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State Vigilance Academy Soon


Odisha will have a Vigilance Academy to upgrade the knowledge of  Sleuths engaged in anti-Corruption drives on a continuous basis so as to retain their professional edge.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik while addressing a ceremony organized in the Vigilance Awareness Week, revealed that  State Vigilance Academy will be set up in the State Capital soon.
Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi, Director Vigilance Debasish Panigrahi and other senior officials were present.
Mr.Patnaik said that anti-corruption and transparency are the two key elements to ensure probity and accountability in public sphere.
He appealed the people of the state to join the fight against corruption and build a better society.
"It has also been the firm resolve of the State Government to eradicate corruption in implementation of welfare and development schemes," he said.
Chief Minister pointed out that there has been a four per cent rise in the conviction rate of vigilance cases in the first 10 months of this calendar year, compared to the previous two years.
 "My government has taken a series of measures to  improve the investigative capacity and the prosecution system of the state vigilance, he said.
As per the annual report, the Vigilance Directorate has recorded 51 per cent conviction rate within first 10 months this year which is nearly 4 per cent higher than the rate of conviction in the past two years.
Mr.Patnaik congratulated the Vigilance Authorities for its efforts to combat corruption.
Official sources said the State Vigilance has registered 287 criminal cases against 413 persons, including 37 Class-I officers, 33 Class-II officers and 238 Class-III employees till October 31, 2018.
Of the 287 cases registered, 55 cases were made against 57 Public Servants and 23 persons for acquisition of Disproportionate Assets (DA) amounting to Rs 57.26 crore.They also said that the Vigilance Academy is likely to come up in the next six months.
The highest-ever total assets seized by the Vigilance Directorate in a single disproportionate asset case was of Rs 7 crore which was also registered this year.
The Vgilance Sleuths also made 148 trap cases against 155 Public servants for demand and acceptance of bribe amounting to Rs 12.71 lakhs.
 


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