Anti-corruption project VigEye on anvil: CVC
Through the collaborative efforts of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), it was announced that VigEye, a project by CVC to prevent corruption, shall soon reach the remote corners of India through IGNOU Regional Centres.
In addition to it, one or two volunteers at village level shall be nominated to make rural people aware about it.
Prof. Gopinath Pradhan, Vice Chancellor, IGNOU, announced to have a curriculum in the University about moral ethics and vigilance.
IGNOU Sunday observed the International Anti-Corruption Day hosting a two-way teleconference session to discuss the preventive, punitive and participative vigilance at the Electronic Media Production Centre (EMPC) at the headquarters in the capital.
R. Sri Kumar, Vigilance Commissioner, CVC, brought forward the Commission's project called VigEye (Vigilance Eye), which is a platform for submitting complaint against corruption through mobile phones and internet.
"People can lodge their complaint with the help of photographs, audio and video," he said.
"The project shall soon be upgraded to 'VigEye Shree', 'VigEye Vibhushan' and 'VigEye Ratna' to encourage people to fight corruption.
"There has to be a change in the strategy. It is a long process today; by the time we take action the time elapses. Now, through VigEye, we shall reach out to the common people and tell them, what should be done and what should be avoided," he added.
He demonstrated that how participative vigilance can be incorporated among the masses through mobile phones. "You can send a blank SMS or "VIGEYE" to 09223174440 to get an SMS containing the registration link in your mobile. You have to register first, before filing a complaint," he said.
He also expressed that we want to take this project further to the public domain for students and make it simpler to use so that the complaints can be lodged easily in audio, video and photography mode.
Dr. Jaya Balachandran, Retd. Additional Secretary CVC, said, "We have been observing this day since the year 2010 where we discuss how educational institutions play a proactive role in reducing corruption.
"Corruption is a distortion on public property in the realm of vital sectors of the society. With massive investments in such projects we need to plug corruption. If it is plugged, then a jump of 1.2pc in our GDP is possible."
Amit Khare, Joint Secretary and CVO, MHRD, spoke on how participative vigilance can be a part of their curriculum.
He brought forward some measures in having preventive vigilance and stated, "There should be an online mechanism to contain corruption; have legislative measures like a bill to prohibit technical malpractices in the Parliament along with a transparent educational system."
Keshav Rao, Director CVC, emphasized transparency in public vigilance, particularly in procurement and defined corruption as monopoly plus discretion minus accountability.
"Transparency, fairness, quality, time and value for money are various factors propagated by CVC for addressing different departments," he said.
U. S. Tolia, Registrar, IGNOU, said, "The International Anti-Corruption Day is observed every year on 9th December throughout the world. The IGNOU is grateful to CVC and MHRD for choosing it to disseminate the related information to general public particularly students through its Regional Centres across the country."
The teleconference session was organized covering all the 67 Regional Centres of the University and attended by officers from CVC, MHRD, Delhi University, NIOS, NCERT, IIT, AICTE, IGNOU faculty, other officials, special invitees amongst others.