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New Delhi: Central Vigilance Commission is observing Vigilance Awareness Week from October 26 to 31, 2015. President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday insisted the country to endorse the India corruption free campaign and proactively participate in it.

President Mukherjee wrote to the Central Vigilance Commissioner stating, “I am happy to learn that the Central Vigilance Commission is observing Vigilance Awareness Week from October 26 to 31, 2015. Corruption affects the growth of a nation, reduces the Government’s income and creates inequalities in distribution of income and wealth. It is a major factor hindering development.”

Corruption is an issue of prime importance in today’s developing India. If India wants to digitize itself and achieve the status of a developed nation, it has to first abandon corruption.

This awareness program is expected to generate public opinion to reduce the evil of corruption.

The President added, “Corruption needs to be treated like a disease and focus should be on prevention. It is appropriate that the Commission has adopted the theme of “Preventive Vigilance as a tool of Good Governance.”

The accomplishment of preventive vigilance is going to bring a large scale change in India. With corruption expected to be subsided with such efforts, it is also going to contribute to good governance by increasing better law enforcement, transparency and efficiency.

The Vigilance Commission is concentrating to generate major awareness among the students and youth for building a society aware of corruption and how it can stopped.

 

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India is The Most Corrupt Nation in Asia with Highest Bribery Rates of 69 %

More than half the respondents have had to pay a bribe in five of the six public services in India

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India Against Corruption - Protesters in Bangalore - 22nd August 2011. Wikimedia
  • India has surpassed Pakistan, Myanmar, Vietnam and, Thailand concerning bribery rate with 69 percent, the highest on the list
  • Vietnam stood second on the list after India at 65 per cent bribery rate
  • India also holds account for the highest bribery rates in public schools and healthcare sector, with 58% per cent 59 per cent bribery rate respectively

Sep 03, 2017: Indian government is struggling hard to defeat the evils of corruption, but there is still a long way ahead to fulfill the objective of corruption free India. According to a survey released by the Transparency International (TI) in March 2017,  an anti-corruption global civil society organization reveals that India stands as the most corrupt country in Asia with 69 % bribery rate. In the survey, approximately 22,000 individuals spanning across 16 Asian countries participated over a period of 18 months starting in July 2015.

As reported by ANI which further cited Forbes’ article “Asia’s Five Most Corrupt Countries”, the issue of corruption is pervasive across Asia. The TI report says that India has surpassed Pakistan, Myanmar, Vietnam and, Thailand concerning bribery rate with 69 percent, the highest on the list.

It was mentioned that more than half the respondents have had to pay a bribe in five of the six public services namely-  hospitals, schools, police, utility services and, ID documents.

The article by Forbes also hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for persistent efforts to eradicate corruption from India.

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“However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s fight against corruption has made a mark: 53 per cent of the people think he is going it fairly or very well. And it has led to people feeling empowered, as 63 per cent believe ordinary citizens can make a difference,” it stated.

Vietnam stood second on the list after India at 65 per cent bribery rate.

Pakistan stands fourth on the list with 40 per cent bribery rate. About three-fourths of respondents in Pakistan consider mostly the policemen to be corrupt. It said that seven in ten people had to cajole police officers or the courts for a bribe. When asked about the change in the situation, people sounded dejected when it comes to wiping out bribery from the nation. Only one third feel that ordinary citizens can make a difference.

Last year, India was placed 76th out of 168 countries surveyed by the Berlin-based corruption watchdog in its Corruption Perception Index, mentioned ANI.

India’s corruption perception has been the same consecutively for two years 2015 and 2014’s  as 38/100, which shows no improvement in the scenario.

According to the March 2017 statistics, Pakistan most likely of all was the country to have higher bribes legal institutions. While in India, the police bribery rate was 54 per cent.

India also holds an account for the highest bribery rates in public schools and healthcare sector, with 58% per cent 59 per cent bribery rate respectively.


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Yogi Adityanath led UP Government to start booking Land Mafia under Gangster Act

The Yogi Adityanath led government has said that they will start booking illegal occupants (land mafia) under the gangster act.

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Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath. Twitter
  • The BJP representative in UP, Yogi Adityanath, said that the state government will start booking land mafia under Gangster Act
  • This bold move seeks to free the state-owned land from illegal occupants
  • The District Magistrate and Deputy Commissioner of Police will lead the teams to act on reports of corruption

New Delhi, June 12, 2017: The Yogi Adityanath UP government has taken a bold move and said that the state-owned land must be free of all the illegal occupants. In order to achieve this, the government will start booking land mafia under Gangster Act.

All reports of corruption which may be filed now will be acted upon by the teams jointly led by the District Magistrate and Deputy Commissioner of Police.

This action of the government is in addition to the setting up of anti-land mafia task force in April.

ALSO READ: To Control Crime, rule of law be established in UP at the Earliest: UP CM Yogi Adityanath

The state government aims to identify all encroached lands within the next two months and prepare a list of land grabbers in the state.

Furthermore, the state’s Power Minister Srikant Sharma has warned that land grabbing in the name of religion will not be permitted.

Yogi Adityanath has reiterated to the officials to ensure transparent and sensitive administration by strengthening the rule of law. He expects a much stricter police patrolling.

The state government will also give more attention to illegal mining and cattle smuggling.

 by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394

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Demonetisation Move hits Tirumala Temple Pilgrims hard as Hotel Owners, Taxi drivers and Shops refuse to accept Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 Currency Notes

Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams arranged for free food, snacks and milk for all pilgrims

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Tirupati, November 9, 2016: Devotees visiting Lord Venkateswara temple in Tirumala were hit hard on Wednesday as taxi drivers and owners of hotels and shops refused to accept Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denomination currency notes after the government’s sudden move to demonetise them.

The pilgrims, who flock from all over the country to the temple town, had a tough time buying food and other essential items of daily use. Some were facing difficulties even in buying milk for their children.

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“After reaching at the railway station on Wednesday morning, we learnt that Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes are no longer valid. Since we were travelling, we are carrying only high denomination currency notes,” said G. Rammohan, a devotee from Visakhapatnam.

With banks and ATMs closed for the day, the pilgriums and visitors had no option but to borrow or buy on credit, or to rough it out.

Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), which runs the affairs of the hill shrine — the richest in the country — intervened to provide some succour to the pilgrims. It arranged for free food, snacks and milk for all pilgrims.

“We are also accepting Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes for darshan tickets,” a TTD official told IANS.

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Arrangements were also made to enable devotees swipe their credit and debit cards for accommodation and other services provided by the TTD.

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The pilgrims at Sri Bhramrambha Mallikharjuna temple at Srisailam and other prominent shrines in Andhra Pradesh and neighbouring Telangana also had a tough time due to the Centre’s move to do away with high denomination currency notes.

The devotees complained that the sudden move caused them severe inconvenience as they were stranded at bus and railway stations. Many went without food for hours.

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As it is ‘Karthika masam’, an auspicious period, thousands of devotees throng the temples, especially at Srisailam.

Meanwhile, Vishwa Hindu Parishad has demanded that both the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana governments set up special counters at temples administered by them to help devotees to exchange Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes. (IANS)