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The first meeting of BJP national executive after 2019 Lok Sabha polls started in the national capital on Sunday to discuss forthcoming Assembly elections in five states and other current issues.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief J.P. Nadda, former party presidents and Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah and Nitin Gadkari are attending the meeting, which is taking place at the NDMC Convention Centre.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who was supposed to participate virtually from Lucknow, flew to Delhi to physically attend the meeting.
The meeting started with the inaugural address of Nadda and will conclude with Prime Minister Modi's valedictory address around 3 p.m.
Following the Covid-19 protocols, all national executive members have not been called to Delhi to attend the meeting. Only 124 senior BJP leaders will be present at the NDMC convention center and all the Chief Ministers and Deputy Chief Ministers of the BJP ruled states, all the BJP state unit presidents and other senior leaders from the states who are part of the national executive will virtually attend the meeting from their respective state headquarters.
On Saturday, BJP national general secretary Arun Singh had said that various issues will be discussed in the meeting, which include a special brainstorming session on the forthcoming assembly elections in five states.
Early next year, Assembly polls will be held in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab Manipur, and Goa.
A condolence resolution will also be adopted in the memory of all those who lost their lives in the Covid pandemic.
The meeting will also discuss programmes and policies to make the BJP more broad-based in order to incorporate greater sections of the society.
An exhibition has also been organised at the venue to showcase all policies and programmes of the Modi government. (IANS/JB)
Keywords: BJP, Elections, Lok Sabha, India National News, Politics.
Every year, Vigilance Awareness Week is celebrated in India to mark the birthday of Sardar Patel which falls on October 31st. This year, it is observed from October 26 to November 1. The theme of this year's celebration is 'Independent India @75: Self Reliance with Integrity.' The idea behind this observance is to educate the public and create awareness around anti-corruption ideals.
India ranks high in corruption, and it is only increasing each year as people discover newer ways to defy the law. The occasion of Sardar Patel's birth anniversary serves as a reminder to restore the ideals that our country was founded upon and to reinstate the idea of integrity in the ethic of those who are its citizens.
President Ram Nath Kovind presenting Vigilance Excellence Awards in 2018 Image credit: Wikimedia commons
Across the country, Vigilance Awareness Week is marked with social activities, intellectual debates, quizzes, and speeches around how democracy can improve as a tool of empowerment. Propagating the idea of integrity, obedience to the law, and mutual respect for the reigning principles of the constitution, the Central Vigilance Committee, decided to set this initiative up in 2000.
This year, India celebrated its 75th year of Independence, which add the onus on the citizens to develop what has grown so far into something greater. Owing to the past two years of the pandemic and multiple stages of lockdown, Vigilance Awareness week could not be celebrated with the same fervour. Nonetheless, it is an opportunity to build on the recently acquired principle of self-reliance. As the week comes to a close, at the threshold of a new month and the festive season, the endeavour of choosing to be self-reliant and honourable adds to the joyous atmosphere the entire country eagerly awaits.
Keywords: Vigilance Awareness Week, Sardar Patel, India, Anti-corruption, Democracy
Vigilance and awareness are the hallmarks of a democracy, a system of governance 'by the people for, the people' which derives legitimacy through transparency and a system of checks and balances. But in practice, democracies are often plagued by corruption. And as a reminder of the importance of fighting against corruption, the country on Monday started observing Vigilance Awareness Week.
What is the 'Vigilance Awareness Week?'
The Vigilance Awareness Week is celebrated every year in the birthday week of Sardar Vallabbhai Patel's, often referred to as the 'Bismark of India'. Patel was born on October 31st and is hailed as a man of high integrity and honesty. This year, Vigilance Week is being observed from October 26 to November 1. The celebrations and activities planned through the week are aimed at recognising the ills of corruption and promoting ways to combat it at an individual as well as systemic level.
The occasion is observed by the Central Vigilance Commission annually.
The idea of the "Vigilance Awareness Week" was first floated in 2000 when the then Chief Vigilance Commissioner wrote a letter citing the importance to curb corruption. The letter noted that corruption was "anti-national", "anti-economic development" and "anti-poor", as quoted by a report in CNBC TV18.
What is this year's theme?
This year, the theme of the Vigilance Week celebrations is 'Independent India @ 75: Self Reliance and Integrity'. A host of activities have been planned around the country to celebrate the week. The theme was proposed by the CVC to mark 75 years of India's independence and in keeping with the central government's push for "atma-nirbhar" Bharat.
The initiative aims to bring together all the stakeholders when fighting against the scourge of corruption.
How is it being celebrated?
Several education institutions, government offices and corporates have taken up Vigilance Week celebrations in the spirit of promoting transparency and curbing corruption.
Educational institutions like the Indian Institute of Management in Vishakhapatnam, English And Foreign Languages University in Hyderabad and others have kicked off Vigilance Week activities by taking special integrity pledges in a way to commit to the ideals of transparency and honesty. Corporates like the Fortune 500 Company Bharat Petroleum as well as banks and financial companies both private and public also inaugurated Vigilance Week celebrations on Monday.
The CVC has also started an initiative under which anyone can anonymously lodge a complaint against corruption with the regulatory body under Public Interest Disclosure and Protection of Informers Resolution (PIDPI). The initiative is aimed at empowering the common man against corruption.
Why India needs a Vigilance Awareness Week
According to a 2020 report by corruption watchdog Transparency International, India has the highest bribery rate in Asia and the most number of people who use personal connections to access public services.
The Global Corruption Barometer (GCB) – Asia, found that nearly 50 per cent of those who paid bribes were asked to, while 32 per cent of those who used personal connections said they would not receive the service otherwise.
Bribery in public services continues to plague India. Slow and complicated bureaucratic processes, unnecessary red tape and unclear regulatory frameworks force citizens to seek out alternate solutions to access basic services through networks of familiarity and petty corruption, the report stated.
As of 2020, India stands at the 86th spot on the corruption perception index among a list of 180 countries. This is worse than 2019 when India stood at the 80th spot.
Despite several efforts by successive state and national governments, corruption continues to be a scourge for the nation. Promoting transparency and honesty, especially in educational institutions and corporations, as well as strengthening anti-corruption institutions might be the way forward for India if it truly wants to achieve its socio-economic development goals. And Vigilance Awareness Week could serve as a reminder of the importance of continuing the fight against corruption both at national and individual levels. (RN)
(Article originally published by Outlook)
Keywords: Vigilance Awareness Week, Corruption, Self Reliance, Integrity
In the run-up to this year’s Republic Day, music aficionados can gear up for a musical tribute to the valor and courage of the brave Indian soldiers who laid down their lives battling for the nation. Organized by the Tabla Wizard Pandit Chatur Lal Memorial Society, the 22nd edition of ‘Amar Jyoti: A Tribute to Unknown Soldiers’ will take place online on January 23.
The musical tribute evening will see an exciting line-up of Indian classical artists who will come together on one stage to create a memorable concert. The highlight will be a soulful Jugalbandi by renowned folk singers Padma Shri recipient Malini Awasthi and Roshan Khan (Mangniyar). Many other artists will accompany, including the likes of Rafik Khan Merasi, a masterful Kamaicha player, Latif Khan on Dholak, Zaheer Khan will be on Kartal and vocalist Sawai Khan.
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On organizing the concert, Shruti Chatur Lal Sharma, the granddaughter of the tabla legend and the Program Director at Pandit Chaturlal Festival said, “It is an honor to have this opportunity to organize an event to pay tribute to the martyrs of our nation. With this soulful music, we extend our gratitude to all those unknown soldiers who risked their lives for the nation and our safety.
Our entire team looks forward to the main event and thank all our sponsors and associates. The event is organized in association with ICCR and Indian Raga. The main sponsor is ONGC and co-sponsored by GAIL, Oil India Limited, PFC, NTPC, and Powergrid.” The musical ode will be streamed LIVE on January 23 2021 at 7 p.m. on the Society’s social media handles. (IANS)