Bhubaneswar: Maintaining that the State Government is committed is firmly committed to make the public services free from corruption, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday said that the Government will set up State Vigilance Academy in Bhubaneswar for upgrading the professional knowledge and skills of the Vigilance officers.
Replying to the discussion on Demand of Grants for the Departments under his charge in the State Assembly today, Patnaik said, “The State Government is firmly committed to make the public services free from corruption. Hence, the State Government has decided to set up State Vigilance Academy in Bhubaneswar for upgrading the professional knowledge and skills of the Vigilance officers.”
The Chief Minister further said that the State Vigilance during the year 2017 and till March 31, 2018, has registered 603 criminal cases and has also initiated 765 enquries against the public servants. At least 270 persons have been arrested in Vigilance cases and 44 public servants have been dismissed from Government service.
The CM said the law and order situation in the State has by and large remained peaceful and the intelligence based operations have yielded significant results in 2018 with neutralisation of five hardcore cadres and 12 arrests.
Patnaik informed that the Government has placed emphasis on strengthening the capacity of the Police by upgrading operational capability and providing requisite human resource and infrastructure.
“Permission for filling up of 3944 vacancies in various ranks in Police has been accorded along with creation of 444 posts in different ranks during the year 2017. To strengthen the jail administration, CCTV and video conferencing facilities have been installed in 62 Jails, Jammers in 7 important Jails and baggage scanners in 5 Jails. In a major development 192 Assistant Public Prosecutors have been recruited to strengthen the State Prosecution Service. The Standing Committee’s recommendation for initiating appropriate measures to increase the conviction rate is a welcome one,” informed the CM.