Vigilance Awareness Week to be Observed by the Health Ministry

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare will observe the Vigilance Awareness Week from 29th October to 3rd November 2018 as per the directions of the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), Government of India.  The theme of the vigilance awareness this year is Eradicate Corruption- Make a New India.

During the week-long Vigilance Awareness campaign, various activities like seminars, debates, and essay competitions will be organized in the Ministry to sensitize and motivate its officers and staff to remain vigilant and transparent in their work in order to eradicate corruption in all spheres of life.

The Central Vigilance Commission aims to promote integrity, transparency, and accountability in public life. As part of its efforts to promote probity in public life and to achieve a corruption-free society, CVC observes Vigilance Awareness Week every year. The observation of Vigilance Awareness Week creates greater awareness among the public and encourages all the stakeholders to collectively participate in the prevention of and fight against Corruption.

It is the apex vigilance institution. It was created via executive resolution (based on the recommendations of the Santhanam committee) in 1964 but was conferred with statutory status in 2003.

It submits its report to the President of India.

Presently, the body consists of a central vigilance commissioner along with 2 vigilance commissioners.

They are appointed by the President of India on the recommendations of a committee consisting of Prime Minister, Union Home Minister and Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha (if there is no LoP then the leader of the single largest Opposition party in the Lok Sabha).

Term: Their term is 4 years or 65 years, whichever is earlier.

The Central Vigilance Commissioner or any Vigilance Commissioner can be removed from his office only by order of the President on the ground of proved misbehavior or incapacity after the Supreme Court, on a reference made to it by the President, has, on inquiry, reported that the Central Vigilance Commissioner or any Vigilance Commissioner, as the case may be, ought to be removed.

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