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

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