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Central Vigilance Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2021

Central Vigilance Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2021:

Parliament has passed the Central Vigilance Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2021.

  • The bill will replace the ordinance promulgated in this regard.
  • The Bill seeks to amend the Central Vigilance Commission Act, 2003.
  • The Act provides for the constitution of a Central Vigilance Commission to conduct inquiries into offenses alleged to have been committed under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.
  • Presently, the Director of Enforcement has a tenure of a minimum of two years.
  • The Bill adds that the tenure of the Director may be extended by up to one year at a time, till the completion of five years from the initial appointment.
  • Such extensions may be granted in the public interest, on the recommendation of the Committee.
  • Under the 2003 Act, the Director of Enforcement is appointed by the central government, on the recommendation of a Committee.
  • This Committee is chaired by the Central Vigilance Commissioner and includes the Secretaries from the Ministries of Home Affairs, Personnel, and the Revenue department.