Gandhinagar: Gujarat Home Minister Pradipsinh Jadeja had on Friday said that more searches and raids similar to that conducted at the Balram Bhavan office of Gujarat Land Development Corporation (GLDC) in Gandhinagar sector 10 will be conducted in future to ensure that corruption in government institutes are nipped in the bud itself.

Jadeja said that the conviction rate by the state Anti-Corruption Bureau in the last five years has increased from 26 percent to 39 percent. The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) will have two public prosecutors assigned to them to argue cases against government officials caught indulging in corruption. A legal support staff will be provided by the court to help the prosecutors in the cases relating to corruption. Retired police officials of inspector level would be a part of this group.

The state home minister further informed that a committee comprising of three secretaries headed by the additional chief secretary to home ministry will be formed to clear the pending applications of the anti-corruption bureau asking for permission to launch investigations against certain class one officers indulging in corrupt practices.

He said, “A special unit will be formed to investigate into matters of benami properties and disproportionate assets hoarded by government employees and officials. Every department will have one vigilance officer who will work in coordination with the ACB to ensure that no corrupt practice takes place in the government offices. The FSL will be equipped with latest technological advancements to help crack the cases”

Jadeja added that in the first three months of 2018, other than the GLDC, there are eight cases of corruption filed in departments of the panchayat, home, finance and urban development against one class 1 officer, three class 2 official, ten class 3 officials, and 17 other people.