State vigilance commission,
west bengal

Administrative Details :

The State Vigilance Commission functions through three distinct but interrelated divisions:

  • (1) Secretariat Wing :
  • (2) Anti-Corruption Bureau :
  • (3) Commissioners for Departmental Enquiries :

(1) Secretariat Wing :

The Secretariat Wing is headed by a Secretary (an I.A.S. Cadre Post) assisted by Joint Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Assistant Secretary, special officer/Register, O.S.D, Section Officers and other members of staff of various categories. The Secretariat Wing of the Commission coordinates and the functions of other wings of the Commission and also liaises with different Disciplinary Authorities on behalf of the Commission.

(2) Anti-Corruption Bureau :

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (A.C.B.) of this Commission is headed by an Inspector General of Police (an IPS cadre post). He is assisted by a Superintendent of Police, Deputy Superintendents, Inspectors, Sub-Inspectors of Police and A.S.I.s besides a number of Watcher & Guard Constables. All investigations and enquiries taken up by or assigned to the Commission are conducted through the officers of the Anti-Corruption Bureau under the overall guidance and supervision of the Commission.

(3) Commissioners for Departmental Enquiries :

The third important Wing of the Commission is a quasi judicial one consisting of two Commissioners for Departmental Enquiries and four Deputy Commissioners for Departmental Enquiries, the former being usually members of West Bengal Higher Judicial Service in the rank of District Judge either on deputation or on reemployment and the latter generally from the West Bengal Civil Service (Executive) in the rank of Deputy Secretary/Joint Secretary/Special Secretary. These Officers hold formal departmental inquiry proceedings on being appointed as Inquiring Authority/Enquiry Officer by the Disciplinary Authority concerned on the recommendation of the Commission. After completion of formal inquiry proceedings, the Commissioners/Deputy Commissioners for Departmental Enquires are required to submit their report to the Commission for onward communication to the Disciplinary Authority.

Other important wings:

(1) Law Cell :

The Commission has one senior Law Officer/Law Officer who helps the Commission in vetting draft articles of charge as well as in dealing with court matters. The Law Officer also advises the Commission on legal matters as and when required.

(2) Technical Cell :

There is also a Technical Cell to assist the Commission. It is headed by an Officer of the rank of Superintending Engineer assisted by an Assistant Engineer, two Sub-Assistant Engineers and other staff. A small Cell under an Assistant Engineer and one Sub-Assistant Engineer on deputation from P.W.D. has also been set up at Siliguri in the year 2006-07 for covering North Bengal Districts. We are happy to report that the Cell at Siliguri is now fully functional and has helped significantly in expediting disposal of pending cases in North Bengal.

This Technical Cell looks after the technical aspects of the vigilance cases relating to different Departments/Directorates/Public Undertakings. The Cell carries out activities in collaboration with other wings of the Vigilance Commission. The core activities of the Technical Cell are as under:

  • (a) Evaluation of cost of buildings/properties.
  • (b) Dealing with the cases of alleged malpractices in contracts on assigned Works.
  • (c) Preventive vigilance in respect of contract procedures.

(3) District Anti-Corruption Unit :

At the district level the District Magistrate is the Ex-Officio District Vigilance Officer. The D.V.O. is entrusted with the responsibility of supervising Anti Corruption and Vigilance activities in the District. The D.V.O. has under him an Anti-Corruption Unit with an officer of the rank of Inspector, Sub-Inspectors of Police and constables. The Anti Corruption Unit Officers belong to the Anti-Corruption Bureau of the Commission.

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