Vigilance Awareness Week 2018
Observance of Vigilance Awareness Week every year is part of the multi-pronged approach of the Commission where a key strategy is to encourage all stakeholders to collectively participate in the prevention of, and the fight against corruption and to raise public awareness regarding the existence, causes, and gravity of and the threat posed by corruption.
This year the Vigilance Awareness Week is being observed from 29th October to 3rd November 2018 with the theme “Eradicate Corruption – Build a New India” (“भ्रष्टाचार मिटाओ – नया भारत बनाओ”)
Corruption can be defined as dishonest or unethical conduct by a person entrusted with a position of authority, either to obtain a benefit to oneself or to some other person. It is a global phenomenon, affecting all strata of society in some way or the other. Corruption undermines political development, democracy, economic development, the environment, people’s health and much more. It is, therefore, imperative that the public is sensitized and motivated towards efforts for weeding out corruption.
E-governance and systemic changes in procedures, minimal discretion, reduced public interface, technology-based procurement, and automation will go a long way in reducing corruption. The Commission has, therefore, been advising all organizations/ departments to identify and implement effective preventive measures to fight corruption and to enhance transparency and accountability in their functioning.
The purpose of Vigilance Awareness Week is to generate awareness in the public at large about the ill effects of corruption.