Bhubaneswar, August 11: The Odisha Vigilance celebrated its Diamond Jubilee here today. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik was delighted to be present at the closing ceremony of the Diamond Jubilee Celebration of Odisha Vigilance. He commended the performance of the Directorate of Vigilance as a professional organization and conveyed his hearty congratulations to all the members of Odisha Vigilance on this landmark occasion.
The Vigilance Organisation has come a long way since its inception in the present form in 1957 and has emerged as a leading anti corruption agency of the country. The quality investigation by the vigilance officers followed by meticulous prosecution by the vigilance prosecution system has led to a consistently high rate of conviction in vigilance cases, thereby creating a deterrent effect.
The enactment of Odisha Special Courts Act, 2006 to deal with corruption in high places has been a pioneering legislation of its kind in the country. The Special Courts are mandated to try disproportionate asset cases against persons holding high public offices so as to ensure quick trial and conviction as well as pre-trial confiscation of the disproportionate assets that are proceeds of corruption.
The State Vigilance during its untiring journey over the last six decades has grown from strength to strength and has achieved many significant milestones. It is heartening to note that in 2016, it instituted the highest ever number of criminal cases and enquiries.
The Government has a zero tolerance policy towards corruption and has put transparent structures, processes and procedures in place to curb corruption in all spheres of public life. Recently, I had outlined three Ts namely, Teamwork, Transparency & Technology, as the basic constituents for ensuring citizen-centric governance. The State Vigilance has played a key role in taking action against those found to be involved in corrupt practices in connection with implementation of the Rural Housing Schemes and the special drive in this regard has made a perceptible impact on the field formations.
The Government is also taking steps to put in place a preventive vigilance mechanism at the Block and District level with a key role of Odisha Vigilance under the oversight of a High Powered Committee headed by the Chief Secretary. The Government is also taking steps to put in place an effective internal vigilance mechanism in every Government Department and state run Public Sector Units by revamping the CVO system.
The Government is also keen to leverage the use of information technology and social media in curbing corruption. The State Vigilance have extended its public interface and feedback system through its toll free numbers, email, website and social media platforms like facebook and twitter so that people can easily lodge complaints and grievances relating to corruption.
The Chief Minister hopes that the State Vigilance will continue and intensify its public outreach programmes to enlist the cooperation of the people and support of the community infighting corruption.
To mark the Diamond Jubilee year, the Government has instituted a Diamond Jubilee Commemorative medal and a formation sign for the State Vigilance personnel with a view to enhance their morale, motivation and professional pride. The Chief Minister exhorted upon the vigilance officers to be progressive and innovative and continuously upgrade their knowledge and skills to intensify their anti-corruption efforts.