Grant of ‘Vigilance Clearance’ to AIS Officers & Central Civil Services/Central Civil posts – Consolidated Guidelines by DoPT vide O.M. dated 28.09.2022

Grant of ‘Vigilance Clearance’ to AIS Officers & Central Civil Services/Central Civil posts – Consolidated Guidelines by DoPT vide O.M. dated 28.09.2022

Grant of ‘Vigilance Clearance’ to AIS Officers & Central Civil Services/Central Civil posts – Consolidated Guidelines by DoPT vide O.M. dated 28.09.2022

F. No. 104/76/2022-AVD.IA
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel & Public Grievances & Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)

New Delhi, Dated 28th September, 2022

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Consolidated Guidelines regarding grant of ‘Vigilance Clearance’ to AIS Officers & Central Civil Services/Central Civil posts.

Ref: 1. DoPT OM No. 104/33/2005-AVD-I dated 29.10.2007
2. DoPT OM No. 11012/11/2007-Estt. (A) dated 14.12.2007
3. DoPT OM 104/33/2005-AVD-I dated 07.09.2011
4. DoPT OM No. 11012/11/2007-Estt.A dated 2709.2011
5. DoPT OM No. 11012/1112007-Estt.A dated 21.06.2013

D/o Personnel & Training (DoPT) has from time to time issued instructions I guidelines regarding grant of Vigilance Clearance to AIS officers & Central Civil Services/Central Civil posts. An effort has been made to consolidate and update the said guidelines at one place for better understanding and guidance, which are as follows:

2. Part A-Grant of Vigilance Clearance to AIS Officers

(i) These orders regarding accordance of vigilance clearance to AIS officers shall be applicable with respect to (a) inclusion in the offer list (b) empanelment (c) any deputation for which Central Government clearance is necessary, including deputation under Rule 6(1) and 6(2)(ii) of the AIS (Cadre) Rules (d) appointments to sensitive posts (e) assignments to training programmes (except mandatory training) (f) premature repatriation to the cadre. In all these cases, the vigilance status may be placed before and considered by the Competent Authority before a decision is taken.

(ii) The circumstances under which vigilance clearance shall not be withheld shall be as under:

  1. Vigilance clearance shall not be withheld due to the filing of a complaint, unless it is established on the basis of at least a preliminary inquiry or on the basis of any information that the concerned Government may already have in its possession, that there is, prima facie, substance to verifiable allegations regarding (i) Corruption (ii) Possession of assets disproportionate to known sources of income (iii) Moral turpitude (iv) violation of AIS Conduct Rules.
  2. Vigilance clearance shall not be withheld if a preliminary inquiry mentioned in 2(ii)(a) above takes more than three months to be  completed.
  3. Vigilance clearance shall not be withheld unless (i) the officer is under suspension (ii) the officer is on the Agreed List, provided that in all such cases the position shall be mandatorily revisited after a period of one year (iii) a chargesheet has been issued against the officer in a disciplinary proceeding and the proceeding is pending (iv) orders for instituting disciplinary proceeding against the officer have been issued by the Disciplinary Authority, provided that the chargesheet is served within three months from the date of passing such order (v) chargesheet has been filed in a Court by the Investigating Agency in a criminal case and the case is pending (vi) orders for instituting a criminal case against the officer have been issued by the Disciplinary Authority, provided that the chargesheet is served within three months from the date of initiating proceedings (vii) sanction for investigation or prosecution has been granted by the Competent Authority in a case under the PC Act or any other criminal matter (viii) an FIR has been filed or a case registered by the concerned Government against the officer, provided that the charge sheet is served within three months from the date of filing/registering the FIR/case (ix) the officer is involved in a trap/raid case on charges of corruption and investigation is pending.
  4. Vigilance clearance shall not be withheld due to an FIR filed on the basis of a private complaint unless a chargesheet has been filed by the investigating agency, provided that there are no directions to the contrary by a competent court of law.
  5. Vigilance clearance shall not be withheld even after sanction for prosecution if the investigating agency has not been able to complete its investigations and file charges even after a period of two However, such vigilance clearance will entitle the officer to be considered only to be appointed to non-sensitive posts and premature repatriation to the cadre and not for any other dispensation listed in Para 2(i) above.
  6. Vigilance clearance shall be denied to an officer if he fails to submit his annual Immovable Property Return of the previous year latest by 31st January of the following year, as required under Government of India decisions under Rule 16 of the All India Services (Conduct) Rule, 1968.
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(iii) In cases where complaints have been referred to the State, and no substantive response has been received from the State within three months from the date on which the reference was made, the Cadre Controlling Authority may provide a copy of the complaint to the officer concerned to seek his If the comments are found to be prima facie satisfactory by the Competent Authority, vigilance clearance shall be accorded.

(iv) Vigilance clearance shall be decided on a case-by-case basis by the Competent Authority keeping in view the sensitivity of the purpose, the gravity of the charges and the facts and circumstances, in the following situations:

  1. Where the investigating agency has found no substance in the allegation but the Court refuses to permit closure of the FIR.
  2. Where the Investigating Agency/ IO holds the charges as proved but the State Government differs on the

(v) While considering cases for grant of vigilance clearance for the purpose of empanelment of AIS officers of a particular batch, the vigilance clearance/status will continue to be ascertained from the respective State In respect of officers serving in connection with the affairs of the Central Government, the vigilance status/clearance will be obtained from the respective Ministry. In all cases, the comments of the CVC will also be obtained. However, if no comments are received within a period of three months, it will be presumed that there is nothing adverse against the officer on the records of the body concerned.

(vi) Vigilance clearance will be issued in all cases with the approval of the Head of Vigilance Division for officers up to one level below their seniority in In the case of officers of the level of Additional Secretary/Secretary, this will be issued with the approval of the Secretary. In case of doubt, order of Secretary will be obtained keeping in view the purpose for which the ‘vigilance clearance’ is required by the indenting authority.

(vii) Vigilance clearance will not normally be granted for a period of three years after the currency of the punishment, if a minor penalty has been imposed on an officer. In case of imposition of a major penalty, vigilance clearance will not normally be granted for a period of five years, after the currency of punishment. During the period, the performance of the officer should be closely watched.

3. Part B- Grant of Vigilance Clea rance to members of Central Civil Services/Central Civil posts

(i) These orders regarding accordance of vigilance clearance to members of the Central Civil Services/posts shall be applicable with respect to (a) empanelment (b) any deputation for which clearance is necessary (c) appointments to sensitive posts and assignments to training programmes (except mandatory training). In all these cases, the vigilance status may be placed before and, considered by the Competent Authority before a decision is taken.

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(ii) The circumstances under which vigilance clearance shall not be withheld shall be as under:

  1. Vigilance clearance shall not be withheld due to the filing of a complaint, unless it is established on the basis of at least a preliminary inquiry or on the basis of any information that the concerned Department may already have in its possession, that there is, prima facie, substance to verifiable allegations regarding (i) Corruption (ii) Possession of assets disproportionate to known sources of income (iii) Moral turpitude (iv) violation of CCS (Conduct) Rules, 1964.
  2. Vigilance clearance shall not be withheld if a preliminary inquiry mentioned in 3(ii)(a) above takes more than three months to be completed.
  3. Vigilance clearance shall not be withheld unless (i) the officer is under suspension (ii) the officer is on the Agreed List, provided that in all such cases the position shall be mandatorily revisited after a period of one year (iii) a chargesheet has been issued against the officer in a disciplinary proceeding and the proceeding is pending (iv) orders for instituting disciplinary proceeding against the officer have been issued by the Disciplinary Authority, provided that the chargesheet is served within three months from the date of passing such order (v) chargesheet has been filed in a Court by the Investigating Agency in a criminal case and the case is pending (vi) orders for instituting a criminal case against the officer have been issued by the Disciplinary Authority, provided that the chargesheet is served within three months from the date of initiating proceedings (vii) sanction for investigation or prosecution has been granted by the Competent Authority in a case under the PC Act or any other criminal matter (viii) an FIR has been filed or a case registered by the concerned Department against the officer, provided that the charge sheet is served within three months from the date of filing/registering the FIR/case (ix) the officer is involved in a trap/raid case on charges of corruption and investigation is pending.
  4. Vigilance clearance shall not be withheld due to an FIR filed on the basis of a private complaint unless a chargesheet has been filed by the investigating agency, provided that there are no directions to the contrary by a competent court of law.
  5. Vigilance clearance shall not be withheld even after sanction for prosecution if the investigating agency has not been able to complete its investigations and file charges within a period of two However, such vigilance clearance will entitle the officer to be considered only to be appointed to non-sensitive posts and premature repatriation to the parent cadre in case the officer is on deputation and not for any other dispensation listed in Para 3(ii)(a) above.
  6. Vigilance clearance shall be denied to an officer if he fails to submit his annual Immovable Property Return of the previous year latest by 31st January of the following year, as required under Government of India decisions under Rule 18 of CCS (Conduct) Rule, 1964.

(iii) In cases where complaints have been referred to the administrative authority concerned, and no substantive response has been received from such administrative authority concerned within three months from the date on which the reference was made, the Disciplinary Authority may provide a copy of the complaint to the officer concerned to seek his If the comments are found to be prima facie satisfactory by the Competent Authority, vigilance clearance shall be accorded.

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(iv) Vigilance clearance shall be decided on a case-by-case basis by the Competent Authority keeping in view the sensitivity of the purpose, the gravity of the charges and the facts and circumstances, in the following situations:

  1. where the investigating agency has found no substance in the allegation but the Court refuses to permit closure of the FIR; and
  2. where the investigating agency/ inquiry officer holds the charges as proved but the Competent Administrative Authority differs on the converse.

(v) While considering cases for grant of vigilance clearance for the purpose of empanelment of members of the Central Civil Services/Central Civil posts of a particular batch, the vigilance clearance/status will continue to be ascertained from the respective Cadre In all such cases, the comments of the Central Vigilance Commission will be obtained. However, if no comments are received within a period of three months, it will be presumed that there is nothing adverse against the officer on the records of the body concerned.

(vi) Vigilance clearance will be issued in all cases with the approval of the Head of Vigilance Division for officers up to one level below their seniority in In the case of officers of the level of Additional Secretary/Secretary, this will be issued with the approval of the Secretary. In case of doubt, order of Secretary will be obtained keeping in view the purpose for which the ‘vigilance clearance’ is required by the indenting authority.

(vii) Vigilance clearance will not normally be granted for a period of three years after the currency of the punishment, if a minor penalty has been imposed on an In case of imposition of a major penalty, vigilance clearance will not normally be granted for a period of five years, after the currency of punishment. During the period, the performance of the officer should be closely watched.

(viii) Insofar as the personnel serving in the Indian audit and accounts Department are concerned, these instructions have been issued after consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

(Rupesh Kumar)
Under Secretary to Govt. of lndia

To,

  1. All Ministries/Departments of Government of India
  2. NIC with a request to upload the OM on the website of DoPT

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