The Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (VACB) has issued two path-breaking circulars (copies of which are with The Kochi Post) to streamline its functioning. Dr. Jacob Thomas IPS took charge as the Vigilance Director on June 2 and the first circular came on June 4. It deals with the procedure to be followed for enquiries on petitions or complaints sent by the public, cases forwarded by courts and on reports from the government. The second circular dated June 18 is aimed to strengthen the process/procedure of supervision and monitoring of enquiries and investigations within the VACB by using modern communication technologies. These circulars will supersede all existing instructions on all the subjects mentioned in these circulars.
Every officer in the units of the Bureau has been directed to do an in-depth study of each other’s department, and Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) or government organisation with regard to their processes, projects, schemes, transactions, budgets, payments, proposal, posting, etc. on a regular basis. The Bureau will be simultaneously studying more than 100 departments/PSUs/organisations. This information/intelligence will be used by all units in enquiries for improving effectiveness and reducing time for each enquiry.
The Unit Officers (DySPs) are permitted to enquire into all petitions/complaints received by them without forwarding the same to the SP and the Vigilance Directorate. It has been stipulated under this circular to complete such enquiries within 15 days. Petitions received at the office of the SPs will have to be enquired by their office using their resources. The Unit Officers have been given the task of training personnel not directly engaged in investigation work to assess and evaluate each petition for the existence of a vigilance angle and the seriousness and significance of the vigilance angle.