Vigilance Awareness Week (VAW) is being celebrated every year and coincides with the birthday of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, known to be a man of high integrity. In pursuit of the vision of the Government of India to make a New India by the year 2022, which is the 75th anniversary of our independence, the Central Vigilance Commission, as the apex integrity institution of the country, endeavors to promote integrity, transparency and accountability in public life.
Observance of Vigilance Awareness Week every year is part of the multi-pronged approach of the Commission where a key strategy is to encourage all stakeholders to collectively participate in the prevention of, and the fight against corruption and to raise public awareness regarding the existence, causes and gravity of and the threat posed by corruption.
The Central Vigilance Commission has decided that this year Vigilance Awareness Week would be observed from 28.10.2019 to 02.11.2019 with the theme “Integrity – A way of life (ईमानदारी – एक जीवन शैली) ”
Corruption can be defined as dishonest or unethical conduct by a person entrusted with a position of authority, either to obtain a benefit to oneself or to some other person. It is a global phenomenon, affecting all strata of society in some way or the other. Corruption undermines political development, democracy, economic development, the environment, people’s health and much more. It is, therefore, imperative that the public is sensitized and motivated towards efforts for weeding out corruption.
E-governance and systemic changes in procedures, minimal discretion, reduced public interface, technology-based procurement and automation will go a long way in reducing corruption. The Commission has, therefore, been advising all organizations/ departments to identify and implement effective preventive measures to fight corruption and to enhance transparency and accountability in their functioning.
The purpose of Vigilance Awareness Week is to generate awareness in the public at large about the ill effects of corruption.