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Friday, October 29, 2010

                Though 1981 cases were registered against as many as 3824 Govt. employees and private persons on charges of corruption in the last 5 years, only 282 cases ended in conviction. The vigilance wing of Odisha Govt. made the data public at a function on vigilance awareness period here on Thursday.
                The convicted persons included 17 Class – I , 46 Class – II, 274 Class – III, 8 Class – IV Govt. employees , 16 other public servants and 27 private persons. “The percentage of conviction in this period was 41%. This is much higher than the national average,”  Vigilance Director Anup Kumkar Patnaik said.
                As many as 440 Class – I, 424 Class – II , 1742 Class – III, 60 Class – IV Govt. employees along with 338 other public servants and 820 private persons were brought to book under corruption charges in last five years.
                However, not a single IAS, IPS and IFS officer has been convicted by vigilance courts in the state so far. The State Vigilance till now has registered all together 82 cases against 37 IAS officers, 11 cases  against  IPS officers and 30 cases against 23 IFS officers.
                “The Vigilance Courts are functioning properly for prosecution and early disposal of case,” Patnaik said.
                Meanwhile, Vigilance registered 383 corruption cases against a number of Govt. employees and private persons in 2009. “This is the highest number of cases registered under Prevention of Corruption Act in the history of State Vigilance,” Patnaik informed.
                The Director of Anti-graft Bureau  further revealed that the State Vigilance has made a commendable achievement in providing vital inputs for formulation of national strategy. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik lauded  the efforts of vigilance officials in fighting the menace of corruption in state.” Three special Vigilance Courts at Keonjhar, Kandhmal and Kalahandi are going to be opened shortly apart from the present courts,” Naveen said. Chief Secretary B K Patnaik and  Chief Information Commissioner  D N Padhi also spoke on the occasion. Prizes were distributed to best Vigilance Division, Unit , Investigating Officer and Special Public Prosecutor of 2009.

Source: Times of India, Bhubaneswar, Date: 29.10.2010

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