New Delhi, Nov 18 (PTI) Failure to take up the appointment as Chief Vigilance Officers (CVOs), who act as distant arm of CVC to check corruption in a government organisation, will debar an officer for five years from being considered for foreign assignments, the Centre said today.
It has sought nominations of suitable officers for posting as CVOs in central public sector enterprises and in other government organisataions against the existing vacancies and those likely to arise in next fiscal.
The CVOs are authorised to decide upon the existence of vigilance angle in a particular case at the time of registration of complaint besides screening them before they are referred to CBI. They also monitor corruption, malpractices and misconduct on the part of employees and to take remedial action.
"Failure to take up the appointment on the part of the officer will lead to debarment for 5 years along with its attendant consequences. It is also pointed out that it is not only the failure to take up the appointment, but also withdrawal after a panel has been drawn up by the Department, that leads to debarment for 5 years.
"It is, therefore, important that only applications of willing officers are forwarded," an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) to all secretaries of central government ministries and chief secretaries of states said.If an officer does not join within one month of issue of his appointment order, his appointment would be treated as cancelled and the officer concerned would stand debarred from central deputation for a period of five years from the date of issuing of orders of his appointment, it said.
"Further, the officer would also be debarred from being considered for deputation on foreign assignments or consultancies abroad during the period of debarment.
"The officers who are debarred from central deputation should not be sponsored for consideration for these posts till they complete their debarment period and become eligible for re-consideration," the order said.
The nominations have been sought for 25 posts of CVOs, at the level of Joint Secretary and Director, which are likely to fall vacant in 2016-17.
On selection, the officer would be eligible for an initial deputation tenure of three years in a CPSE or in an organisation which is extendable - for a further period of two years in the same organisation (total 5 years) or for a further period of three years on transfer to another organisation on completion of initial tenure.