Railway Vigilance Organization in its present form has largely come about as a result of the recommendations of Railway Corruption Inquiry Committee (1955) under the Chairmanship of late Acharya J.B. Kripalani, Santhanam Committee (1964) and Administrative Reforms Commission (1970) and subsequent reviews from time to time.
Presently, Central Vigilance Commission set-up in February, 1964 as a result of Santhanam Committee's recommendation is in-charge of superintendence of Vigilance in all Central Govt. departments.
Principal Executive Director (Vigilance) is also the Chief Vigilance Officer of the Ministry of Railways and reports to CVC.
The Vigilance Directorate reports to Chairman, Railway Board, who is the functional Member in-charge of Vigilance.