Days after the Supreme Court gave the go-ahead for the appointment of Chief Vigilance Commissioner and a Vigilance Commissioner, Union Minister of State for Personnel has said that the top vacancies would be filled soon.
- The Supreme Court had last week given its approval for the appointments asking the government to ensure transparency by providing the high-powered selection committee headed by the Prime Minister with names and details of all 130 applicants and not just of those shortlisted by a scrutiny panel of three senior bureaucrats.
- The key posts fell vacant last September after CVC Pradeep Kumar and Vigilance Commissioner J.M. Garg completed their terms.
last CVC : Pradeep Kumar
last Vigilance Commisssioner : J M Garg
Basic facts: Central Vigilance Commission:
- It was created via executive resolution (based on the recommendations of Santhanam committee (संताणाम कमिटी) in 1964 but was conferred with statutory status in 2003.
- It is the apex vigilance institution.
- Presently, the body consists of central vigilance commissioner along with 2 vigilance commissioners.
- They are appointed by the President of India on the recommendations of a committee consisting of Prime Minister, Union Home Minister and Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha (if there is no LoP then the leader of the single largest Opposition party in the Lok Sabha).
- Their term is 4 years or 65 years, whichever is earlier.
- It submits its report to the President of India.
- The Central Vigilance Commissioner or any Vigilance Commissioner can be removed from his office only by order of the President on the ground of proved misbehavior or incapacity after the Supreme Court, on a reference made to it by the President, has, on inquiry, reported that the Central Vigilance Commissioner or any Vigilance Commissioner, as the case may be, ought to be removed.
- CVC is advisory body.
Sources: The Hindu, Wiki.