Use modern gadgets to curb corruption: Naveen

Bhubaneswar: The state government will put in place a preventive vigilance mechanism at block and district levels to curb corruption and ensure transparency in governance. Addressing diamond jubilee celebration of State Vigilance here Friday, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik advised the officers to use modern gadgets and technology to intensify the anti-corruption efforts.
Stating that his government has adopted a ‘zero tolerance policy’ towards corruption and put transparent structures and procedures in place to curb corruption in all spheres of public life, Patnaik said, “The government is taking steps to put in place a preventive vigilance mechanism at block and district levels with a key role of Orissa Vigilance.”
“The mechanism will be under the supervision of a high-powered committee headed by the Chief Secretary,” he added.
He further said that an internal vigilance mechanism in every government department and state public sector undertakings would also be put in place by revamping the chief vigilance officers’ (CVO) system.
Stating that focus of his government is on adopting 3T – Teamwork, Transparency and Technology – formula to ensure effective governance, Patnaik said that he was glad that the 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.
He further said the government has taken steps to leverage the use of information technology and praised State Vigilance for extending its public interface and feedback mechanism though its toll-free numbers, emails, website and social media platforms like facebook and twitter to help people lodge complaints and grievances relating to corruption easily.
Patnaik asked the vigilance officers to continuously upgrade their knowledge and skills and use modern gadgets and technology to intensify the anti-corruption efforts.
State Vigilance Director RP Sharma recalled and acknowledged the contribution made by the former directors and vigilance officers in building up the State Vigilance as a capable organisation. Five former directors of Vigilance and family members of 10 former vigilance directors were also felicitated by the Chief Minister.

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