Address by Shri V. Narayanasamy, Hon'Ble Minister of State (PMO & Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions) XVIIIth Biennial Conference of Anti-Corruption Bureaux / Vigilance Bureaux of States and CBI on 21st October, 2011 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi

Hon'ble, Prime Minister,
Chief Vigilance Commissioner, Shri Pradeep Kumar
Secretary (Personnel) Smt Alka Sirohi,
Director CBI Shri Amar Pratap Singh
Heads of Anti Corruptions Bureaux of the States
Distinguished guests
Ladies and gentlemen.

         

          1. It gives me immense pleasure to welcome Hon'ble Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to this XVIIIth Biennial Conference on Anti-Corruption. We are extremely indebted to you, Sir, for your gracious presence here this morning and for sparing your valuable time to deliver the Inaugural Address here today.

          2. I also take this opportunity to extend a warm welcome to Heads of Anti-corruption Bureaux of States and all the delegates who have come here to participate in this Conference from various parts of the country.

          3. The Central Bureau of Investigation hosts this Conference once in every two years. It provides a unique forum for all the agencies and officers engaged in anti-corruption and vigilance work to share their experiences and discuss such problems that they encounter in tackling corruption. This initiative is a part of efforts of the CBI to spearhead a concerted and nationally coordinated action against corruption.

          4. Corruption is a major challenge that confronts our nation. Corruption undermines our democracy, good governance and development process. It distorts human values, fosters inequity and injustice, and weakens public trust. Corruption, lack of accountability and integrity is contradictory to the rule of law and the principles of democracy.

          5. The government is determined to fight corruption and have initiated a series of concrete measures in this regard in the recent past. Hon'ble Prime Minister, in January this year, entrusted a Group of Senior Ministers with the task of formulating and putting in place a roadmap for strategizing and spelling out measures to tackle corruption in public life. We are putting in place comprehensive legislative frameworks to fight the menace of corruption across the board.

          6. These initiatives address the problems, including systemic ones, at their roots, and aim at providing effective governance, enhancing transparency and accountability. We are committed to making progress in our fight against corruption and will do everything in our power to clean the system.

          7. The moot objective is finding an effective way to eliminate corruption root and branch, while maintaining the fine balance of the institutions and respecting the basic structure of the Constitution. The task at hand is immense, but we need not be disappointed or frustrated by the enormity of this task.

          8. In the battle against corruption, anti-corruption agencies are one of the most important and powerful apparatus of the government. People also first look up to these agencies and expect you to go after those who are responsible, no matter what may be their position or their affiliation.

          9. I know that the task for our premier anti-corruption agency is tall and the resources are limited. But the difficulties and resource crunch should not come in the way. Every State Government wants sensitive cases to be referred to CBI Courts were also ordering CBI enquiry in some cases pending before them. CBI needs to be strengthened to meet the demands of the State Governments and Court directives. Government is willing to provide sufficient and adequate officers to the CBI in investigating the cases without any delay. The government has been providing and is always ready to provide all kinds of support and resources to the CBI in order to strengthen this institution and to make the fight against corruption effective and decisive. A proposal to strengthen the anti-corruption institutions in the states is also under consideration of the Govt.

          10. I hope the outcome of the two days' deliberations would be a milestone in evolving a durable strategy to combat corruption in our country. I once again thank the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India for having agreed to inaugurate this conference. I wish the conference a great success.

          Thank you.

          Jai Hind.