GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Railways
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 2167
ANSWERED ON MARCH 15, 2013
Graft Cases in Railways
2167. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR:
Will the Minister of RAILWAYS be pleased to state:
(a) whether it is a fact that according to a recent report by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), Railways tops in graft complaints vis-a-vis other Government organizations;
(b) if so, the details thereof along with the number of graft cases in Railways; and
(c) the action taken on these graft cases and the steps Government proposes to take to prevent corruption in Railways?
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(SHRI KOTLA JAYA SURYA PRAKASH REDDY)
(a) & (b): In its annual report of 2011, Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has shown 8805 nos. of complaints in 2011 against Railway personnel, inclusive of 2070 complaints brought forward from previous year. Of these only 2176 (25% of the total) contained verifiable information.
(c) Out of 2176 verifiable complaints, in 1353 complaints, the allegations were not considered to be sustainable and hence closed. In the balance 823 cases, 494 officials were held responsible for misdemeanor i.e. 0.04% of a total work force of 1.3 million employees and action has been initiated against them under Railway Servants (Disciplinary & Appeal) Rules.
Railways have a well established vigilance organization, spread over the entire railway system to curb corrupt practices. Preventive checks and decoy/surprise checks are carried out regularly and system improvements are suggested from time to time by the Vigilance organization and their implementation is monitored at the apex level. Suitable disciplinary action is taken, depending upon the gravity of the charges. In addition to this, e-procurement and e-tendering has been started for increased transparency. In-motion weigh-bridges have been installed at the goods loading points to prevent grant of undue advantage through over loading. Vigilance Awareness Week is also organized for dissemination of vigilance related information and increased awareness.