Central Vigilance Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2021 Passed

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.