The government will neither register vigilance cases against its political foes on the basis of anonymous letters, nor use the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (VACB) as a weapon for wreaking vengeance on them, Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan has said.
Replying to questions in the Assembly on Monday, Mr. Radhakrishnan said that 52 vigilance cases were registered between 2001 and 2006 by the UDF government against the 689 cases registered during the tenure of the previous LDF government. In reply to another question, Mr. Radhakrishnan said that the UDF government has so far registered 114 vigilance cases. The previous government had denied permission for trial on 10 vigilance cases. The government had decided to repeal seven vigilance cases. Reformation of the Vigilance wing is on the anvil. Cases have been registered for violating home stay norms. Cases have been registered against five persons in Thiruvananthapuram and Mount View home stay in Idukki, he said.
The Minister said that 39 cyber crime cases were registered during the past five years. As many as 27 accused have been identified in the murder of RMP leader T. P. Chandrasekharan and 17 of them have been arrested till June 5.
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said that officers who protect the interest of the State will not be made a scapegoat. One village will be formed in each panchayat. If one panchayat has more than one village, the office will not be wound up. The High Court has initiated the proceedings for setting up 30 gram nyayalayas in the State. As many as 35,929 road accidents occurred during the past one year. As many as 4,115 persons died and 41,763 persons were injured in the accidents. In order to promote excellence in governance awards will be given to government employees. A Centre for Good Governance will be set up at the Institute for Management in Governance, he said.
Finance Minister K.M. Mani said that e-stamping will be introduced soon.