Chief Vigilance Office
The Chief Secretary to Government of Puducherry is also the Chief Vigilance Officer of this administration. The Chief Vigilance Office files are processed and submitted to the Chief Vigilance Officer through the Under Secretary to Government (Vigilance). A separate Police wing known as Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Police Unit headed by an Officer in the rank of Superintendent of Police had been set up under the direct control of the Chief Vigilance Officer.
Functions of Chief Vigilance Officer : He is primarily responsible for the enforcement of anti-corruption measures of the Government of Puducherry and of the instructions/guidance issued by the Central Vigilance Commission, New Delhi for the maintenance of integrity in the public services.
As per the provisions envisaged in the Vigilance Manual, the Petitions/Complaints/the source reports sent by the Central Vigilance Commission, New Delhi/Ministry of Home Affairs, New Delhi/Central Bureau of Investigation, Chennai are examined with due care at the Level of Senior Officers of the Administration and where ever required/ sent to the Superintendent of Police, Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Police Unit, Puducherry for enquiry. In case prima facie case is made out, appropriate action, either disciplinary or legal proceedings is initiated against the charged government servant with the approval of Competent Authorities and with the advice of the Central Vigilance Commission, as the case may be.
Dealing with the Complaints: The following are the nature of complaints received in this department.
- Signed complaints
- Anonymous Complaints
- Pseudonymous complaints
- Source information
The complaints viz. Signed/Anonymous/pseudonymous complaint/source informations received in this department are usually processed and submitted to the Chief Vigilance Officer for orders. Further course of action is taken based on the verifiable nature of the complaint and on the orders of the Chief Vigilance Officer.
The complaints which are not specific or verifiable in nature will be filed after obtaining the orders of the Chief Vigilance Officer. If the same contains any verifiable information/event, those complaints would be referred to the Superintendent of Police, Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Police, Unit, Puducherry for enquiry and report. The report of the Superintendent of Police which do not substantiate any of the allegation leveled in the complaint, the action on the complaint would be treated as closed. Before such closure, the category of the officials involved in the complaint has to be looked into. If any Group "A" and "B" official is involved in the complaint, then the matter has to be referred to the Central Vigilance Commission, New Delhi and their advice for closure has to be obtained. Only on receipt of the advice from Central Vigilance Commission the action taken on the complaint will end.
If the report of the Superintendent of Police, Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Police Unit reveals prima facie/substantiates any of the allegations leveled in the complaint in which any Group 'A' and 'B' official is found involved, along with other 'C' and 'D' after obtaining orders of the Lt. Governor (Since the Lt. Governor is the Disciplinary Authority in respect of all the Group 'A' and 'B' Officials), the matter would be referred to the Central Vigilance Commission for advice. After the advice of CVO is received, the Administrative Secretary concerned is being requested to cause necessary disciplinary proceeding against the officials involved.
On conclusion of the inquiry by the Inquiry Officer, but before issue of final order, the matter has to be again referred to the Central Vigilance Commission for second stage advice and according to the advice tendered by the Central Vigilance Commission the action pursued on the complaint would be rested.
As far as the complaints containing allegations against Group 'C' and 'D' officials are concerned, the further course of action regarding initiation of disciplinary proceedings/closure of action would be ordered at the level of Chief Vigilance officer, Puducherry . These cases need not be sent to the Central Vigilance Commission for advice.