Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption

Vigilance Functions

Collection of Intelligence: One of the important responsibilities of the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption is the collection of intelligence about malpractices and corrupt activities in different departments. The Heads of Departments and Public Undertakings are required under Government Orders to keep the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption informed about all the schemes, projects, undertakings or settlement of contracts, etc., whose value is Rs.10 lakhs and above, so that the Directorate may keep a vigil on such schemes/projects etc. from their inception with a view to detect any malpractices or corruption in their execution. These intimations received from other departments are passed on to the concerned DVAC authority for taking necessary follow up action.
 
Surprise Checks: At times, in order to verify a specific complaint or information, which appears credible, about an on-going corruption in a government office, Surprise Checks are initiated by the DVAC jointly with the Departmental Officers or District Inspection Cell Officers, at points and places of suspected corruption. For example, surprise checks on the commercial tax check posts at points of entry may reveal possession of unexplained money. A presumption is drawn that the money is acquired by illegal means (releasing the vehicle operators) and prosecution is launched after investigation. Surprise checks conducted at storage points some times lead to the detection of shortage of material with reference to the stocks, thereby requiring further investigation. 

Vigilance Reports: Every Detachment of the DVAC submits regular Vigilance Reports (VR) incorporating the intelligence collected on the corrupt activities of Public Servants. These VRs in turn, become one of the main sources for taking up enquiries/cases against corrupt officials after following due procedure required under the Vigilance Manual. Whenever an instance of violation of conduct rule provisions is noticed during discreet enquiries, the same is brought to the notice of the Head of the Department concerned for initiating departmental action after verifying the facts. 

Internal Vigilance
: Most of the Public Sector Undertakings have an internal vigilance mechanism to keep a watch over the corrupt activities of Public Servants in their organisations. If specific instances of corruption or prima facie evidence are noticed, they refer the cases to DVAC for a thorough probe.
 
Preventive Vigilance: During investigations and enquiries, the DVAC comes across loopholes and procedural irregularities prevalent in organisations. Areas of possible corruption are also identified. Based on this experience, reports containing recommendations for initiating corrective measures for an effective improvement of the system are sent to the Government. By this way, scope for future corruptions is reduced considerably.