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Press Release No. 38929-10-2021

              दक्षिण पश्चिम रेलवे / SOUTH WESTERN RAILWAY                प्रेस विज्ञप्ति / Press Release No. 389 Dt: 28.10.2021



As part of Vigilance Awareness Week, Shri Praveen Sinha, Special Director, CBI addressed the officers of South Western Railway through video conference.

In the webinar, he spoke o­n the value of probity in public life and emphasized that efforts to raise awareness o­n vigilance should be carried out at regular intervals throughout the year. He stated that there should be zero tolerance to corruption and this message shall be conveyed to the lowest level.

He opined that rules and procedure have to be subject to regular updation to keep them in harmony with the latest guidelines and directives of Central Vigilance Commission.

Shri Sinha stated that despite being a large organization, Indian Railway had adopted technology in a big way and this has led to transparency in decision – making. A new chapter has been added in Vigilance manual relating to ‘e- Vigilance’,.All stakeholders should act as vigilance officers in their respective fields. Rulesand procedures are to be demystified. Cobwebs of complicated processes are tobe removed.It is an important function of management to adopt a proactiveapproach instead of waiting till misconduct happens. Red flags are to beidentified and acted upon. Management to adopt a low level of tolerance to corruption. Action should be swift, commensurate and exemplary. Regulartraining to be held. Spirit of uprightness be inculcatedShri Sinha added.

Shri Sinha called for leveraging technology in their work.Advised to use robustand secure platforms and have constant watch. He appreciated the efforts ofIndian Railways for being o­ne of the organizations in early adoption oftechnology.

He spoke about the need for participative vigilance as it is the collectiveresponsibility of all stakeholders to ensure the fairness,transparency andadoption of due procedure in the course of some decisions taken.Commissionhas already recommended the adoption of the Integrity Pact by the govtprocuring department which involves signing of the pact between the procuringdepartment and bidders that they will not indulge into corrupt practices.CVC in the new Manual 2021 has introduced a new chapter o­n E-vigilanceemphasizing the need for prevention and detection of fraud by leveragingmodern technology.

Shri Sanjeev Kishore, General Manager, South Western Railway extended his gratitude to Shri Sinha o­n the occasion for sparing his valuable time for the webinar. Shri Kishore emphasized the need for adopting IT based solutions for effective service delivery,the example of o­ne such application developed in Indian railways for storing andsecurely accessing critical drawings(more than 20000) was given, which is now beingused across Indian railways.

Shri Milind K. Deouskar,Senior Deputy General Manager & Chief Vigilance Officer and Principal Heads of department took part in the webinar. Shri Anwesh Kumar, Dy. Chief Vigilance Officer welcomed the Chief Guest and executed the vote of thanks.

                                                                                      Aneesh Hegde

                                                                     Chief Public Relations Officer          

                                                                     South Western Railway, Hubballi 


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