Port Wings News Network:
Vigilance Awareness Week was inaugurated at Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) on 30 October 2017. The Vigilance Awareness week will be observed from 30 October to 4 November 2017, and various activities to highlight the menace of corruption in public life will be conducted.
The Deputy Chairman of the port Mr G. P. Rai was the chief guest and inaugurated the Vigilance Awareness Week in the presence of the Guest of Honour and Key-note Speaker for the day, Mr Bossuet D’ Silva, Superintendent of Police, (ACB), Heads of Departments, officers, staff and employees. Integrity Pledge to mark the occasion was taken in English and in Hindi at the inaugural function by all present.
In his brief address to the august gathering, Mr Rai said, “‘There is a need to introduce a system to deliver timely services to the public, by way of which we can curtail corrupt practices. Introducing preventive vigilance in the day to day working is the other best strategy to control corruption.”
Mr Bousset D’ Silva, Superintendent of Police, in his educative and enlightening keynote address on the topic ‘My vision – Corruption Free India’ said ‘Corruption causes damage to the country and the society, and it is an obstruction for its economic growth and progress. Corruption can be eliminated by the participation of all the citizens of the country. In our country corruption flourishes mainly because there is no accountability. The Central Vigilance Commission on its part makes all efforts to bring in accountability and to curb corruption. In Goa, for e.g. the major loss to the Government ex-chequer is by way of land deals that are transacted’.
He further highlighted various Sections of the law which are in place to curb corruption and malpractices at every level and exhorted those present to come forth fearlessly with information to curb corrupt practices. ‘Don’t be afraid to be whistle-blowers to eliminate corruption, the law will protect you’ he said further. Narrating his own experiences in investigating high profile corruption cases in Goa involving senior bureaucrats of the Govt., and how he succeeded in getting convictions, he held the rapt attention of his audience from the beginning till the end. He also answered many querries raised by the employees in matters of curbing corruption.
The Heads of Department of MPT also spoke on the topic of ‘Can corruption be eradicated from our society’ and shared their views. A humorous skit conveying the message against corruption and cheating was enacted by the Port employees. The function was compered by Mr G.M. Gadkar, AXEN(Vigilance) while Mr Tico Rodrigues of the Vigilance Department proposed the vote of thanks.