Bhubaneswar, November 29: Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra on Monday graced the State-level conference of the Chief Vigilance Officers (CVOs) in the State Vigilance Academy in the presence of DGP Abhay and Vigilance Director Yoswant Jethwa.
Addressing the CVOs conference, Mohapatra said, “CVOs have a very critical role in preventing and combating the corruption from public offices.”
Emphasising upon the preventive vigilance, the Chief Secretary advised to simplify the official procedures so that all government transactions could be made most transparent thereby preventing the chances of corruptive dealing. He said the preventive- vigilance juxtaposed with punitive-vigilance would weed out corruption from public offices.
Mohapatra said that the State Government has laid much emphasis on transparent and time bound execution of the developmental projects and delivery of the services.
CVOs were appointed in all 41 departments, 85 head of offices and 33 PSUs to keep vigil over the projects and programmes being implemented through respective offices, said Mohapatra.
Maintaining that the Mo Sarkar approach of Government is an effective step towards prevention of corruption, Mohapatra said that more than 130 officers were given compulsory retirement through these anti corruptive techniques.
The conference was conducted in three sittings including the inaugural session.
Experts like former DGP Gopal Chandra Nanda, Vigilance IG Sanjaya Kumar Kaushal, Dr Prof Pravas Rajan Sahoo of IIT, Bhubaneswar, and Somnath Hansda from NALCO Corporate office spoke on the topics like changing structure and functions of CVO system, role of CVOs in promoting whistle lowing culture, and application of technology in combating corruption. The conference ended with an interactive session among experts and operating CVOs.
On this occasion, Mohapatra also dedicated Auditorium of the Academy in name of late Dr Debasis Panigrahi, former Vigilance Director.
Vigilance IG Asit Panigrahi presented the vote of thanks at the inaugural session.