Vigilance Awareness Week 2020 | UPSC
Vigilance Awareness Week, 2020
WHY IN NEWS:
The Central Vigilance Commission observes the Vigilance Awareness Week from 27th October to 2nd November, 2020.
SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 2 : 4 : CVC : Importance of vigilant citizens
For PRELIMS it is important to understand the celebration and the key takeaways . Do not forget the theme .
For MAINS take a note on initiative . This will help you as a probationer . Let us dive in !
VIGILANCE AWARENESS WEEK 2020
- In 2020, the Vigilance Awareness Week is being observed from 27th October to 2nd November, 2020 .
- This theme was finalized after putting the suggestive themes on the website and obtaining the opinion of Chief Vigilance Officers.
- The Commission believes that corruption is a major hindrance to the progress of the nation.
- All sections of society need to be vigilant in order to uphold integrity in all aspects of our national life.
- The Commission desires that all organisations focus on internal (housekeeping) activities.
- This includes improvement of internal processes, time bound disposal of work and systemic improvements leveraging technology.
- Payment to outsourced workers
- House allotments
- Updation and digitization of assets including land records
- Condemnation of old furniture
- Weeding out old records following prescribed procedures/ extant rules .
GOOD GOVERNANCE MODEL
- Organisations have been advised to identify and implement systemic improvements within their organisations.
- They may then upload them on their organisation’s website in the public domain.
- This may be sent to the CVC in order to ensure wider dissemination of the systemic improvements and good governance measures.
- Preventive Vigilance module is the training curriculum for foundation training course of probationary officers of Banks and some other cadres such as scientists.
- The Mid- Career Training Programme for middle level officers of the organised Group A services under various Ministries.
- Visit to Institutes of Excellence, village visit etc.have been added to this week celebrations.
- All employees are requested to take the Integrity Pledge circulated by the Commission.
- All persons with whom the organization deals with such as vendors, suppliers, contractors, etc. are also requested to take the pledge.
THE COMMISSION HAS REQUESTED
- All Central Government Ministries / Organizations to conduct activities both within their organization, and outreach activities for public/citizens:
- Use organizational website for dissemination of employees/ customer oriented information and to make available avenues for redressal of grievances.
- Organisations to conduct various outreach activities for dissemination of anti-corruption message and stressing the necessity of vigilant India as essential for a prosperous India.
- Online modes to be extensively used.
- Extensive use of social media platforms, bulk SMS/E-mail, Whatsapp, electronic and print media etc. for spreading awareness.
NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON VIGILANCE AND ANTI CORRUPTION
- The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will inaugurate the National Conference on Vigilance and Anti-Corruption.
- The Inaugural Session of the Conference will be live streamed and available on the link .
- This is observed in India every year from 27th October to 2nd November.
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
- 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
- Exchange of Best Practices among Criminal Investigative Agencies.
- Activities in this conference would be focused on Vigilance issues aimed at raising awareness.
- This will also reaffirm India’s commitment to promotion of integrity and probity in public life through citizen participation.
- The Conference shall bring policy makers and practitioners on a common platform.
- Thereby ushering in good governance and accountable administration.
- This is a significant contributing factor for enabling ease of doing business in India.
- CVO’s, CBI officials and representatives from various Central agencies will also participate.
- The inaugural session will also be attended by Chief Secretaries and DGsP of States/UTs.
CENTRAL VIGILANCE COMMISSION (CVC)
- Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) is an apex Indian governmental body created in 1964.
- CVC was set up based on the recommendations of the Committee on Prevention of Corruption.
- It was headed by Shri K. Santhanam, to advise and guide Central Government agencies in the field of vigilance.
- The CVC is an independent body, free of control from any executive authority, (It is NOT controlled by any ministry or department).
- The CVC is responsible only to the Parliament.
- The CVC is not an investigating agency.
- The CVC may have the investigation done through the CBI or Chief Vigilance Officers (CVO) in government offices.
- Vigilance Awareness Week which will be webcast live and all organizations / departments of Central Government may watch the live webcast.
- All Organizations have been advised to strictly adhere to extant Covid-19 prevention guidelines such as wearing masks, ‘Do Gaj ki Doori’ and washing one’s hands at all locations and events.
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