R. Srikumar, Vigilance Commissioner, Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), said that participation of the Chief Vigilance Officers (CVOs), officers, citizens, contractors, and agencies was required to achieve probity in public life.
He was speaking at a function held by the Corporation Bank Officers' Organisation (CBOO) to mark 40 years of the bank. The CBOO is affiliated to the All India Bank Officers Association (AIBOA). As many as 300 people of the CVC alone would not bring probity in public life, he said.
Citizens could record and upload on the internet anything corrupt that they come across. They could even send a message to 9223174440. This number was launched a few years ago on Anti-Corruption Day. He said there were plans on getting a call centre to follow up on complaints received thus.
He said there was a need to move on to predictive vigilance from punitive vigilance. He said dissent must be allowed to be voiced. “Let there be discussion, dissent, debate, and documentation,” he said.
Mr. Srikumar said: “Unions are required because they show the wrong doings.” “Positive unionism” and technology could be used to move forward (in a bank), he said.
Ajai Kumar, Chairman and Managing Director, Corporation Bank, said positive unionism had been an important part of how Corporation Bank had handled challenges. “Do not sign on anything ...you are responsible for what follows upon the person's signature,” he said. Later, excuses would not be accepted as ignorance of the law was no excuse, he said.
Mr. Kumar said that in the coming financial year, he would look at improving the bank's low current account and savings account (CASA). He would focus on getting customers to use the Net, ATMs, and mobile phones for banking.
“Banks don't expand out of thin air, they need people,” he said.