New Delhi: As many as 203 government officials, including 20 from the Department of Telecommunications, have been penalised by the Central Vigilance Commission on corruption charges.

Of these, a highest of 21 are working in Indian Overseas Bank, 16 each in Punjab National Bank, Union Bank of India and Ministry of Railways and 15 in Central Board of Excise and Customs, the CVC said in its performance report for July.

The penalised officials included eight from the Ministry of Coal, seven of Delhi Development Authority (DDA), five of Municipal Corporation of Delhi and six of UCO Bank, among others.

"The Commission advised imposition of major penalty against 33 officials of various ministries, departments or organisations including one joint secretary and legal adviser of Department of Legal Affairs, one IAS officer (Ex Vice Chairman, DDA), one general manager(P) of Air India," it said.

The Chief Technical Examiner's wing of the Commission also submitted five technical examination reports which resulted in recovery of about Rs 1.34 crore during July.

The CVC had processed 2,832 complaints (including 67 from whistleblowers) during the month and sought investigation or factual report in 45 complaints from the ministries or departments concerned.

The probity watchdog also gave 34 vigilance clearances for empanelment of board-level appointments.

The Commission is concerned over continuing delay in filling the post of Chief Vigilance Officers in  MMTC Ltd and Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL), the statement said.


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