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Record 46% conviction in vigilance cases this year in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, October 27: Claiming that the pioneering efforts of the State Government in dealing with corruption related cases of public servants have received nation-wide attention, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday said that the conviction percentage in vigilance cases has reached a record 46 per cent this year in the State.
“The Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan Governments have enacted a similar legislation in their States in the line of the Odisha Special Courts Act. Odisha is the first State in the country to enact such act for quick disposal of corruption cases against the persons holding high political and public office,” said the Chief Minister here at the celebration of Vigilance week.

The Chief Minister said under this Act, two special courts have been established at Bhubaneswar and Cuttack, while 176 cases of corruption have been transferred to the special courts for expeditious trial and 20 accused persons holding high public offices have been convicted so far.

Patnaik informed that fully functional Vigilance Unit offices have been made operational in each district including a new Vigilance Division in the tribal district of Koraput while as many as 15 Special Vigilance Courts spread throughout the State have been established for expeditious trial of corruption related cases.
In last five years, 503 public servants have been convicted by the Vigilance Courts while 137 public servants have been dismissed from service on grounds of corruption.

Appreciating the Central Vigilance Commission’s theme ‘Combating corruption-technology as an enabler’ for the week Patnaik said online portal ‘Odisha online’ has been introduced to provide public services to facilitate on-line payment of electricity bills, water bills etc.

“Other services like payment of holding tax, trade licence and issue of birth and death certificates will soon be available through this online portal,” said Patnaik. 

Vigilance Director KB Singh, local MP Prasanna Patasani and Chief Secretary GC Pati also spoke on the occasion.

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