CVC Current Affairs - 2019

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Vigilance Awareness Week

Last week of October is observed as Vigilance Awareness Week under the aegis of Central Vigilance Commission (CVC). This year, the week falls from 28th October, 2019 to 2nd November, 2019.
Theme: Integrity-a way of life.

The week is to be launched with an Integrity-pledge of the staff and officers of the ministry to fight against corruption

Significance

The CVC observes Vigilance Awareness week every year to promote transparency, integrity and accountability. The observance creates increased awareness among the public and encourages the stakeholders to participate in the fight against corruption.

Highlights

  • During the week long campaign, activities like public interaction for redress of grievances, debates among students, surprise inspections, poster competitions, essay writing, quiz, paining competitions will be conducted.
  • Also workshops for employees and other stakeholders on preventive vigilance measures will be conducted.
  • Organize human chains in villages and towns
  • Display banners and posters in prominent locations and also places with public interface (Railway station, petrol pumps, etc.)
  • Organize awareness programs in Gram Sabhas and in Gram Panchayats.

The aim of the programs is to motivate and sensitize the officers and staff to remain vigilant and transparent in their work.

SC verdict on reinstating CBI chief Alok Kumar Verma: Key Facts

The Supreme Court of India has reinstated CBI director Alok Kumar Verma, setting aside the Centre’s order to divest him of his powers. The Supreme Court has restrained him from taking any major policy decision till the CVC probe into corruption charges against him is over.

Observations made by the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has further asked the high-powered committee which selects and appoints the CBI director to take any further decisions once the CVC submits its report after the probe.

The selection committee of the CBI director comprises the Prime Minister, the leader of opposition and the Chief Justice of India.

There is no provision in the law which permits the government to divest the CBI director of his powers and functions without prior consent from the high powered select committee.

Supreme Court cited the Vineet Narain verdict of 1997 where the Supreme Court underlined the fact that the tenure of the CBI director had been fixed to two years after the Delhi Special Police Establishment (DSPE) Act.

Vineet Narain verdict of 1997

The Supreme Court had delivered a landmark verdict in the case of Vineet Narain vs Union of India case, popularly known as the Jain hawala case. The Supreme Court in its verdict had pronounced measures to shield the CBI director from outside interference and make the director’s post more transparent. The measures are:

  • The CBI director shall have a minimum tenure of two years, regardless of the date of his superannuation.
  • The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) shall be responsible for the efficient functioning of CBI.
  • The transfer of an incumbent Director, CBI in an extraordinary situation, including the need for him to take up a more important assignment, should have the approval of the selection committee.

The Supreme Court had laid down these measures recognising the need to provide permanent insulation to agencies such as CBI against extraneous influences to enable them to discharge their duties in the manner required for proper implementation of the rule of law.