Programmes that were held across Jammu and Kashmir in connection with the “Vigilance Awareness Week” created awareness about the role of people in curbing the menace of corruption prevalent in the society.
While inaugurating the event J&K Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha made it amply clear that the corrupt won’t be spared.
He reiterated the resolve of his government to build corruption free Jammu and Kashmir and reminded the people that they are the most powerful weapon against corruption and without them it cannot be wiped out from society.
During the past three the anti-graft agencies i.e. the Anti Corruption Bureau and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) have acted tough against the officials and others who have been found involved in the corrupt practices.
Many big fishes have been caught and a clear message has been sent that illegal gratification won’t be tolerated.
Zero tolerance against corruption on the ground has brought transparency in governance and is ensuring benefits of good governance reach the last person in the queue without any discrimination.
The anti-graft agencies too are encouraging people to come forward with the complaints and the genuine complaints are being acted upon swiftly.
The pro-active role being played by the ACB and the CBI have led to the government officials taking their jobs seriously. The employees don’t want to take any chances nor do they want to end up in a precarious situation.
The technological interventions like BEAMS, DBT, Empowerment App, online Revenue Services, etc. have made the system accountable, transparent and corruption free. The payments are being transferred directly to the vendors without any intermediaries.
Besides monetary corruption there are other non-monetary corruptions like food adulteration, spurious medicines, black marketing and the steps need to be taken to curb this form of corruption also.
The government is emphasizing on the need to maintain integrity, transparency, accountability and justice at all levels while implementing government schemes so that people do not face any inconvenience.
The need of the hour is to inculcate moral, ethical values so that newer generations can imbibe values of integrity and lay a strong foundation of corruption free society.
The government departments and the anti-graft agencies have to work in close coordination to fight the menace of corruption that has turned into a monster.
The corruption cannot be defeated without the active involvement of the government employees and the people.
The ‘Vigilance Awareness Week’ provided an opportunity to everyone to renew the pledge to put a last nail in the coffin of corruption.