Railways Minister calls for Stringent Fight against Corruption, flags off ‘Vigithon’

New Delhi: Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu called for a fight against corruption at the grass-root level while flagging-off a marathon in the city to sensitise people on the issue.

‘Vigithon: A run for corruption free India’ was organised by public sector lender, Union Bank of India. “A unique way in which financial institutions like the Union Bank of India can contribute to fighting corruption, could be through the deployment of people’s savings in development sectors which in turn can lead to increased wealth-earning opportunities and generate employment for the people,” a statement quoting Prabhu said.

“Initiatives like the Vigithon can go a long way in educating the people about several instances of corruption and empowering them with the means to fight the problem,” he added.

According to Prabhu, banks should also hold initiatives to fight against corruption “which should start at the grass-root levels”.

The event by Union Bank is an attempt at bringing in all stakeholders together on a common platform to create sensitisation against corruption. Union Bank of India CMD Arun Tiwari said that “the need for increased vigilance for detecting instances of corruption and fighting against them should start from the self”.

“We also plan to organise additional editions of this event across nine Union Bank of India Field General Manager’s offices and invite officials from law enforcement agencies like the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Anti-Corruption Bureau to enlighten the staff on several issues of corruption,” he added.

The run was organised as a precursor to the ‘Vigilance Awareness Week’, which is going to be observed from tomorrow till October 31.

Vigilance awareness week is observed every year since 2000 as per the guidelines of the Central Vigilance Commission. The objective of observing it is to reaffirm one’s commitment to fight corruption and as a result enabling good governance in the country.

Several school children, common people, customers and employees of the bank participated in Vigithon.

SCR to Observe Vigilance Awareness Week – 2015

The South Central Railway will observe Vigilance Awareness Week from October 26thto October 30th, 2015, as directed by the Central Vigilance Commission, New Delhi. This week is observed to coincide with the week in which the birthday (31st October) of Sardar Vallabhai Patel falls. Sardar Patel is credited with the setting up of administrative structure of Government of India post independence. The objective of the Vigilance Awareness Week is to bring about alertness amongst the public and government employees through participative and pro-active vigilance management, to bring down the menace of corruption to zero.

The theme for the current year’s Vigilance Awareness Week observance is “Preventive Vigilance as a Tool of Good Governance”.

The Vigilance wing of SCR will organize programmes during the week to cover Zonal Headquarters, six Divisions, three major Workshops and field units to create awareness against corruption /malpractices and to bring about system improvement through use of technology.

The Week will commence o­n Monday, i.e. 26th October, 2015 with employees of all units taking a Pledge in the forenoon o­n eradication of corruption in all spheres of public life. The Pledge will be administered by Sri Ravindra Gupta, General Manager/SCR at the Zonal headquarters and by the respective heads at other offices.

A special programme has been organized o­n 26th October, 2015 afternoon in Rail Nilayam premises which shall be attended by the General Manager, Principal Heads of departments, Senior Officers, and Supervisors. Prof. (Dr.) Faizan Mustafa, Vice-Chancellor, Nalsar University of Law, Hyderabad would be the Chief Guest. Apart from delivering the keynote address, Prof. (Dr.) Mustafa would interact with the audience.

Programmes such as Quiz Contests, Skits, Presentation of case studies and Panel discussions are being organized throughout the week at Headquarters and Divisional offices. A special drive will be undertaken to generate public and staff awareness against corruption by launching campaign through posters and personal counseling by Vigilance Officials at important public and staff contact areas in the field.

With Central Vigilance Commission’s advice to the Indian Railways to additionally contribute towards ensuring a wider outreach for creating awareness o­n corruption and its effects amongst youth and students, programmes at Schools/Colleges in Secunderabad and Vijayawada are also being planned by organizing Guest lectures, Elocution and Panel discussions.

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