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Parliamentary panel slams 'headless' CBI for delay in filling up vacancies

Parliamentary panel slams headless CBI for delay in filling up vacancies

New Delhi: A Parliamentary Committee on Thursday expressed concerns over vacant posts in the CBI, which is working without a regular chief, and asked the government to take proactive steps to ensure that it does not remain under-staffed.

It also objected to the "snail pace" of the International Centre of Excellence in Forensic Science-CBI, which is yet to get approval from the Ministry of Home Affairs.

"Shortage of personnel at various levels in CBI is a perennial problem. The Committee has expressed its concern on this on several occasions. Vacancy in any organization, to a large extent, can be anticipated well in advance and proactive efforts should be initiated to complete necessary procedure to fill up the vacancies on time. The CBI seems to have failed in anticipating such a situation," the panel said in a report tabled in the Parliament.

The Committee hopes that compliance of recruitment rules do not lead to delay in filling up of the vacancies in time.

"If so, the rules can be revisited so as is eliminate the delays. In view of this, the Committee reiterates that the government should take proactive steps in filling up of vacancies well in advance, so that the premier institution like CBI do not remain under-staffed, which certainly will have bearing on its performance," the report said. CBI or the Central Bureau of Investigation is working without a regular chief after the agency's Director Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana were divested of their powers and sent on leave for accusing each other of corruption and other irregularities. The Committee observes that the level of vacant positions in executive ranks, law officers and technical officers is about 16 per cent, 28 per cent and 56 per cent respectively.

"At the top level, out of four posts of Special Director/Additional Director, three are lying vacant. CBI, in their presentation, has stated that they are feeling the impact of vacancies due to rising burden of investigations. The Committee is deeply concerned about the vacancies remaining unfilled in the CBI due to various reasons," it said. The panel noted that increasing number of cases are now being referred to the CBI pertaining to areas like internal security, cyber-crimes, corruption, financial irregularities and the nation cannot afford to have its premier investigative agency understaffed and thus ill-prepared.

It asked the government to consider making terms of deputation to the CBI more rewarding in order to retain capable officers and to attract best officers from the state police forces, central paramilitary forces and the Intelligence Bureau, among others.

The Committee said that the proposal for setting up of the 'International Centre of Excellence in Forensic Science-CBI' is pending for long and as informed by the CBI, it is still pending with the home ministry at approval stage.

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