‘Incorruptibility’ is ultimate remedy against corruption: Dr Jitendra

Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh delivering a guest lecture organised by Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) at New Delhi on Tuesday.
Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh delivering a guest lecture organised by Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) at New Delhi on Tuesday.

Excelsior Correspondent
New Delhi, May 9: “Incorruptibility” is the ultimate remedy against corruption. The final goal in the drive against corruption cannot be achieved simply by eradication of corruption but by achieving a state of mind which is incorruptible.
This was stated here today by Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh, while delivering a guest lecture on the theme “Modi Government’s measures to combat corruption”.
The lecture was organised by Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) and was attended by Central Vigilance Commissioner K V Chowdary, Vigilance Commissioners Rajiv and Dr T M Bhasin as well as several other senior officers of Government of India.
Dr Jitendra Singh recalled that soon after assuming the office, one of the earliest statements made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi focused on “Minimum Government Maximum Governance”. He said, this dictum goes hand in hand with the crusade against corruption because governance can never achieve its maximum limit or potential as long as it is constantly hampered by the menace of corruption.
In the last three years, Dr Jitendra Singh said, the focus of the Modi Government has been two-fold. a) an approach of zero tolerance towards corruption b) adequate protection to officials who perform their duty with diligence and competence without indulging in any unethical or corrupt practices. The series of decisions taken during the last three years are also aimed to achieve these twin objectives, he added.
At the same time, Dr Jitendra Singh recalled that right from the day of the formation of the present Government in May 2014 till date, one after the other, several path-breaking and even revolutionary decisions were taken to bring in more transparency and citizen centricity in various organs of the Government, which also exercises a check on corrupt and malafide practices. Citing some examples, he said, beginning from first 1 January 2016, under the direction of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a courageous decision was taken to abolish the practice of holding interviews for selection to junior level and non-gazetted posts. This single decision has gone a long way in checking nepotism and favouritism in appointments and has at the same time, also brought about considerable saving in public exchequer.
Over the last 70 years, Dr Jitendra Singh said, a number of much hyped initiatives were taken by earlier Governments which included the Prevention of Corruption  Act in 1988 and Right to Information Act, 2005. However, it is the Modi Government which has sought to implement these provisions in true letter and spirit. He said, many may not be aware of the fact that for the first time, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, all the 10 vacancies of the Information Commissioners were filled up in the Central Information Commission whereas it never happened so in the past and there were also times when the CIC was functioning with just 3 or 4 Information Commissioners. This itself is an evidence of the Modi Government’s sincere will and conviction for transparency and accountability, he added.
Dispelling the observation in certain quarters that the Lokpal Bill had got delayed under the present Government, Dr Jitendra Singh said, the matter of fact is that the Lokpal Bill brought by UPA II Government just two months before the fall of Government was drafted in haste, which left a number of missing gaps. For example, there was no clarity that in the absence of a recognized Leader of Opposition, who would replace him as member of Selection Committee. Similarly, the tenure of appointment of the jurist member in the Selection Committee was left undefined. In order to overcome these pitfalls, he said, Lokpal Amendment Bill was brought in Parliament but on the advice of all the parties including the Opposition parties, like Congress, it was referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee, and hence the delay. Now that the Bill has been sent by the Standing Committee with its recommendations, the further follow up will be done accordingly, he added.
What is most important, however, Dr Jitendra Singh said is that the present Government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has carried forward its resolve to check corruption with conviction and courage. An important evidence of this is that the path breaking decision of re-monetisation was announced on the eve of crucial election to five State Assemblies without any consideration of electoral outcomes, he said.

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