Conviction in Vigilance Cases touches 46% in 2014: Naveen

Bhubaneswar, Oct 28: Claiming that its Special Court Act has been yielding satisfactory results, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has commended the state vigilance department. He said that the conviction rate in the corruption cases has reached a record 46 per cent this year.

While addressing a function on the occasion of vigilance awareness week here on Monday, Patnaik said, "During the past 5 years, 503 public servants have been convicted by Vigilance Courts and 137 public servants have been dismissed from service on grounds of corruption, which is a major step towards cleansing public life".

He said that the government has established as many as 15 Special Vigilance Courts in the state for expeditious trial of corruption related cases. "The role of responsive, well informed, and vigilant citizens in fighting the menace of corruption is paramount, and this week gives us an occasion to raise the awareness among people", he said.

"Odisha is the first state in the country to enact the Special Courts Act towards achieving probity. The endeavour of the government had received nation-wide recognition as the state governments of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan have enacted legislations on the line of the Odisha Special Courts Act," Patnaik pointed out.

The government has established two special courts in twin city of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack to deal with the corruption cases. "So far, 176 cases of corruption had been transferred to these Special Courts for expeditious trial and 20 accused persons holding high public offices have been convicted," said the Chief Minister.

The state government has also initiated several e-governance projects in order to have greater transparency in government services and convenience to the people.

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