Vigilance Awareness Week 2020 | UPSC

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Vigilance Awareness Week 2020 | UPSC

Vigilance Awareness Week 2020 | UPSC

      HEADLINES:

Vigilance Awareness Week, 2020

      WHY IN NEWS:

The Central Vigilance Commission observes the Vigilance Awareness Week from 27th October to 2nd November, 2020.

MINISTRY? :-Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 2 : 4 : CVC : Importance of vigilant citizens

      LEARNING: 

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 !

      ISSUE: 

Central Bureau of Investigation is hosting a National Conference on Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (27th – 29th October, 2020)

VIGILANCE AWARENESS WEEK 2020

AIM

This vigilance awareness week campaign affirms our commitment to promotion of integrity and probity in public life through citizen participation.

TIMELINE

  • In 2020, the Vigilance Awareness Week is being observed from 27th October to 2nd November, 2020 .

THEME

This year the theme is – “सतर्क भारतसमृद्ध भारत – Satark Bharat, Samriddh Bharat (Vigilant India, Prosperous India)”.

  • This theme was finalized after putting the suggestive themes on the website and obtaining the opinion of Chief Vigilance Officers.

SIGNIFICANCE

  • 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.

These activities are to be taken up in campaign mode as part of the Vigilance Awareness Week this year.
 

  • This includes improvement of internal processes, time bound disposal of work and systemic improvements leveraging technology.

Commission emphasises making all processes transparent .

This includes:

  • 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.

INITIATIVES

  • 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.

This will modulate the behaviour of government officials towards integrity and transparency and to bring about attitudinal change.

  • 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

  1. All Central Government Ministries / Organizations to conduct activities both within their organization, and outreach activities for public/citizens:
  2. Use organizational website for dissemination of employees/ customer   oriented information and to make available avenues for redressal of grievances.
  3. 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.
  4. Online modes to be extensively used.
  5. Extensive use of social media platforms, bulk SMS/E-mail, Whatsapp, electronic and print media etc. for spreading awareness.

Vigilance Awareness Week 2020 | UPSC

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 .

IMPLEMENTATION

The Central Bureau of Investigation organizes this National Conference coinciding with ‘Vigilance Awareness Week’.
 

  • This is observed in India every year from 27th October to 2nd November.

FOCUS

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
  • Exchange of Best Practices among Criminal Investigative Agencies.

BACKGROUND

  • 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.

This 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.
  • 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 became a Statutory Body with the enactment of CVC Act, 2003.

  • 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.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

  • 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.
     SOURCES:THE HINDU & PIB | Vigilance Awareness Week 2020 | UPSC

 

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