Home Minister launches social media pages of VACB

Kerala would soon get a State Vigilance Commission, Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala said here on Monday.

Launching the social media pages of the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (VACB) here, Mr. Chennithala said the draft bill for forming the State Vigilance Commission (SVC) on the lines of the Central Vigilance Commission was almost ready. Formation of the SVC would go a long way in checking corruption in various decision-making processes, he said.

The government, the Home Minister said, had requested the Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court to constitute a special Bench to handle Vigilance cases. On its part, the government proposed to form two more vigilance courts in the State. Mr. Chennithala said he had given full freedom to the VACB and made it clear that there would not be any political interference in its functioning.

The government would also work out ways to ensure that officials who retired from service did not have to bear the brunt of vigilance cases.

Appropriate changes would be brought about in the relevant laws to ensure that all such cases were disposed of within three months of the retirement of the persons concerned.

Mr. Chennithala launched the social media pages by accepting a complaint. Citizens can now reach out to the VACB with their complaints about instances of corruption through SMS or using social networking sites such as WhatsApp Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube.

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