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KOHIMA, Oct 28 (NEPS): Governor PB Acharya said corruption had progressively increased and was now rampant in their society.
In a message on the occasion of Vigilance Awareness Week which will be observed from 29 October to 3 November 2018 on the theme “Eradicate Corruption – Build a New India,” the Governor said to had become a way of life. He said society itself had accepted and embraced corruption. “No one questions the many that live beyond their means of income,” he added.
Acharya also explained Corruption was the loss of purity or integrity – A decay in anything that causes a deviation from the ideal. “In Governance, Corruption comes under many different guises like bribery, extortion, blackmail, fraud, embezzlement, misappropriation of public goods, nepotism and cronyism,” he added.
Excerpts from the Message:
“Corruption has adversely affected the economy and has stunted the country’s development. Corruption is depriving us of our constitutional and human rights. It is threatening the economic development, ethical values and justice; it is destabilising our society- creating a social divide of “Have and Have Not’s”. It is a challenge to the institutions and values of our democracy. Public policies and public resources are largely beneficial to poor people and it is they who suffer the harmful effects of corruption most grievously.
“It is time for us to come together and reaffirm our commitment to promote vigilance concepts and to rededicate ourselves to the cause of fighting corruption. Corruption cannot significantly come down unless all stakeholders support and participate to eradicate corruption. Increased transparency, fairness, equity, competitiveness and leveraging of technology in all areas of functioning of the Government should be promoted. People should be made aware of their rights and responsibilities- to ensure that the sanctity of the “Rule of Law” as mandated by our constitution for Justice, Liberty and Equality of all its citizens is preserved.
“The State Vigilance Commission, Nagaland, as the apex anti- corruption institution of the State should endeavour to promote transparency and accountability and maintain integrity in public life. The investigation into corruption cases must be brought to its rational conclusion whereby public resources are recovered from the corrupt officials as well as act as deterrence to others.
“It is imperative to understand why corruption exist, the factors that influence it and how we can tackle corruption effectively. Let us join together and work untiringly for eradication of corruption in all spheres of life and build a New India of our dreams.
“On this occasion, I extend my greeting and good wishes for a successful “Vigilance Awareness Week”.”