SECUNDERABAD: The “Vigilance Awareness Week – 2017” being observed by South Central Railway from 30th October to 4th November, 2017 got off to a start with a seminar on the theme for current year’s Vigilance Awareness Week “My Vision – Corruption Free India” at Rail Nilayam Auditorium, Secunderabad on 30.10.2017.
P.Sharath Kumar, Advisor to the AP & Telangana Police graced the occasion as Chief Guest while Vinod Kumar Yadav, General Manager, South Central Railway presided over the function. John Thomas, Additional General Manager, Senior Officers and staff were present in large numbers.
Addressing the seminar, P Sharath Kumar opined that corruption is basically a demand – supply link and the supply side is vital to negate corruption. Ethicality plays an important role in the fight against corruption. He advocated that private sector corruption which basically relates to the supply side, should also be brought under the purview of vigilance commission for more effective monitoring of corruption.
Sharath Kumar also stressed on the use of technology towards vigilance and identification of fraudulent and corrupt practices, and added that this has enabled block over two lakh shell companies, in the recent times.
Acknowledging the relevance of the current years theme of “My Vision – Corruption Free India”, the speaker said that corruption is akin to Brahma Padardh, the mythological term for God’s creation which is invisible, Sharath Kumar also gave a detailed presentation on methods employed by the various agencies to increase their business at the cost of their Customers’ hard earned money.
He cautioned the audience to make it a habit to ensure that they get quality of service they pay for. He also released a Vigilance Bulletin of South Central Railway, brought out on the occasion.
Vinod Kumar Yadav, General Manager, South Central Railway, presiding over the function, stated that steps like e-procurement, e-auction, e-tendering, e-payments have resulted in eliminating complaints. He added that the South Central Railway has introduced CCTV surveillance in areas like Departmental examinations, Parcel Offices and Station cleanliness etc., to have transparency. The General Manager highlighted that, apart from the technological initiatives, the Railway has been working for dissemination of information through the Official website to benefit the stakeholders viz., Passengers, Freight-loaders, Contractors and Suppliers.
John Thomas, Additional General Manager cautioned against corrupt practices which reduce the quality of service resulting in making the organization economically unviable in the long run. He stated that the Vigilance Awareness Week helps in generating awareness about corruption and provides an opportunity to explore ways to improve transparency and eradicate corruption.
Ashesh Agrawal, Senior Deputy General Manager & Chief Vigilance Officer of South Central Railway welcomed the gathering and gave an account of the activities of the Vigilance department during the year. He stated that the Vigilance team of South Central Railway is conducting over 1300 preventive Vigilance Checks. He also informed that Vigilance department is creating awareness among the employees through seminars and personal interactions. He hoped that these measures will bring down corruption at grass root level to move towards a Corrupt Fee India.