BSNL is committed to fight against corruption by helping management in creating
transparent, honest and efficient organizational culture through the system
improvement, awareness, timely detection and speedy investigation of mal-practices
with impartiality and professional competence.
BSNL Vigilance is headed by Shri V.K. Singh, Chief Vigilance Officer.
BSNL Vigilance Wing plays an advisory role the various disciplinary authorities in BSNL.
It also serves a link between BSNL, Central Vigilance Commission ,
Central Bureau of Investigation and Ministry IT& Communication .
The main functions of the BSNL vigilance are to check and eradicate corruption
which also include collecting intelligence about corrupt practices committed or
likely to be committed within the BSNL, investigating or causing an investigation
to be made into verifiable allegations reported to it, processing investigation
reports for further consideration of disciplinary authority concerned;
referring the matters to the Central Vigilance Commission for advice
wherever necessary, taking steps to prevent practices of misconduct etc.
Thus the function can be divided into two parts, namely :-
(i) Preventive Vigilance :
Even though detection and punishment of corruption and other mal-practices are certainly
important, what is more important is taking preventive measures
instead of hunting for the guilty in the post-corruption stage.
Therefore, BSNL Vigilance takes various measures to prevent
the corruption which include :
(a) To examine in detail the existing Rules and Procedures of
the Organisation and ensure its implantation with a view to eliminate or minimize
the scope for corruption or malpractices;
(b) To identify the sensitive/corruption prone area
in the Organisation and keep vigilant eye on personnel posted in such areas;
(c) To plan and enforce surprise inspections and
regular inspections to detect the irregularity, system failure and existence
of corruption or malpratices;
(d)To prepare a list of officers of doubtful integrity and
surveillance over them;
(e) To prepare Agreed List in consultation with the CBI;
(f) To ensure periodical rotation of staff;
(g) To ensure observance of Conduct Rules relating to integrity of the Officers,
(i) The Annual Property Returns,
(ii) Gifts accepted by the officials,
(iii) Benami transactions,
(iv) Regarding relatives employed in private firms or doing private
(ii)Punitive Vigilance :
The functions of BSNL Vigilance on the Punitive vigilance aspect are as follows :
(a) To receive complaints from various sources and scrutinize them with a view to find out if the allegations involved a vigilance angle.;
(b) To investigate or cause an investigation to be made into such specific and verifiable allegation in the complaint received directly or forwarded by the Central Vigilance Commission or CBI or Ministry or CMD, Board of Directors or any other Government or BSNL authority.
(c) To process the investigation report expeditiously for obtaining orders of the competent authorities about further course of action to be taken and also obtaining CVC advice on the investigation report wherever necessary.
(d) To ensure that charge sheet, statement of imputations, lists of witness and documents etc. are carefully prepared and copies of all the documents relied upon and the statements of witnesses cited on behalf of the disciplinary authority are supplied to the charged officer along with the charge-sheet;
(e) To ensure that all documents required to be forwarded to the Inquiry Officer are carefully sorted out and given promptly;
(f) To ensure that there is no delay in the appointment of the Inquiry Officer, and that no dilatory tactics are adopted by the charged officer or the Presenting Officer;
(g) To ensure that the processing of the Inquiry Officer's Reports for final orders of the Disciplinary Authority is done properly and quickly;
(h) To scrutinize final orders passed by the Disciplinary Authorities subordinate to the Ministry/Department, with a view to see whether a case for review is made out or not;
(i) To see that proper assistance is given to the C.B.I. and other disciplinary and enforcement agencies in the investigation of cases entrusted to them or started by them on their own;
(j) To take proper and adequate action with regard to writ petitions filed by charged officers;
(k) To ensure that the Central Vigilance Commission is consulted at all stages wherever it is required to be consulted and that as far as possible, the time limits prescribed in the Vigilance Manual for various stages is adhered to;
(l) To ensure prompt submission of returns to the Commission;
(m) To ensure that the competent disciplinary authorities do not adopt a dilatory or a lax attitude in processing vigilance cases, thus deliberately or otherwise helping the charged officials , particularly in cases of officers due to retire;
(n) To ensure that cases against the charged officials on the verge of retirement do not lapse due to time-limit for any reason and that the orders passed in the cases of retiring officers are implemented in time; and
(o) To ensure that the period from the date of serving a charge-sheet in a disciplinary case to the submission of the report of the Inquiry Officer, should, ordinarily, not exceed six months.