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Almost 205 officials working in different government departments have come under the surveillance of Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) for their alleged involvement in corruption.

Of these, a highest of 42 officials working with Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), 19 from Ministry of Railways, 14 from State Bank of India, 12 from Syndicate Bank and 10 each from Canara Bank, Union Bank of India and Bharat Coking Coal Limited have been recommended imposition of penalty by the probity watchdog.

Eight officials from the Punjab National Bank, seven each from Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, Indian Overseas Bank and the State Trading Corporation of India, six from Vijaya Bank, four each from Oriental Bank of Commerce, UCO Bank, DSIDC and Oriental Insurance Company Limited, among others, have been advised penalty, the CVC said in its monthly performance report for May.

The Chief Technical Examination (CTE) wing of the Commission also effected recovery of about Rs 18 crore after inspecting public procurement related work during the month.

The CVC has recovered about Rs 26.42 crore between January and May this year on the basis of technical examination of 26 government-run departments.

“The Commission is deeply concerned over continuing delay in filling up the post of Chief Vigilance officers in MMTC Ltd and Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC),” it said.

The CVC processed 3,243 complaints (including 19 whistle blower) during the month.

“The Commission advised issuance of sanction for prosecution in respect of 10 officials of various ministries, departments, organisations which include an IFS officer working as Deputy Conservator of Forests in the Ministry of Environment and Forests and three Senior Managers of Canara Bank,” the report said.

During the month prosecution sanctions were issued by the Competent Authorities in 15 cases which include a Chief Manager of Indian Overseas Bank, a Senior Manager of Canara Bank, one Director (Chemicals) of Bureau of Indian Standards, one Director of Ministry of External Affairs and one Garrison Engineer of Ministry of Defence, it added.

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