New Delhi: The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), which looks after corruption allegations on government officers, receives one complaint every 20 minutes. According to the data given by the CVC, they have received more 21,594 complaints in 2018. The CVC, which also looks after Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), had given the recommendation to send CBI chief Alok Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana on leave.

According to the data compiled by the CVC, the maximum number of complaints have been received in the month of May, followed by July. In May, the CVC received more than 100 complaints every day and in July, a total of 2,323 complaints were received by them.

The highest number of complaints that the CVC received are against officials working in the Union ministry of railways and also against the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs officials. Apart from government departments, banks are also facing corruption charges. 

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This is not the only year when these ministries and departments faced such severe corruption charges. In 2017, the railway ministry had the highest number of cases, where officials were faced with punitive action for alleged corruption charges.

The CVC, which also gives directions to the CBI and probe corruption-related cases, had given a report in the ongoing CBI vs CBI controversy, after the Supreme Court concluded some findings “very uncomplimentary” on certain charges levelled against CBI chief Verma by his deputy, Asthana. The CVC also didn’t give a clean chit to Verma.  On the CVC’s recommendation, the union government sent Verma and Asthana on leave.

The CVC is conceived to be the apex vigilance institution, free of control from any executive authority, monitoring all vigilance activity under the central government and advising various authorities in central government organisations in planning, executing, reviewing and reforming their vigilance work.