Pledge Against Corruption…

Pledge Against Corruption…

Lakhs of women in Odisha took pledge to stand and fight against corruption on 31st October 2022, as part of celebration of vigilance week from 31st October to 6th November 2022. On appeal of honorable Chief Minister Sri Naveen Patnaik thousand of Govt. employees and Lakhs of women from all Gram Panchayat and Villages, came out of their houses at 11 am on 31 October and took pledge to stand and fight again corruption. A number of awareness programmes shall be conducted through out the state during this week. In Odisha, Women are always in forefront to take up different awareness programmes at grassroot level, which has been possible because of Mission Shakti, a silent revolution by Govt of odisha to empower women.

This year, the Vigilance Awareness Week is being observed from 31st October to 6th November, 2022 on the theme “Corruption free India for a developed Nation”. Hon’ble Chief Minister, Odisha has kindly consented to be the Chief Guest in the State level function being organized by Odisha Vigilance on 31.10.2022 at Convention Centre, Lokseva Bhavan, Bhubaneswar and will administer integrity pledge (circulated by Central Vigilance Commission) at 11 AM. The programme will be telecast live and many among the 70 Lakh Self Help Group members, students of the State as well as field functionaries of government will take the pledge as administered by the Hon’ble Chief Minister, through live telecast. Moreover, Electronics & IT Department, Odisha will also connect all Collectorates and Block offices of Odisha through Video conferencing for Govt. functionaries to take oath to be administered by Hon’ble Chief Minister on the day. Chief Secretary, Odisha will be the guest of honour on the occasion. The best Vigilance Division, Vigilance Unit, Investigating Officer, Woman Investigating Officer and Public Prosecutor will also be awarded in the above function. In course of observance of Vigilance Awareness Week, public meetings will be held at district and block level involving the students, youth, academics, serving and retired Govt. officials, Self Help Groups, NGOs and members of civil society in order to raise public awareness against perils of corruption and enlist the support of all the stake holders in the anti-corruption campaign. Further, debate, quiz, cartoon, slogans, painting, rangoli & poster competitions on anti-corruption theme amongst the school and college students have been planned. Public rallies, walkathon and marathon etc. involving students and different sections of society will also be organised at different places to raise awareness. Besides, ‘Awareness Gram Sabhas’ will be organized in rural areas involving Self Help Groups and members of Gram Panchayats during the Awareness Week. Also, extensive use of social media platforms, WhatsApp, email, electronic and print media will be done for creating anti-corruption awareness among the public. Bulk SMS featuring the Vigilance toll free number 1064 will be sent to lakhs of mobile users in the State for wide circulation. The drive for online registration of complaints relating to corruption on the Vigilance website will further be energized. The fight against corruption is a long drawn process and needs concerted efforts on multiple fronts. Odisha Vigilance appeals to the people of the State to actively participate in the observance of the Vigilance Awareness Week and contribute to the cause of combating corruption and building a better society and corruption free Odisha.

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