January 16, 2010 12:49:14 am
In a move to crackdown on corruption,the state government is planning to set up vigilance cells in government departments and draw up a list of corrupt officials.
Home Minister R R Patil,who held a meeting with senior home department officials on Friday to review the working of the anti-corruption bureau (ACB),called for the setting up of vigilance cells. Maintaining that a circular regarding internal vigilance mechanisms in the Mantralaya had been issued way back on March 14,1972,Patil told all secretaries to send a list of corrupt officials to the Chief Minister or the minister concerned. Patil would call a meeting of all secretaries for setting up of the internal vigilance mechanism soon.
He said vacant posts in the ACB would be filled and the department given modern equipment. Patil asked ACB officials to go to government offices to seek information about their functioning and the various licences issued by them to detect any corruption. He said a list of private lawyers would be prepared to deal with pending ACB cases.
Patil,who also chaired a meeting on police modernisation,asked for internet facilities at all police stations and AK-47 rifles for police personnel in Mumbai and other major cities. He also asked for necessary equipment to be purchased by March 31 from the police modernisation funds allocated by the Centre and state governments. The Centre and state have together pooled in Rs 294 crore and the state has set aside Rs 200 crore for police modernisation.
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Of the Rs 294-crore fund,administrative approvals have been secured for expenditure to the tune of Rs 228 crore and orders issued for works worth Rs 54 crore. The technical committee is considering works to the tune of Rs 137 crore. Patil asked for utilisation of the rest of the funds by March 31 by providing equipment to police.
Mumbai police commissionerate has been allocated Rs 92 crore,to be spent on the bomb squad,quick response teams and transport and communication facilities.
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