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Odisha to set up State Vigilance Academy

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.

 

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