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Vigilance Academy to come up in Odisha capital soon

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Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government will soon set up a State Vigilance Academy in Bhubaneswar in order to groom and sharpen professional acumen of vigilance officers.

This was announced by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik while attending the State-level Vigilance Awareness Week programme here.

“My government has taken a series of measures to improve the investigative capacity and the prosecution system of the State Vigilance. A State Vigilance Academy is also coming up at Bhubaneswar to upgrade the knowledge and skills of vigilance officers,” Naveen told while addressing at the event.

The Chief Minister also praised the Vigilance officers as the State Vigilance recorded around 51 per cent conviction rate in ten months of the current year, which is four per cent higher than the conviction rate during the last two years.

In the programme, State Vigilance Director Debashis Panigrahi disclosed data, including number of cases and arrested public servants during the period.

According to him, the State Vigilance has registered 287 criminal cases against 413 persons, including 37 Class-I officers, 33 Class-II officers, 238 Class-III employees till October 31, 2018.

Out of the registered 287 cases, 55 cases were registered against 57 public servants and 23 private persons for acquisition of disproportionate assets amounting to Rs 57.26 crore.

Similarly, 148 trap cases were instituted against 155 public servants for demand and acceptance of bribe amounting to Rs 12.71 lakhs. A total of 197 persons, including 22 class-I officers and 16 class-II officers, have been arrested.

Besides, the Vigilance data shows as many as 23 public servants, including two class-I officers, were dismissed from government service following their conviction.

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