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||GOs and Circulars
Vigilance & Anti-Corruption Bureau is the main Government Organisation to fight corruption among public servants. The Kerala Government vide G.O. MS No.525/64/Home dated 21..12..1964 ordered the formation of a separate Department replacing X-Branch of Police unit as Vigilance Division under the administrative control of a Director.
It was renamed as Vigilance Department vide Government letter No.5520/A1/75/Vig. dated 27..08..1975. Again vide G.O.(P) No.15/97/Vig. dated 26..03..1997 its nomenclature was changed to Vigilance & Anti-Corruption Bureau.
Mission and Vision of the department
The Vigilance & Anti-Corruption Bureau is headed by the Director who is of the rank of Director General of Police. The Director is to be assisted by four Officers of the rank of Additional Director General of Police to Deputy Inspector General of Police. In addition to the above, a Superintendent of Police is also posted in the Directorate, for assisting the Director in administrative matters. He is also the head of the intelligence unit in the Headquarter.
(i) Ranges:- There are four Ranges, each headed by a Superintendent of Police with territorial jurisdiction, located at Thiruvananthapuram, Kottayam, Ernakulam and Kozhikode.
(ii) Districts:- Each range comprises of a number of Revenue districts. In each of the 14 Revenue Districts, there is a Vigilance Unit headed by a Deputy Superintendent of Police.
(iii) Special Units: - In addition to the above, there are six Special Units. These are the three Special Cells located at Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam and Kozhikkode, two Special Investigation Units (I&II) at Thiruvananthapuram, one Special Investigation Team to investigate Brahmapuram Diesel Power Plant (BDPP) cases at Ernakulam. The three Special Cells and two Special Investigation Units are headed by Superintendents of Police. The Special Investigation Team at Ernakulam, which is constituted for the investigation of the Vigilance Case regarding the irregularities in the implementation of Brahmapuram Diesel Power Plant, is headed by Deputy Superintendent of Police and the Headquarters of the team is at Ernakulam. The team is now under the administrative control of Superintendent of Police, Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau, Special Cell, Ernakulam.
(iv) Research Analysis and Enforcement Wing:- A Research Analysis and Enforcement Wing is functioning in the Directorate to assist the field Officers in technical matters connected with Enquiries/Investigations undertaken by this Bureau. The wing consists of One Executive Engineer (Civil), One Assistant Executive Engineer (Civil), One Executive Engineer (Mechanical) and one Accounts Officer (Audit). All these Officers are taken on deputation basis.
(v) Legal Wing:- This Bureau has its own Legal Wing to conduct the prosecution of Cases in the four Special Courts and to attend to the work in the two Vigilance Tribunals on behalf of the State.The legal wing consists of one Legal Adviser at Thiruvananthapuram and six Additional Legal Advisers having headquarters at Thiruvananthapuram, Kottayam, Thrissur, and Kozhikkode.The Legal Wing also furnishes legal opinion in Enquiries/Investigations undertaken by this Bureau.
(vi) Intelligence Branch: - An Intelligence Branch headed by Superintendent of Police (Int.) is functioning in the Directorate to collect, collate and analyse intelligence about corrupt officials. In each Range also there are Intellignece wing under the Superintendents of Police.
Line departments, Institutions and organizations under the department
Major Functions of the Department
The Bureau conducts Investigation/Enquiries into the following types of allegations involving Government Servants and Public Servants including those working in the Public sector undertakings of the State Government.(i) Criminal misconduct of Public Servants as defined in PC Act 1988.
(ii) Dishonest or improper conduct or abuse of power by Public Servants.
(iii) Gross dereliction of duty or negligence.
(iv) Misappropriation of public funds involving more than Rs. 50,000/-
(v) Amassment of wealth disproportionate to the known sources of income.
(vi) Misuse of Public money or property.
Besides conducting investigation into Vigilance Cases, the Bureau also conducts Vigilance Enquiries, Confidential Verifications and Surprise Checks. The Bureau also collects intelligence report about corrupt officials and maintains dossiers on them.