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Free hand to ACB to deal with corruption
nobody, however influential he might be, CM tells ACB
Chief Minister Dr.Y.S Rajasekhara Reddy has
assured the Anti-Corruption Bureau that there would be absolutely no
political interference in its efforts to curb corruption, which has become
a bane for the society.
“I am giving you a free hand to deal firmly with corrupt officials. Don’t
spare anyone, however influential and mighty they might be. You continue
with your good work of conducting raids and trappings on corrupt
officials,” the Chief Minister told ACB Director General and other top
officials of the department at a review meeting on Sunday.
Stating that corruption by a few individuals has been tarnishing the image
of the state government, Dr Reddy said he was very much disturbed over the
reports that corruption was high in some quarters. “Our government has
taken up several welfare and developmental programmes. While I can proudly
say that our official machinery is, by and large, efficient, energetic and
service-oriented, a few officials indulging in corrupt practices have
spoiled the good work done by the government to an extent, giving scope to
the Opposition parties making politically-motivated and baseless
allegations about large-scale corruption”, he said.
The Chief Minister said he had commissioned a survey by an independent
agency on corruption in some key sectors. He had ordered for a further
inquiry into the report submitted by the agency. Once it is confirmed, the
report will be handed over to the ACB for further action.
The Chief Minister complimented the ACB officials for the continuous traps
and raids and booking of cases even during the elections and asked them to
continue the same if needed more vigorously. He recalled that Andhra
Pradesh was declared as one of the State with least corruption by a World
recognised Organisation--The Transparency International.
The ACB director general informed the Chief Minister that the number of
traps laid and disproportionate assets cases booked registered a
significant increase during 2004-08 compared to 1995-99 and 2000-04. The
ACB achieved higher conviction rate in 2008 compared to earlier periods.
The number of trap cases booked during the five year (1995-99) was 575 as
against 925 cases booked during the last five years, i.e. from 2004-08.
The average number of trap cases booked per year works out to 115 and 185
during 1995 to 1999 and 2004 to 2008 respectively.
The percentage of convictions secured in Courts has improved radically
during 2004-08 compared to 1995-99 and 2000-2004. The number of persons
convicted during 2004-08 was 566 as against a total of 110 persons
convicted during the five years period, i.e. 1995-99 and 185 persons
during 2000-04. The percentage of convictions secured rose from 47.45%
during 2000-04, to 65.92% in 2008.
The ACB in Andhra Pradesh undertakes highest number of Disproportionate
Assets cases compared to all other neighbouring States like Maharashtra,
Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Similarly its performance in trap cases
also is very impressive compared to neighbouring States.
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