CVC Circular On How To Complain Against Corruption

Satarkta Bhawan, GPO Complex
Block A, INA, New Delhi 110023
Office Order No. 4/02/12

Dated: 13th February 2012

Sub: GoI Resolution on the Public Interest Disclosure & Protection of Informers (PIDPI) – Guidelines thereon.

The Government of India has authorized the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) as the Designated Agency to receive written complaints for disclosure on any allegation of corruption or misuse of office and recommend appropriate action under the Public Interest Disclosure & Protection of Informers (PIDPI) Resolution, 2004. Accordingly, Commission had also vide circular No.33/5/2004 dated 17/05/2004 issued guidelines and public notice on the procedure to be followed for filing whistle blower complaints under PIDPI Resolution for protecting identity of complainants/informers.

2. The Commission has noticed over the years that many complainants claiming to be ‘Whistle Blowers’ do not conform to the procedures prescribed by the Commission while filing the complaints to the Commission under PIDPI Resolution. The Commission would therefore emphasize the need for creating greater awareness among the public including employees of every Organization/Deptt. for lodging whistle blower complaints. The Commission would again suggest to all CVOs of Ministries/ Departments/PSUs/ Banks/ Insurance Companies/ Local Authorities/Societies etc., to give wide publicity to PIDPI Resolution and the guidelines issued by the Commission through their website, especially intranet of the Organization, Internal Journals, publications and also organize seminars/sensitizations etc. to inculcate greater awareness so as to encourage the public especially insiders to come forward and lodge/report information of corrupt practices or misuse of office in the respective Organizations/Departments to the Central Vigilance Commission.

(J Vinod Kumar)

Officer on Special Duty


GOI Resolution on Public Interest Disclosure and Protection of Informer

The Government of India has authorized the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) as the ‘Designated Agency’ to receive written complaints for disclosure on any allegation of corruption or misuse of office and recommend appropriate action.

2. The jurisdiction of the Commission in this regard would be restricted to any employee of the Central Government or of any corporation established by or under any Central Act, government companies, societies or local authorities owned or controlled by the Central Government. Personnel employed by the State Governments and activities of the State Governments or its Corporations etc. will not come under the purview of the Commission.

3. In this regard, the Commission, which will accept such complaints, has the responsibility of keeping the identity of the complainant secret. Hence, it is informed to the general public that any complaint, which is to be made under this resolution should comply with the following aspects.

i) The complaint should be in a closed / secured envelope.

ii) The envelope should be addressed to Secretary, Central Vigilance Commission and should be superscribed “Complaint under The Public Interest Disclosure”. If the envelope is not superscribed and closed, it will not be possible for the Commission to protect the complainant under the above resolution and the complaint will be dealt with as per the normal complaint policy of the Commission. The complainant should give his/her name and address in the beginning or end of complaint or in an attached letter.

iii) Commission will not entertain anonymous/pseudonymous complaints.

iv) The text of the complaint should be carefully drafted so as not to give any details or clue as to his/her identity. However, the details of the complaint should be specific and verifiable.
v) In order to protect identity of the person, the Commission will not issue any acknowledgement and the whistle-blowers are advised not to enter into any further correspondence with the Commission in their own interest. The Commission assures that, subject to the facts of the case being verifiable, it will take the necessary action, as provided under the Government of India Resolution mentioned above. If any further clarification is required, the Commission will get in touch with the complainant.

4. The Commission can also take action against complainants making motivated/vexatious complaints under this Resolution.

5. A copy of detailed notification is available on the web-site of the Commission

Issued in Public Interest by the Central Vigilance Commission, INA, Satarkta Bhawan, New Delhi.

Central Vigilance Commission