Press Release
New Delhi , 17.11.2016

            The 22nd Conference of CBI & State ACBx/Vigilance Bureaux/EOWs was inaugurated in New Delhi today by Dr.Jitendra Singh, Minister of State (IC) Development of North Eastern Region, Minister of State PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Department of Atomic Energy & Department of Space. The police medals for meritorious service were also given away at the function. In his inaugural address, Dr. Jitendra Singh congratulated the award winners and lauded the dignity, independence and professional functioning of CBI. Besides congratulating CBI on the initiative of establishing a National Anti Corruption Citizen Support Centre which would provide a 24x7 Single Point of contact for citizens, the Minister said that corruption is a social concern and the society needs to discipline itself. For any evolving society, the objective should be incorruptability, he added.

            Speaking on the occasion, Director, CBI Shri Anil Sinha said that on account of increasing linkage between corruption and economic crimes, this conference has been opened to the Heads of Economic Offences Wings of State. He further said that the citizens of 21st century India want accountable governance and expect their complaints and inputs on corruption to receive prompt and effective response from agencies concerned. Therefore, a National Anti Corruption Citizen Support Centre for a 24x7 Single Point of contact for citizens is being deliberated upon in this Conference. After these deliberations, CBI hopes to give to the government a concrete proposal for establishing this Centre. This will be a landmark initiative in empowering citizens to fight corruption.

            Shri Anil Sinha further said that there is a need for information sharing and coordination amongst law enforcement agencies of the Centre and States. Individually, considerable information rests with the agencies but the challenge is to pool it together meaningfully leading to more effective law enforcement action. One Session of the conference would study this issue of enhancing cooperation amongst State and Central agencies by building protocols that take note of the concerns of each body.

            The conference would also discuss the legislative & regulatory gaps that have led to widespread growth of Ponzi schemes all across the country in which crores of innocent citizens have been cheated. CBI investigations into these scams have enabled us to identify the weaknesses in existing laws and regulations which have been exploited by the scamsters, he added. CBI has been actively engaged with the Government of India in bringing a new legislation to ban these illegal deposit taking schemes. The discussions with all States would go a long way in giving strength to the new legislation which may be introduced in the Parliament shortly. CBI has completed the ground work for setting up of three world class institutions, namely the International Centre for Excellence in Investigation, International Centre for Excellence in Forensic Science & a Centralised Technology Vertical. These Institutions are expected to come up in the near future & will enhance our investigative capacity in field of Human Resources, Forensics & Technology, he added.

            Shri R.K.Dutta, Special Director, CBI gave the Vote of Thanks.


List of CBI Officers who were awarded Police Medals on 17.11.2016