The Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB), across the state, has recorded a 90% increase in the number of cases between January 1 and May 31, 2014, compared to the corresponding period in 2013. A total of 494 cases have been recorded in the state in this period as compared to 281 last year. This includes ACB traps, disproportionate asset cases as well as other forms of corruption. The total amount of money seized from traps this year is Rs1.3 crore and cases through disproportionate assets is Rs62.49 crore.
Pravin Dixit, DG of ACB attributes this to the increase in awareness among the general public, in both urban and rural areas. "Our crackdowns have been strict over the last few months. We have initiated several drives such as SMS drives, meeting at taluka levels, interacting with the government employees etc," said Dixit.
The agency has also started a helpline system whereby each district has been allotted two toll-free numbers that can be used by complainants to alert officials. "We are also watchful of those organisations and departments from where we have received maximum complaints. We keep a tab of the goings-on of suspected officers through our technology and tracking mechanism by interacting with them and also with people who visit them," added Dixit.
With these drives, the agency claims that it has been receiving complaints from a number of other departments, including health, education and sports. "There has been at least 50-60% increase in the number of complaints we receive from each department. While police, revenue, land record and electricity are the departments from where we receive maximum complaints, awareness is being spread and more people are approaching from various other government agencies," said an officer from the ACB.
The police department has consistently been the most corrupt as the victims are more vulnerable as they face arrests. Besides, since the ACB has many police officers, the agency knows the potential areas of corruption, which makes it easier to do crackdowns. The conviction rate has also increased from 21% last year to 29% this year.
Total number of cases:
Traps - 624
Disproportionate assets - 50
Other corruption - 72