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NAVI MUMBAI: Since its in­cep­tion in 2009, the Navi Mumbai’s anti- cor­rup­tion bureau ( ACB) has reg­is­tered 40 cases till Fe­bru­ary this year.

Of the 40 cases reg­is­tered, only one ac­cused ar­rested by them has been con­victed by the court till date.

Ac­cord­ing to data avail­able with the ACB, of the ac­cused tried in court, two were ac­quit­ted be­cause of lack of con­crete ev­i­dence to prove their in­volve­ment in the crime. NO. OF PLAINTS GOES UP As far as statis­tics with the ACB are con­cerned, the num­ber of com­plaints has gone up sig­nif­i­cantly in the past one year.

Peo­ple have been com­ing for­ward with more and more com­plaints against cor­rupt gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials in the satel­lite city.

The ACB reg­is­tered around 21 cases in 2014 as op­posed to 11

cases reg­is­tered in 2013. LOW CON­VIC­TION RATE In spite of the grow­ing num­ber of com­plaints, the con­vic­tion rate is very low.

Ac­cord­ing to Vivek Joshi, de puty su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice, ACB, Navi Mumbai, “The cases reg­is­tered by the anti- cor­rup­tion bureau are tried by the spe­cial courts and not by regular courts. The spe­cial courts do not have suf­fi­cient man­power, which de­lays the ju­di­cial pro­ce­dure.”

“How­ever, the sce­nario has im­proved in re­cent times,” added Joshi. CHANG­ING PER­CEP­TIONS A cou­ple of years ago, peo­ple would hes­i­tate to come for­ward and reg­is­ter a com­plaint, said Joshi.

“Our branch in Navi Mumbai was set up i n 2009. But no case was reg­is­tered that year. Like­wise, we reg­is­tered only 1 case in 2010,” he said.

Joshi has at­trib­uted this chang­ing per­cep­tion to the in­creased aware­ness among the peo­ple about the need to reg­is­ter cor­rup­tion- re­lated plaints with the ACB.

“We have un­der­taken var­i­ous ini­tia­tives such as con­duct­ing meet­ings with res­i­dents and even per­form­ing street plays at public places to edu- cate the masses about cor­rup­tion cases and how one can deal with them,” said Joshi.

“Be­sides this, we reg­u­larly visit gover nment of f i ces,” added Joshi.

“Re­cently, we have also started a helpline 1064 for peo­ple to reg­is­ter their com­plaints,” said Joshi.

An­other ACB of­fi­cial on con­di­tion of anonymity said that con­fi­den­tial­ity has helped the ACB gain the con­fi­dence of the peo­ple.

“We don’t re­veal the names of the com­plainants, which gives the com­plainant the con­fi­dence to reg­is­ter a com­plaint with us. This has in turn re­sulted in more and more peo­ple want­ing to reg­is­ter com­plaints as they feel that they can safely get cases reg­is­tered against se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials,” said the ACB of­fi­cial. CBD BELAPUR: The City and Industrial and Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (Cidco) on Thurs­day con­ducted the fourth draw to dis­trib­ute 140 plots to the air­port project- af­fected peo­ple i n Pushpak Na g ar un­der the 22.5% de­vel­oped land scheme.

The plan­ning agency has ac­quired 671 hectares from res­i­dents in 10 vil­lages for the up­com­ing in­ter­na­tional air­port project in Pan­vel.

The com­put­erised draw was held at Cidco Bha­van in CBD Belapur around 10.30am.

“The lot­tery was con­ducted for dis­tri­bu­tion of 140 plots in 34 blocks to air­port pro­jectaf f ected peo­ple i n Dapoli, Kopar, Kunde, Va­hal, Mang­har, Owala, Par­gaon, Par­gaon Dungi, Targhar, Ulwe, Vadghar and Va­hal vil­lages,” said Mo­han Ninawe, Cidco’s chief public re­la­tions of­fi­cer (PRO).

“Plots ad­mea­sur­ing 40 square me­tre to 6,870 square me­tre have been pro­vided to pro­jec­thit un­der the 22.5% de­vel­oped land scheme, which is a part of the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and re­set­tle­ment scheme,” added Cidco’s chief PRO.

Cidco had we­b­cast the en­tire process of the draw to en­sure trans­parency.

For the lucky draw, the plan­ning agency pro­cured a spe­cial soft­ware, which is cer­ti­fied by the Gov­ern­ment of In­dia I nter­face and I nfor ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy and is pro­tected by a se­cu­rity code.

A list com­pris­ing the names of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries was dis­played on the Cidco’s web­site and no­tice board.

De­tails such as t he plot num­ber and area will now be dis­patched to the deputy col­lec­tor (land ac­qui­si­tion).

In due course of time, the al­lot­ment let­ter will be is­sued to the project-af­fected peo­ple and the lease deed will be ex­e­cuted on the said plot.

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