In recent times many scams such as 2G, COLGATE, Procurement of Tatra Trucks and allocation of defence spectrum by ISRO has rocked the country. The spread and magnitude of the amount involved indicates that the corruption is deeply rooted in our democracy.
Widespread corruption cannot be rooted out "just by 300 people sitting in the CVC but each and every citizen of the country must contribute towards building a TEAM India where
T stands for technology and transparency,
E for efficiency and empowerment,
A for audit trail and accountability and
M for metrics measurement and mutual cooperation,"
After the move by the Civil Society led by Anna Hazare the awakened citizens might ask from themselves what is it that I can do to check corruption in my country instead of merely expecting that somebody else can do something to check corruption.
First time on 31 October -2011 Participative Vigilance was the theme of Vigilance Awareness Week circulated by CVC.
The practice of observing the Vigilance Awareness Week was initiated by the CVC in 2000. 31st October was chosen as the commencement date for the Vigilance Awareness Week, because that was the birthday of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who represented the best tradition of integrity in Indian politics.
CVC has recently-launched "Vig-Eye", a user-friendly platform for citizens to complain against corrupt officials by an SMS, was aimed at participative vigilance and would be able to reach 50 million people in the country.
Tools in the hands of citizen to curb Corruption
At the individual level, there are adequate resources available for any concerned citizen to play a role in checking corruption.
1. Right to Information Act 2005. Individual citizens as well as
References: i Excerpts from the report of former CVC Sh N.Vittal Saturday, 22 October 2011 ii Excerpts from the Speech of Vigilance Commissioner Sh R Srikumar at Banglore Dec12 2011 iii Governance and compliance through effective employee communication by Dr. Joffy George iv Slogans on Participative Vigilance by ESIC v. 25 Management strategies for Delhi Metro by sh Anuj Dayal