To improve the investigation skills and to prevent corruption charges, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) would conduct a training programme designed for chief vigilance officers and vigilance officers of all government departments.
Giving the annual report of the ACB here on Wednesday, the additional director general of police AK Khan said that special training courses have been started recently to equip the investigation officers with latest technical gadgets and law and order procedures. Besides, a training programme designed for chief vigilance officers and vigilance officers of all government departments is being started shortly. A team of officers headed by an officer of the rank of DIG had been deputed to CBI Academy in this connection for designing various training courses in this regard.
The ACB is a specialized agency tackling corruption in various departments of the government against public servants and also private persons, has registered 468 cases against corrupt government officers in 2013 as against 184 in 2012.
As many as 647 persons, including 366 gazetted officers, 241 non-gazetted officers and 50 corporation employees/private persons were involved.
The Bureau has been able to secure convictions in a large number of cases in all the special courts for ACB cases. ‘’Technical gadgets are being used in the bureau for collecting source information as well as utilising them for investigation of the cases. Latest technical gadgets are being procured. The bureau will keep a close watch/surveillance on the activities of the employees in all government departments indulging in corruption. The Bureau will not spare corrupt employees irrespective of their cadre, Khan warned.
As a part of public awareness campaign, the Bureau is exhibiting short films and slides in cinemas and TV channels. The public are requested to utilise the services of the ACB and contact the phone numbers of DSPs for redressal of their grievances. If any state government employee or employee of state government undertaking/ corporation demands illegal gratification for showing official favour public may also inform the Bureau on toll free number 155361.
Disposal of Cases: The Bureau has been able to secure convictions in a large number of cases in all the Special Courts for ACB Cases. During the year 2013, 41 cases ended in conviction out of 97 cases. Steps are initiated to improve the percentage of convictions.
Likewise, the Bureau was able to secure punishments in 73 cases/enquiries out of 127 cases/enquiries conducted by Tribunal for Disciplinary Proceedings, Commissioner of Inquiries and Departmental Enquiries.
Dismissals: The government issued dismissal orders against 45 accused officers based on the convictions by trial courts and recommendation of Tribunal for Disciplinary Proceedings.