Preventive & Punitive Vigilance Key To Checking Corruption: Chief Secretary

Bhubaneswar: Emphasizing upon preventive vigilance, Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra today advised to simplify the official procedures so that all government transactions could be made most transparent.

Addressing the Chief Vigilance Officers (CVOs) conference at the State Vigilance academy here on Monday, Mahapatra said, transparency would prevent the chances of corruptive dealing. He said the preventive-vigilance juxtaposed with punitive-vigilance would weed out corruption from public offices.

Mahapatra added that State Government laid much emphasis on transparent and time bound execution of the developmental projects and delivery of the services. CVOs were appointed in all 41 departments, 85 head of offices and 33 PSUs to keep vigil over the projects and programmes being implemented through respective offices.

The Mo Sarkar approach of Government rolled out under the leadership of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is an effective step towards prevention of corruption. “People’s feedback is being regularly collected by senior officers and Ministers through Mo Sarkar,” he added.

Besides, the Government also introduced the system for assessment of the performance of officers above 50 years of age for scrutinizing their efficiency and ability for public service. More than 130 officers were given compulsory retirement through these anti corruptive techniques.

Director Vigilance, YK Jethwa presented the welcome address and Inspector General Asit Panigrahi presented the vote of thanks at the inaugural session. The conference ended with an interactive session among experts and operating CVOs.

The conference was conducted in three sittings including the inaugural session. Former DGP Gopal Chandra Nanda, IG Vigilance, Sanjaya Kumar Kaushal, Dr Prof Pravas Rajan Sahoo of IIT, Bhubaneswar, and Somnath Hansda from NALCO Corporate office spoke on the topics like Changing structure and functions of CVO system, role of CVOs in promoting whistle lowing culture, and application of technology in combating corruption.