Vigilance Manual : A manual of the DVAC was brought out by the Government in 1982 and updated in 1992. This manual brings together all the basic instructions and guidelines issued by the Government, the Vigilance Commissioner and the Director for the performance of its tasks by the Directorate. This manual is designed to be of special value and guidance to the Investigating officers of the DVAC. As Anti-Corruption investigations are tricky, difficult and peculiar, they have to be handled deftly. The Vigilance manual thus gives guidelines on the technique of investigations.
Nature of Work : The main responsibility of the DVAC is to exercise vigil (prevention) and to launch anti-corruption (detection) initiatives against corrupt Public Servants. Vigilance aspects include collection of Vigilance Intelligence regarding malpractices/irregularities, criminal misconduct, corrupt practices in the functioning of Public Servants of any department or in the implementation of a project including individual acts of corruption/acquisition of assets disproportionate to one’s known sources of income, etc. Anti- Corruption work involves undertaking enquiries/investigation ordered by the Government against the corrupt Public Servants, laying traps on specific complaints on Public Servants who demand and accept bribe from the public for doing legal work, abuse of authority by Public Servants, accumulation of disproportionate assets by Public Servants and launching of criminal prosecution/tribunal enquires/departmental enquiries.
Who comes under the DVAC Scanner : The DVAC undertakes enquiries into complaints/information about specific acts of bribery or corruption and allied malpractices in the exercise of official authority by all Public Servants connected with the affairs of the State Government including the elected Public Servants and also employees of Public Undertakings and Corporations set up by the State Government, Chairpersons of Municipal Corporations, Vice Chancellors of Universities within the State etc., who are Public Servants as per Sec. 2 (c) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988. Private persons, abetting the offences of corruption committed by Public Servants could also be brought within the ambit of action by the DVAC.
for taking up Enquiries / Investigations : As per G.O.(D) No. 1,
P&AR (Per-N), dated 28th January 1992, the following are the authorities
who are authorised to initiate corruption enquiries and investigations
against Public Servants: