Facing flak over the issue of state DGP Loknath Behera functioning also as the state vigilance director, the Kerala government is evaluating a proposal to set up a State Vigilance Commission on the pattern of the Central Vigilance Commission.
The idea was conceived by the state’s Administrative Reforms Commission led by former chief minister V.S. Achuthanandan. The LDF’s election manifesto had also promised about setting up an SVC. But no serious efforts were subsequently made to implement it.
Sources said that the government may consider SVC as an option to justify posting an ADGP-rank officer as the vigilance director. Once the SVC is formed, the activities of the vigilance department would come under its control and hence there is no need to keep a DGP-rank officer to head it. This could be also cited as a reason by the state for seeking a cadre review by the Centre and make any other post of DGP a cadre post, instead of that of the Vigilance director.
The state administrative reforms commission had suggested a 3-member panel headed by a serving or retired HC judge and a former chief secretary or additional chief secretary as one member or a DGP or ADGP rank officer as another.