All employees as well as people from society expect strong will from vigilance departments to tackle the problem of corruption by teething present
vigilance resources for eradication of corruption menace having given mandate to it. However, counting on accountable governance, the responsibility of a common
employee as well as management in fighting corruption also cannot be undermined.
In fact, we normally conceive corruption in terms of economic crime having immediate financial implications. Actually corruption is much broader term having wider ambit and ramifications. It ranges from economic corruption to moral corruption, to social corruption etc, all having negative implications on growth. It is only by greed and not by need that is conceived by human psychology. Before we deal with this evil, we need to understand the type and genesis of corruption and tackle it more specifically rather than accordingly. We need to be transparent and uniform in our practice, be it an office or business or for that matter any work. The emerging concept is a proactive vision as well as an action to make every individual and organization, transparent in its working and a habitual follower of rules.
So change of mindset for fighting this problem tooth and nail is the basic need of hour. Creating awareness on vigilance among the people at all levels will certainly help to achieve our goal in a time bound manner with long lasting effects. Vigilance has primarily two aspects to deal with. One part is preventive vigilance, which is aimed at to create awareness among the people so as to follow thumb rule of "prevention is better than cure". It not only creates awareness in the mindset due to end results of such crimes but also raises morale of an individual not to indulge in unlawful immoral practices. Our actions are aimed at to create deterrent effect in the mind. In fact, this aspect needs special and extra attention in order to build self conscious and ethically strong work culture free from impure thoughts. This approach is purely informative, educative and propulsive to efficiency in nature. It creates a sense of discipline and responsibility in a set up where we have to have system of checks and balances. Ultimately such efforts yield long term effects on cleaning our system from corrupt practices.
The other part of vigilance activity is Punitive vigilance, that aims at granting punishment after committing crime or acts of omission or commission. It is more a reformative type of action with subsequent multiple effects and as such not considered as a powerful fool proof method of tackling corruption issue. It corrects the human aberrations and serves as a lesson for others. Instead it is sometimes used as a tool for victimisation and vindication, be it at personal or professional level or otherwise, so needs less encouragement compared to preventive aspects of vigilance.
Together we need to change our mind set, feel consciously responsible and fight by creating much needed awareness on vigilance aspects for ultimate removal of corruption menace. Compromising with our moral and ethical values and succumbing to this evil for our petty gains, simply destroy us and our nation.
With best wishes to all,