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Anti-corruption pledge marks launch of Vigilance Awareness Week

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Adherence: Commissioner of Customs C.Rajan (left) and Chennai Port Trust Chairman K.Suresh interact with employees at the launch of the Vigilance Awareness Week at the port on Monday.
Adherence: Commissioner of Customs C.Rajan (left) and Chennai Port Trust Chairman K.Suresh interact with employees at the launch of the Vigilance Awareness Week at the port on Monday.

Special Correspondent

Special poster and brochure released at CPCL refinery in Manali

CHENNAI: Led by the heads of departments, hundreds of employees of Southern Railway, Chennai Port Trust, Indian Oil Corporation, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. and Chennai Petroleum Corporation Ltd. on Monday took vigilance pledge to eradicate corruption and bring in transparency in all spheres of activities.

They took the pledge at the launch of week-long Vigilance Awareness Week programmes put up by their organisations.

Participating in the programme organised by Southern Railway N. Vittal, former Central Vigilance Commissioner, stressed the importance of taking ethical decisions based on the parameters of legality, fairness and conscientiousness duly recording the reasons.

Rakesh Chopra, General Manager, Southern Railway, stressed the need for transparency in tendering process in works and stores contracts. To mark the occasion, a special vigilance bulletin containing guidelines for officers and staff was released.

At the launch of the Week in Chennai Port Trust, C. Rajan, Commissioner of Customs, called for a change in the mindset of officers to bring down the level of corruption at workplace. He also suggested inclusion of a subject on prevention of corruption in the school syllabus to motivate children at younger age and a media campaign about the bad effects of corruption.

Archana Ramasundaram, Additional Director General of Police, CB-CID, who inaugurated the programme at Indian Oil Corporation, said that the observance of the Vigilance Awareness Week should not turn into an ineffective ritual, but must be backed by a concrete action plan for effective corporate performance.

At the function organised by the CPCL at its refinery in Manali, T.K. Rajendran, Inspector General of Police, unveiled a special poster and released the brochure on “White Blowers’ Resolution.”

CPCL Managing Director K.K. Acharya said that to enhance transparency in business transactions, advanced technologies should be used and thereby reduce human interventions. As a measure, electronic clearance system has been introduced in the CPCL, he added. N. Sankaran, CPCL Chief Vigilance Officer, spoke.

Former bureaucrat B.S. Raghavan inaugurated the programme organised by the BPCL. The oil marketing company would conduct awareness programme on quality and quantity of automobile fuels at its retail outlet in Anna Nagar on Tuesday.

For the next few days, the CPCL has planned a number of participative events for students and employees; interaction meet and awareness programme with customers, clients, vendors and contractors.

Southern Railway will hold seminars, essay competitions, workshops and debates.

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