TIRUCHI: The Integrity Pact that Airports Authority of India (AAI) has signed with Transparency International (India) provides for external monitoring of tender processes by a reputed entity and stringent punishment for erring officials or agencies if bribe is detected, Tiruchi Airport Director S. Sreekumar said on Monday.
The AAI, which has signed the pact along with 20 other organisations, has taken major steps for improving transparency in compliance with the directive of the Central Vigilance Commission.
The Vigilance Departments at Central and Regional Offices of AAI were functioning actively to ensure that things go in the right track, Mr. Sreekumar said addressing the inaugural of Vigilance Awareness Week – 2008, at the Airport on Monday.
There is a need to improve India’s international standing measured at only 3 to 3.5 points in the Transparency International’s 0 to 10 scale of index measured on the basis of public perception of Government organisations, Mr. Sreekumar said, pointing out that the index of countries like Denmark, Finland and Sweden was between 9 to 9.5 points. In addition to the various competitions for the staff, a road show has been planned this time, he said.
Administering the pledge, A. Alexander Mohan, Commissioner of Police, reminded those indulging in wrong-doings that the younger generation was quick to judge their ill reputation. Government organisations, he felt, could root out corruption and establish transparency through free and fair dealings and simplification of procedures. Officials should be easily approachable and open to criticism, he said, espousing the need for government organisations to interact with social organisations in order to identify their shortcomings.
K. Shivakumar, Deputy General Manager – Air Traffic Control, and G. Suresh Kumar, Senior Manager (COM-TECH) read out the pledge in Tamil and Hindi respectively. A.R. Kumaran, Senior Superintendent (Steno) welcomed the gathering. V. Kumarasamy, Senior Manager – Terminal, proposed a vote of thanks.