Hindustan Copper CVO shunted out early

Twesh Mishra New Delhi | Updated on March 19, 2019 Published on March 19, 2019

The Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) of the public sector Hindustan Copper Limited (HCL) has been prematurely repatriated to his parent cadre.

The Appointments Committee of Cabinet on March 8 took a decision to this effect.

The order said, “The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the proposal for premature repatriation of Naveen Kumar Singh, IRSS (95), CVO, Hindustan Copper Ltd, Kolkata to his parent cadre with immediate effect, with the condition of extended ‘cooling off’.”

Normally, officers are not allowed to be deputed outside their parent cadre for three years after completing tenure under the Central Staffing Scheme. The extended cooling offer period means that in addition , Singh will have to wait for the remainder of his tenure before taking up any new responsibilities outside his parent cadre.

Sources said that the action against Singh has been taken in line with on-going investigation against him.

Last October, the Ministry of Railways had referred a vigilance case against Singh pertaining to irregularities in auction of scraps. The CVC looked into the case where lapses on Singh’s part had been established. He was then the Deputy Chief Material Manager in Raipur. Sources said that the CVC had recommended ‘minor penalty proceedings’ against Singh in its communication to the Ministry of Mines.

The CVC is also insisted that he cannot continue as CVO of HCL.

Published on March 19, 2019
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