A Vow Thatll Wow The Public

Updated: Sep 29 2004, 05:30am hrs
If you try to reach a bureaucrat at 11 am on November 1, sahib will not be available. For s/he will be busy taking a pledge of integrity and transparency.

The Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) has instructed secretaries of all ministries and Union Territories and chief executives of all public sector units to commence the Vigilance Awareness Week (November 1-6) with the pledge. The secretariat of the President and the Prime Ministers Office (PMO) are not exempt.

The pledge reads: We, the public servants of India, do hereby solemnly pledge that we shall continuously strive to bring about integrity and transparency in all spheres of our activities. We also pledge that we shall work unstintingly for eradication of corruption in all spheres of life. We shall remain vigilant and work toward the growth and reputation of our organisation. Through our collective efforts, we shall bring pride to our organisations and provide value-based service to our countrymen. We shall do our duty conscientiously and act without fear or favour.

Senior officers and heads of organisations must be involved in this activity, the circular adds, for These steps would help in enhancing the vigilance profile of the organisation.

Chief vigilance officers are to submit a report from all ministries, departments and PSUs regarding observance of the week, which is focused on customer education this year. That is, the public is to be told about various avenues for redressal of grievances, and initiatives taken for improvement in procedures.