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Govt appointed Suresh N Patel as new Central Vigilance Commissioner

Suresh N. Patel has been appointed as the  chief of the Central Vigilance Commission.

What is Central Vigilance Commission(CVC)?

CVC is conceived to be the apex vigilance institution, free of control from any executive authority, monitoring all vigilance activity under the Central Government and advising various authorities in Central Government organizations in planning, executing, reviewing and reforming their vigilant work.

The Central Vigilance Commission was set up by the Government in February 1964 on the recommendations of the Committee on Prevention  of Corruption, headed by Shri K. Santhanam, to advise and guide Central Government agencies in the field of vigilance.

About Suresh N. Patel

Suresh N. Patel was working as the acting Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) since June this year

He was also the former managing director and chief executive officer of Andhra Bank until April 2020 and later appointed as the vigilance commissioner.

Previous Chief Vigilance Commissioner

Sanjay Kothari

About Central Vigilance Commission(CVC) Bills

The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) Bill was passed by both houses of Parliament in 2003 and the President gave its assent on September 11, 2003. Thus, the Central Vigilance Commission Act 2003.

Central Vigilance Commission Membors

  • A Central Vigilance Commissioner – Chairperson;
  • Not more than two Vigilance Commissioners – Members;

Present Vigilance ommissioner

Praveen Kumar Srivastava

Arvinda Kumar

Central Vigilance Commission(CVC) Roles & Functions:

The CVC receives complaints about corruption or misuse of office and  recommends  appropriate action. Following institutions, bodies, or a person can approach to CVC:

  • Central government
  • Lokpal
  • Whistle blowers
  • It is not an investigating agency. The CVC either gets the investigation done through the CBI or through chief vigilance officers (CVO) in government offices.
  • It is empowered to inquire into offences alleged to have been committed under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 by certain categories of public servants.
  • Its annual report gives the details of the work done by the commission and points to systemic failures which lead to corruption in government departments.

Who appoints the Chief Vigilance commissioner?

The President of India appoints the Central Vigilance Commissioner and the Vigilance Commissioners on the recommendation of the Prime Minister, Home Minister and the leader of the opposition in the Lok Sabha.

Chief Vigilance Commission & Vigilance Commissioner Tenure

The Central Vigilance Commissioner shall serve for a period of four years from the date of his appointment or until he attains the age of sixty-five years, whichever comes first.

The same applies to Vigilance commissioner.

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