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ANTI-GRAFT DRIVE: Citizens putting their signature at a campaign against corruption launched by Youth for Social Development in Berhampur on Monday.
ANTI-GRAFT DRIVE: Citizens putting their signature at a campaign against corruption launched by Youth for Social Development in Berhampur on Monday.

Staff Reporter

Vigilance Superintendent of Police flags off student rally to mark the occasion

BERHAMPUR: People are still reluctant to come out to provide information and feedback to the Vigilance Department for action against corruption, says P.S. Ranpise, Superintendent of Police, vigilance, for Berhampur division. This vigilance division is in-charge of ten southern districts of south Orissa.

Mr. Ranpise inaugurated a signature campaign initiated by members of Youth for Social Development (YSD) in front of the city tehsil office on Monday as part of the vigilance awareness week celebration. The YSD has also taken up a survey in the city to find out the nature and extent of corruption in day-to-day life.

In the morning an anti-corruption rally by school and college students was flagged off from Tata-Benz square by Mr. Ranpise.

Mr. Ranpise said only his department can never curb the menace of corruption unless people themselves stood up against it and helped out the vigilance department to trap the corrupt. According to him, people were still reluctant to complain about the corruption occurring around them even in a city like Berhampur.

He said they were now concentrating more on trap cases to catch corrupt officials red-handed as it creates a feeling of panic among the dishonest officials due to the publicity such cases garner. He urged people to come out and provide information so that more dishonest persons could be trapped. Although the prosecution rate was good in the Berhampur vigilance court yet Mr. Ranpise was of the opinion that prosecution rate would go up drastically if the delay in judgment of vigilance cases could get reduced. Owing to delayed court cases at times the witnesses were changing their version to the benefit of the culprits, he added.

Vigilance week

BHUBANESWAR: Pointing out that it did not spare persons holding high political and public offices, the vigilance wing of State police on Monday claimed that 81 class-I officers, including three IAS officers, were trapped in 2008.

As the celebration of the Vigilance Week was kick-started on Monday, the anti-corruption department said 86 government servants were arrested and forwarded to the court.

Moreover, the department said 47 class-II officers were found to be involved in the corruption cases. Of total 134 cases those were charge-sheeted, as many as 44 cases ended in conviction.

Inaugurating the State-level function, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said the State was poised for massive industrialisation and it was foremost duty of every public servant to remain non-corrupt.

Director General of Police (vigilance) Anup Patnaik said State vigilance had so far registered 85 cases against 32 IAS officers. Of these 85 cases, charge-sheets were filed in 17 cases against 10 IAS officers, he said.

Similarly, 11 cases were registered against seven IPS officers, of which charge-sheets were placed in 10 cases against six IPS officers, he said. For expeditious trials of vigilance cases, three more special judge vigilance courts would be opened each at Bhawanipatna, Phulbani and Keonjhar.

Meanwhile, State vigilance wing asked the general public to start lodging complaint against their higher-ups.

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