NEW DELHI: The Enforcement Directorate is facing an acute manpower crunch as it continues to operate at 44% of its approved strength, impacting critical operations at the investigating officers' level which has as many as 319 posts vacant.A recent note prepared by the agency and shared with the Central Vigilance Commission and the government shows that out of a total approved strength of 2,064, the agency currently has a working strength of only 864, with 1,168, or 56% of the sanctioned posts vacant.The shortage of officers is more at the critical level of deputy directors, assistant directors and enforcement officers who are also the investigating officers (IOs) in all Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) and Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) cases registered by the agency.At this level the agency is operating at less than 58% of the approved strength, with 42% posts vacant. Out of a total sanctioned posts of 750 in these three categories, the current working strength is only 431, with 319 posts vacant across India in different zones.The agency has brought to the notice of the government how even at the supervisory level, the strength is depleting with only 25 posts occupied out of a sanctioned strength of 43. A majority of the cases comprise of those registered between 2011 and 2013. Most of the unaccounted money belonged to politicians, industrialists and corrupt bureaucrats. A jeweller in Mumbai was caught having laundered more than Rs 1,500 crore out of the country using over 300 shell companies that had accounts in government banks.

Source:   Times of India
December 07, 2017 14:26 UTC