The Enforcement Directorate, that functions under the Department of Revenue, is acutely short of staff. This has been badly undermining its performance as one of the principal tools of the government to carry out anti-money laundering operations. Currently, it is said to be functioning with a bare strength of 678 personnel of all ranks versus the sanctioned strength of 2,064.
The staff deficit of 67.15 per cent means that it is neither able to investigate thoroughly the cases referred to it, nor is it able to make legally foolproof the cases where investigations have been completed. And the high-ups in the Department of Revenue, who are entrusted with the task of facilitating the endeavour of the ED, have not even stirred, let alone act, to bridge this gaping hole in the personnel requirement of the Directorate.