official on contractual or consultancy foundation.
In a letter to the Secretaries of all of the Central government Ministries and departments, chief executives and chief vigilance officers of the general public sector undertakings, the CVC stated the absence of a uniform process generally led to a state of affairs the place officials with tainted previous or instances pending in opposition to them have been engaged.
“Such a situation not only leads to unnecessary complaints/allegations of favouritism, but is also against the tenets of fairness and probity which is the basic principle governing the functioning of government organisations,” stated the Commission.
According to the process, earlier than providing employment to the retired officers of the All India Services, Group A officers of the Central government or their equal in different organisations owned or managed by the Centre, vigilance clearance from the employer organisation, from which the officer has retired, ought to be essentially obtained.
In case a retired officer had served in multiple organisation, clearance needs to be obtained from all of them the place the individual was posted throughout the 10 years previous to retirement. Simultaneously, a communication in search of clearance also needs to be despatched to the Central Vigilance Commission.
If no reply is obtained from the erstwhile employer (s) inside 15 days of sending the communication by velocity put up, a reminder might be despatched for expediting the method. In case there isn’t a response inside 21 days of the preliminary communication, vigilance clearance ought to be deemed to have been given.
Later, if the previous worker is discovered concerned in any vigilance associated matter or not cleared from the vigilance level of view, the erstwhile employer organisation can be accountable for all consequential actions.
The CVC stated the posts to be stuffed up on contractual/consultancy foundation ought to be marketed correctly a minimum of on the organisations’ web site and made out there within the public area for all of the individuals.
“Cooling off” interval
In the case of retired officials taking on full time or contractual assignments within the personal sector, the Commission stated very often the “cooling off” interval was not being noticed and the act constituted a severe misconduct.
Therefore, the CVC directed all of the government organisations to formulate applicable rules for its staff to make sure the cooling off interval was noticed earlier than accepting any supply. The pointers ought to embrace a process to get permission earlier than accepting such a proposal throughout the interval.
The conduct rules also needs to be modified to make sure that if required, applicable motion might be initiated in case of any violation by the retired staff, stated the Commission.