IGNOU, CVC fights corruption
New Delhi: Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) in collaboration with the MHRD and Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has announced a project to prevent corruption called Vigilance Eye (VigEye), which will soon reach the remote corners of India through IGNOU regional centres.
In addition to it, one or two volunteers at village level shall be nominated to make rural people aware about it. Gopinath Pradhan, VC, IGNOU, announced to have a curriculum in the university about moral ethics and vigilance.
According to R Sri Kumar, vigilance commissioner, CVC, VigEye is a platform for submitting complaint against corruption through mobile phones and internet. People can lodge their complaint with the help of photographs, audio and video.
He said, “The project shall soon be upgraded to ‘VigEye Shree’, ‘VigEye Vibhushan’ and ‘VigEye Ratna’ to encourage people to fight corruption. There has to be a change in the strategy. It is a long process today; by the time we take action the time elapses. Now, through VigEye, we shall reach out to the common people and tell them, what should be done and what should be avoided.”
He demonstrated that how participative vigilance can be incorporated among the masses through mobile phones. “You can send a blank SMS or ‘VIGEYE’ to 09223174440 to get an SMS containing the registration link in your mobile. You have to register first, before filing a complaint,” he said.
He also expressed that we want to take this project further to the public domain for students and make it simpler to use so that the complaints can be lodged easily in audio, video and photography mode.
Jaya Balachandran, Retd additional secretary CVC, said, “We have been observing this day since the year 2010 where we discuss how educational institutions play a proactive role in reducing corruption. Corruption is a distortion on public property in the realm of vital sectors of the society. With massive investments in such projects we need to plug corruption. If it is plugged, then a jump of 1.2% in our GDP is possible.”
Keshav Rao, director CVC, emphasised transparency in public vigilance, particularly in procurement and defined corruption as monopoly plus discretion minus accountability. “Transparency, fairness, quality, time and value for money are various factors propagated by CVC for addressing different departments,” he said.