Modi Govt amended anti-graft law: Dr Jitendra
NEW DELHI, Oct 31: President Ram Nath Kovind presented “Vigilance Excellence Awards” and addressed the “Vigilance Awareness Week” function organized by the Central Vigilance Commission here today. The theme of the Vigilance Awareness Week this year is “Eradicate corruption – Build a New India”.
Speaking on the occasion, President Kovind called for eradicating corruption which, he said, is the foremost condition for creating a “New India”. He emphasized that the confidence of people in taking decisions and in taking actions is important along with enhanced transparency, accountability and fairness.
Referring to the use of technology and internet, the President noted that GeM online platform has been introduced to improve transparency and prevent corruption in public procurement process. From extending banking facilities to previously unbanked sections of people, to implementing the GST regime, he said, various endeavors have been made to boost the formal economy.
President Kovind also emphasized for serous effort to curb economic offences and induce a sense of fear of law among habitual offenders. He referred to amendment to the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, the enforcement of Benami Property Act and the promulgation of Black-money and imposition of tax act as measures aimed to give confidence to honest citizens.
Dr Jitendra Singh, who is also Minister In-Charge Central Vigilance Commission, said that Modi government’s resolve against corruption stands vindicated and over the last four-and-a-half years, the approach of zero tolerance towards corruption has been sincerely followed while, at the same time, appropriate measures have been taken to ensure safeguards for honestly performing officers. In this regard, he claimed credit for the Modi Government for having amended the Prevention of Corruption Act of 1988 after a lapse of 30 years and thus having made the anti-graft law more effective.
Dr Jitendra Singh complimented the members of the Central Vigilance Commission for having undertaken initiatives to incorporate new technology in their working. He also commended the CVC for starting work on preventive vigilance and having brought out a manual on “Top 100 Bank frauds in India”.