The Government on Friday cut the budget of the Central Vigilance Commission by about Rs 1.5 crore to nearly Rs 19 crore for meeting its establishment-related expenditure and those of the proposed anti-corruption body, Lokpal.

The budgetary provisions given to the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) for Vigilance is Rs 18.61 crore for 2012-13 as against Rs 20.10 crore in the current fiscal ending March 31.

Incidentally, the amount allocated for 2011-12 was to meet expenditures of the CVC, which acts as the government’s nodal agency to check corruption in the country and ensuring transparency.

However, government has also made a token provision for Lokpal in the budgetary allocation for vigilance activities.

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