Pending Cases of Prosecution



Pending Cases of Prosecution

Sanction for prosecution is accorded under section 197 of the Criminal Procedure Code (Cr. PC) or section 19 of the Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act, 1988 against Central and State Government officials at various levels and from different service cadres. Such sanctions are accorded by different competent authorities either in the State Government or in Government of India depending on rank and service cadre of the official concerned. However, since Department of Personnel and Training is the cadre controlling department for Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Central Secretariat Service (CSS) and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) (Group ‘A’) officers only, it handles prosecution sanction cases under the Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act, 1988 only against these officers.


The number of Central and State Government Officials against whom criminal as well as corruption cases have been registered during the last two calendar years i.e. 2013, 2014 and the current year 2015 (up to 31.01.2015), and the number of cases wherein sanction for prosecution is awaited from the competent authority, as provided by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), are as below:

Year
No. Of Total Cases Registered (RCs)
No Of officials Involved in cases
No. Of cases Pending  for Sanction of Prosecution
No Of officials Involved in cases Pending  for Sanction of Prosecution


Central
State

Central
State
2013
855
590
129
39
28
15
2014
871
540
70
22
22
1
2015 (upto 31.01.2015)
73
46
4
0
0
0

The Supreme Court of India vide its judgment dated 18.12.1997 in the case of Vineet Narayan vs Union of India, directed “time limit of three months for grant of sanction for prosecution must be strictly adhered to. However, additional time of one month may be allowed where consultation is required with the Attorney General (AG) or any Law Officer in the AGs office”.

Instructions have been issued from time to time to all Ministries/Departments to strictly abide by the orders of the Supreme Court.

Department of Personnel and Training have held quarterly meetings to monitor the pending cases of sanction for prosecution in respect of Central Ministries and the last meeting was held on 21.01.2015.

At times it is not possible to adhere to this time limit. The delay occurring in sanctioning of prosecution is mostly on account of detailed scrutiny and analysis of voluminous case records and evidence, consultation with Central Vigilance Commission, State Government and other agencies and sometimes non-availability of relevant documentary evidence. In order to avoid delay in prosecution and in processing of such proposals due to procedural infirmities, shortcoming/discrepancies in the proposals, Department of Personnel and Training has switched over to a single window system w.e.f. 01.08.2014.

The Competent Authorities have also been instructed vide Department of Personnel and Training O.M. No. 372/19/2012-AVD-III dated 03.05.2012 to mandatorily take a decision in such cases within a period of three months from receipt of request.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to Dr. Bhola Singh in the Lok Sabha today.

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Pending RTI Cases

As per Right to Information Act, 2005, the RTI applications and first appeals are required to be mandatorily disposed off within 30 days of their receipt.  However, no time limit has been prescribed for disposal of 2nd appeal/complaint by the Central Information Commission.

As on 17.02.2015, a total number of 37935 2nd appeals/complaints are pending with the Central Information Commission.

The pendency of 2nd appeals/complaints with the Central Information Commission is as under:

As on
Number of pending 2nd  appeals/complaints
31.12.2013
22907
31.12.2014
35854

The Central Information Commission has been granted autonomy in recruitment of staff. The Government has also taken several steps like reiteration of guidelines for the Central Public Information Officers and First Appellate Authorities enabling them to supply information/dispose of first appeal effectively resulting in less number of appeals to the Commission.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to Shri P.R. Sundaram and Dr.C. Gopalakrishnan in the Lok Sabha today.

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TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE/LOCAL WISDOM

National Innovation Foundation (NIF) has built up a database of over 2,00,000 technological ideas, innovations and traditional knowledge, majority of which pertain to agricultural, veterinary or human use. The traditional knowledge documented at NIF is screened for its novelty and then validated with the help of State Agricultural Universities, Veterinary Universities, R&D institutions etc. NIF has an MoU with Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to validate novel claims of herbal healers. For the practices found to be unique/novel, NIF also files patent in the name of knowledge holders. Besides, the CSIR has been playing an important role in protecting India`s rich traditional knowledge in healthcare by creating a Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL). To document/protect traditional knowledge of the tribal people in the Country, Tribal Co-operative Marketing Development Federation of India Limited (TRIFED), Ministry of Tribal Affairs, has also made an effort to prepare briefs on the products/crafts practiced by them and their marketing.

The Tribal Sub-Plan scheme of the Department of Science & Technology provides opportunities to motivated scientists, technologists and field level S&T organizations to take up action-oriented and location-specific projects aiming at socio-economic up-liftment of tribal population through appropriate technological interventions.

To strengthen the capability of grassroots innovators, NIF has established thirty four (34) community workshops in rural areas in eighteen (18) states of the country at the premises of seasoned innovators so that other grassroots innovators of the region can have access to fabrication facilities and also learn from the experiences of such innovators.

This information was given by the Minister of Science and Technology Dr. Harsh Vardhan in Lok Sabha today.

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Research Opportunities for Scientists of Indian Origin

Ramanujan Fellowship of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Ramalingaswami re-entry Fellowship of Department of Biotechnology (DBT) are targeted schemes aimed to attract highly skilled Indian researchers working overseas by providing them attractive avenue to pursue their R&D interests in Indian institutions. Under the Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) Faculty Scheme of DST, young Indian citizens and people of Indian origin including Non Resident Indian (NRI)/Person of Indian Origin (PIO) status with PhD (in science, mathematics, engineering, pharmacy, medicine, and agriculture related subjects) from any recognized university in the world are offered contractual research positions in Indian Institutions / Universities to carry out independent research and emerge as a leader in future science & technology. Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has a scheme to attract Scientists/ Technologists of Indian Origin (STIO) under which they are appointed at an identified CSIR laboratory so as to nurture a research field in their area of expertise. Annually, Rs. 35 crore for 186 Ramanujan Fellows, Rs. 29 crore for 160 Ramalingaswami Fellows and Rs. 20 crore for 116 INSPIRE Faculty have been provided to pursue research in the country.

This information was given by the Minister of Science and Technology Dr. Harsh Vardhan in Lok Sabha today.

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Inspire Awards To Students



Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) is a National Programme implemented by the government of India for attraction of talent amongst students to study science and pursue career with research. Under the INSPIRE Award Scheme, there is a provision to give an award of Rs. 5000/- to students studying in classes 6th to 10th for preparing a science project/model. The number of such awards given to various States/UTs during the last three years is enclosed (Annexure-I).

Nominations for INSPIRE Awards are received by the Department from States/UTs online all the year round and are processed by the Department from time to time for sanction. The State/UT wise details of nominations received during 2014-15, are enclosed (Annexure-II).

ANNEXURE-I



Year-wise Number of INSPIRE Awards sanctioned to various States/UTs


Sl. No
States/UTs/Independent Organization

No. of Awards sanctioned
2011-12
2012-13
2013-14
1.      
Andhra Pradesh
16893
15871
27469
2.      
Arunachal Pradesh
303
88
1
3.      
Assam
2045
2419
1728
4.      
Bihar
4393
8456
22380
5.      
Chattisgarh
14942
6388
20901
6.      
Goa
277
43
170
7.      
Gujarat
21670
23138
15304
8.      
Haryana
2748
5614
75
9.      
Himachal Pradesh
7143
526
1523
10.   
Jammu and Kashmir
3712
3486
1423
11.   
Jharkhand
6728
6584
1484
12.   
Karnataka
39412
24293
24715
13.   
Kerala
3286
4601
2022
14.   
Madhya Pradesh
21201
11308
26047
15.   
Maharashtra
13906
28282
9366
16.   
Manipur
521
148
143
17.   
Meghalaya
1334
321
301
18.   
Mizoram
818
802
1
19.   
Nagaland
292
186
40
20.   
Orissa
10838
4557
11439
21.   
Punjab
836
6684
1
22.   
Rajasthan
11318
27333
17323
23.   
Sikkim
483
203
139
24.   
Tamil Nadu
8847
8364
8518
25.   
Telangana*
0
0
0
26.   
Tripura
1500
64
48
27.   
Uttar Pradesh
38663
22956
6059
28.   
Uttarakhand
743
3132
417
29.   
West Bengal
5384
2106
1745
30.   
A&N Islands
60
62
1
31.   
Chandigarh
200
159
1
32.   
Dadra and Nagar Haveli
128
117
136
33.   
Daman and Diu
96
105
56
34.   
Lakshadweep
8
15
1
35.   
NCT of Delhi
1687
463
250
36.   
Puducherry
246
175
194
37.   
Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan
664
354
524
Total
243325
219403 
  201945

*Included in the Andhra Pradesh as Telangana State came into being on March1, 2014

S.
No.
States/UTs/Independent Organization
Number of Schools from which nominations received (see note 1)
Number of schools to which INSPIRE Awards have been sanctioned
Number of  schools
Awards Sanctioned (see note 2)

Andhra Pradesh
10544
8642
11832

Arunachal Pradesh
0
0
0

Assam
705
472
470

Bihar
3604
3232
4449

Chattisgarh
1564
1564
1564

Goa
4
0
0

Gujarat
15861
13989
13989

Haryana
3333
2389
2389

Himachal Pradesh
2396
2297
3660

Jammu and Kashmir
2629
2629
3892

Jharkhand
11761
10802
18336

Karnataka
11369
7906
15128

Kerala
1471
1128
1128

Madhya Pradesh
12082
9180
13179

Maharashtra
9459
7272
9839

Manipur
234
234
234

Meghalaya
284
284
284

Mizoram
0
0
0

Nagaland
57
57
57

Orissa
7707
1641
1641

Punjab
6052
5845
5845

Rajasthan
12121
9408
18618

Sikkim
0
0
0

Tamil Nadu
9678
9628
11599

Telangana
10513
7836
12111

Tripura
0
0
0

Uttar Pradesh
12035
7881
15715

Uttarakhand
582
582
582

West Bengal
2165
2002
2002

A&N Islands
48
43
43

Chandigarh
57
43
43

Dadra and Nagar Haveli
88
0
0

Daman and Diu
48
0
0

Lakshadweep
0
0
0

NCT of Delhi
524
474
937

Puducherry
201
193
193

Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan
303
0
0
Total
149479
117653
169759

Note: 1. Two students from each school studying in classes 6th to 10th are selected for INSPIRE Awards during the 5 year plan period.

Note: 2. About two lakh awards are sanctioned during each financial year. Balance awards will be sanctioned by March 31,2015

This information was given by the Minister of Science and Technology Dr. Harsh Vardhan in Lok Sabha today.

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