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akhilesh yadav posted a topic in RTI in MediaCVC slams Department of Revenue, CBDT and CBEC for shielding corrupt officials Reported by Aman Sharma in economictimes.indiatimes.com on Jan 3,2013 CVC slams Department of Revenue, CBDT and CBEC for shielding corrupt officials - The Economic Times NEW DELHI: The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has slammed the Department of Revenue in theMinistry of Finance and two of its key organs - theCentral Bureau of Direct Taxes (CBDT) and the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) - for shielding its allegedly corrupt senior officials. In response to an RTI application filed by ET, CVC has revealed the minutes of all annual review meetings held by it in 2012 with the Central Vigilance Officers (CVOs) of various government sectors. The minutes of one such meeting held on July 27, 2012, with CVOs of the Revenue and Transport Sector reveal that CVC came down hard on the Department of Revenue, CBDT andCBEC for going slow against corruption. The minutes clearly state that CVC Pradeep Thakur said at the meeting that there is a "perceptible tendency" in the Department of Revenue of "trying to protect particularly senior officers" in the organisation. CVC asked Shashi Shekhar, the additional secretary (revenue) and CVO of Department of Revenue, to make concerted efforts to liquidate the pendency of corruption complaints, saying the commission was concerned over the inordinate delay in implementation of its advice for action. CVC also criticised CBEC at this meeting, saying that certain accused officers in CBEC are made to retire without any action against them for corruption and that action after retirement is "indefinitely delayed" to the advantage of the accused officers. The minutes state that CVC pointed out that investigating officers (IOs) in CBEC had the tendency to hold charges against officers as "not proved" in most of the cases and CVO also generally tend to agree with the findings of IO even in cases of glaring omissions and commissions. "Reports of IOs are not scrutinised by CVO with due objectivity and diligence. CVC stated that IOs, at times, even ignore the board's own guidelines while conducting inquiries and that accountability should be fixed by IOs in fair and just manner even against their own colleagues and no personal relations should interfere in the decision making of IOs," the minutes provided under RTI state. Shielding top officers is a phenomenon in CBDT too, the minutes indicate. "CVC expressed its concern at the inordinate delays being caused by CBDT in finalising regular departmental action cases, implementation of CVC's advice and in grant of sanction for prosecution. CVC stated that such delays indicated reluctance of the administration in taking action against senior officials and such delays, especially in grant of sanction for prosecution, are completely unacceptable. CVC also expressed its displeasure at the arbitrary fashion in which adjudicating officers are passing the orders while deciding cases of higher revenue implications," the minutes say. CVC was similarly anguished about the large number of pendency of action against allegedly corrupt officials in CBDT, saying Supreme Court has recently made it mandatory for prosecution sanction to be granted within three months and officers intentionally delaying the same to be held accountable. As per the CVC annual report for 2011, CBDT and CBEC were still to take action against a total of 474 corrupt officers against whom CVC advised action over six months ago. 334 such cases were pending in CBEC while 144 cases were pending in CBDT. In comparison, CBEC took action only against 69 of its officers last year while CBDT acted against just eight officers.
As reported at www.expressbuzz.com on 18 March 2009 CHENNAI: The government of India’s Finance Ministry attracts the largest number of Right To Information (RTI) queries under the RTI ACT, said Justice Wajahat Habibullah, chief information commissioner, Central Information Commission at a press meet here on Tuesday. He said the Finance Ministry received the highest number of queries because it handled the portfolios such as Income Tax Department, Insurance and Banking among other things. This had also been the factor why the department also recorded the largest number of denials as much of the information sought, including account details of individuals, was classified as personal. He said he did not personally want to define several of these questions as frivolous and change any rules in the Act as sometimes they might not be frivolous and much time was wasted on proving whether it was frivolous or not. But this had only increased the strain on the Commission, as they were not able to clear the cases in proportion to the in flow. ``We receive over 15,000 to 16,000 cases per month and are able to clear 1,800 cases in a month. There is an improvement in the disposal rate from clearing an average of around 800 cases before as more umber of information commissions have been linked to the central office,’’ he said. He also cautioned against any amendments for he said that it only created more confusion among the applicants. An advantage of RTI Act was that it had forced several departments including Urban Development Department to put their record in order and archive it in a more organised manner, he explained. Another achievement, he said, was the penetration that RTI Act has had among the rural India. He explained that while there was need for more awareness to be created by the respective State Governments, a study undertaken by a non-government organisation, revealed that an average of two people in every village in India had applied for information under RTI, but the effectiveness of such application was yet to be analysed. Source: http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=%E2%80%98Finance+Ministry+gets+bulk+of+RTI+queries%E2%80%99&artid=w5D0NyHauaQ=&SectionID=lifojHIWDUU=&MainSectionID=lifojHIWDUU=&SEO=Right+To+Information&SectionName=rSY%7C6QYp3kQ=