New Delhi: As many as 81 government officials, majority of them working in nationalised banks, were penalised by the Central Vigilance Commission for their alleged involvement in illegal practices.

Out of the total officials, the maximum of them (36) are from public sector banks including ten officials of Syndicate Bank, nine of Punjab National Bank, five of State Bank of Mysore, four of SBI and three of Union Bank of India.

Two officials of Dena Bank and one each working with Allahabad Bank, Corporation Bank and State Bank of Patiala were also penalised by the anti-corruption watchdog for their alleged involvement in corruption, the CVC said in its monthly report for November, 2011.

Besides, ten officials of Western Coalfields Limited, eight officials of Indian Council of Agriculture Research, seven of Ministry of Railways and three each of Delhi Development Authority and MCD among others were penalised.

The CVC also made a recovery of about Rs 1.44 crore after inspecting procurement and other public works of government departments during the month.

It has received a total of 1,697 complaints, including 205 from whistle-blowers, alleging corruption in the central government departments.

"The Commission is deeply concerned over continuing delay in filling the post of Chief Vigilance Officers (CVOs) in State Bank of Travancore and Kandla Port Trust," the report said.