New Delhi: Over 110 officials from Central Bank of India, Delhi Development Authority and other organisations were penalised by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) this year for their alleged involvement in corruption.

Officials including a highest of 26 from Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) were reprimanded by the Commission.

Besides this, the Commission has advised sanction of prosecution against two Indian Forest Service (IFS) officers-Harishankar Upadhata and K R Singh, presently working under the Ministry of Environment and Forests, for alleged graft.

According to CVC's performance report for January, the Commission said it has imposed major penalty against a total of 116 officials, including 20 from Central Bank of India, 18 from Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and nine from Oriental Insurance Company Ltd among others.

The Commission has recovered Rs 14.88 crore after conducting technical examination of three departments under the central government.

The probity watchdog received a total of 791 complaints, including 50 from whistleblowers, during the month informing it of corrupt practises by the government officials.

Other than keeping a check, the CVC has issued advisories to alert the organisations about different vulnerabilities, policies, systems and procedures which pose a risk of corruption.

It has advised Airport Authority of India to vet construction designs from Indian Institutes of Technology or government engineering college to keep possible anomalies and delays at bay.

For instance, a contract relating to award/execution of civil works of Airport Authority of India, as per consultancy agreement, adequacy of structural design rested with the consultant who were fully responsible and further, the design was also required to be vetted in writing from IITs/Govt Engineering College.

"However, due to infirmity in the structural design submitted by the consultant, the project got delayed.  Airport Authority of India was advised to design a system for vetting/proof checking of designs/drawings submitted by the consultants," the report said.

It has expressed concern over vacancies of Chief Vigilance Officers (CVOs) in key government departments to check graft.

"The Commission is deeply concerned over continuing delays in filling the post of CVOs in several key organisations like Hindustan Shipyard Ltd, Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL), Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC), BEML (Bharat Earth Movers Limited) and NALCO (National Aluminium Company Ltd," the report said adding that "the government is being regularly reminded".

(Agencies)