Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that administrative processes have to be transparent, responsible, accountable and answerable to the people for development. Inaugurating three-day long National Conference on Vigilance and Anti-Corruption on Tuesday evening, on the theme Vigilant India, Prosperous India, Mr Modi said, over the years, India has moved ahead with zero tolerance approach on corruption. He said, be it corruption, economic offences, Drugs, money laundering or terrorism and terror Funding, these are all related to each other.
The Prime Minister said, we have to jointly work against corruption with systemic checks, effective audits and capacity building and training. He said, fighting corruption is not the job of single agency but is a collective responsibility. Mr Modi said, there has to be synergy among all agencies as synergy and cooperative spirit is the need of the time.
The Prime Minister said, today it can be said with pride that the country has left the era of scams behind. He said, now the poor are directly getting its 100 per cent benefit through Direct Benefit Transfer, DBT. Mr Modi said, due to DBT alone more than 1 lakh 70 thousand crore rupees are being saved from going into wrong hands. He said, today, the trust of citizens in the government has increased. The Prime Minister said, many old laws have been abolished to reduce the undue pressure of the government and efforts are being made to make citizens’ life easier.
He said, in past decades, we have seen when a generation who have done corruption is not punished, other generations commits corruption with more power. Mr Modi said, due to this, it became part of political tradition in many states. He said, this corruption and dynasty of corruption from generation to generation makes the country hollow.
The Prime Minister appealed the countrymen to continue to strengthen India in the battle against corruption. Minister for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Dr Jitendra Singh also addressed the inaugural session.
The Central Bureau of Investigation organizes this National Conference coinciding with Vigilance Awareness Week’, which is observed in India every year from 27th October to 2nd November. Activities in this conference would be focused on Vigilance issues aimed at raising awareness and reaffirming India’s commitment to promotion of integrity and probity in public life through citizen participation.
The three day conference would discuss the Challenges in investigation in foreign jurisdictions, Preventive Vigilance as a Systemic Check against Corruption, Systemic improvements for financial inclusion and prevention of bank frauds, Effective Audit as an Engine of Growth, Latest amendments to the Prevention of Corruption Act as an impetus to the fight against corruption, Capacity Building and Training, Multi Agency Coordination-an enabler for faster and more effective Investigation, Emerging Trends in Economic Offences, Cyber Crimes and Transnational Organized Crime-measures to Control and Exchange of Best Practices among Criminal Investigative Agencies.
The Conference shall bring policy makers and practitioners on a common platform and will act as an enabler to combat corruption through systemic improvements and preventive vigilance measures, thereby ushering in good governance and accountable administration. This is a significant contributing factor for enabling ease of doing business in India.
The participants of the Conference include Heads of Anti-Corruption Bureaux, Vigilance Bureaux, Economic Offence Wings or CID from States and UTs, CVO’s, CBI officials and representatives from various Central agencies will also participate. The inaugural session was also attended by Chief Secretaries and DGsP of States and UTs.
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