Corrupt continues to rule the roost; ACB efforts get negated

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 Jan 2018 09:28:00


By Alka Panse-Tiwari,

City ranks second for not suspending corrupt officers despite traps

Efforts of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to nip corruption in Government offices in bud are increasingly being frustrated due to systematic efforts on part of officials to protect those caught in the traps. Interestingly, ACB survey has found that the customary suspension, post trapping of any official, are not being done for reasons best known to the Government. This is indeed shocking as not only it defeats the purpose with which the Anti-Corruption law was framed but also discourages the complainant who sees no change in Government offices.

The ACB conducted around 925 traps in the State last year. However, the authorities concerned haven’t released the suspension orders against the alleged accused. The recent chart released by ACB last year showed that total 153 government employees in the State, booked for corruption charges are still not suspended from their respective departments. Out of 153, 32 staffers are from Nagpur and they are at ease and seems to be still protected by the department top bosses.

As per the ACB chart, Education Department is on the first position with 37 staffers not yet suspended, followed by 32 from Gram Vikas (Zilla Parishad/ Panchayat Samiti), 16 staffers from Revenue/Land Records/Registration Department and 10 from Co-operative and Marketing Department.

Nagpur ranks second after Nanded for not suspending the tainted staffers. Nanded ranks first for not suspending 40 employees while Amravati ranks third with 21 corrupt staffers still continuing in office. The delay in taking proper action against the tainted employees including officers indirectly signals that those booked corrupt employees are being shielded by the senior officers of the department concerned.

However, when asked the ACB officials, it is learnt that the ACB team is not supposed to keep a track whether the corrupt officer is suspended or not. Talking to ‘The Hitavada’ Deputy Superintendent (DySP) S V Shelke informed that it is not a part of their duties to keep a track whether the corrupt employee has been suspended by the concerned department.

“Technically, if rules are to be followed, the corrupt employee should be suspended within six months after the offence is registered and can resume duties after six months.” said Shelke.
However, the numbers on the chart shows that six months are not enough for the authorised officers of the department to sanction the suspension orders.

Shelke claimed that such pending cases are not seen in the Police department. “Since, the Police headquarters is set up at every district the higher authority immediately passes the orders but the situation is completely different in other cases. For example, if the trap is made on Class I officer of Revenue Department, then the suspension letter is required from the Ministry level and thus it remains pending,” informed Shelke, who has recently joined the Nagpur ACB team.

Generally such type of cases are pending when the trap is phonic, means demand of bribe is over the phone, or possession of extra property, searches etc.
The chart for the city shows 8 people from Gramvikas (Zilha Parishad/Panchayat Samiti), 6 staffers from Education Department, 4 from Revenue/ Land Records office, 3 from Co-operative and Marketing, 2 sections from Home/Police department, 2 from Public Health Department, 3 persons working in Charity Commissioner’s office followed by one each from Finance Department, Food and Civil Supplies Administration, Water supply and Sanitation Department and Municipal Council.