Today there is political will to attack corruption: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the joint conference of CVC & CBI through video conferencing in New Delhi on October 20, 2021. (PIB)

New Delhi: Today there is the political will to attack corruption and continuous improvement is also being carried out at the administrative level, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 20, 2021.

He was addressing the joint conference of the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) at Kevadia, Gujarat, through video conference

The Prime Minister emphasized that “in the last 6-7 years, the government has succeeded in instilling the confidence that it is possible to contain corruption. There is trust that people can get the benefit of the government schemes without middlemen and bribes. Now people feel that corrupt, howsoever mighty, will not be spared, wherever they go”.

PM Modi called upon the officers of CBI and CVC to rededicate themselves to abolish corruption from all walks of national life.

Corruption takes away the rights of people and hinders the pursuit of justice for all, nation’s progress and affects the collective power of the nation, said PM Modi.

Charting the government’s journey from maximum control and maximum damage to minimum government and maximum governance, the Prime Minister explained how his government undertook the task of reduction of government interference in the lives of the common people in a mission mode by simplifying the government procedures.

He said that this government does not mistrust the citizens and that is why, many layers of verification of documents have been removed and many facilities like birth certificate, life certificate for pension are being delivered through technology without middlemen.

“Steps like the abolition of interviews in Group C and Group D recruitment, an online and faceless procedure in services ranging from gas cylinder booking to tax filing are reducing occasions for corruption.”

Prime Minister Modi said this approach of trust and technology has strengthened efficient governance and ease of doing business. He remarked that many outdated rules regarding permissions and compliances for the businesses have been removed and, at the same time many strict laws in accordance with present-day challenges have been brought.  

“Much more compliance requirements are intended to be removed and most of the permissions and compliances have been made faceless and procedures like self-assessment and self-declaration are being encouraged.  GeM, the government e-marketplace has brought transparency in e-tendering. Digital footprints are making investigations easy. Similarly, PM Gati Shakti National Master Plan will remove many difficulties related to decision making.”

Prime Minister Modi emphasized that in this march of trust and technology country’s trust in the institutions and officers of CVC, CBI is critical.

“We should always keep the motto of nation-first foremost and always judge our work on the touchstone of public welfare and public concern”, he said, adding thta he will always back such a ‘karamyogi’ whose actions meet these criteria.

PM Modi exhorted the officers not to flinch from taking action against the corrupt and ensure that there is no safe haven for anyone who deceives the country and countrymen. 

He asked them to remove the fear of the system from the minds of the poorest of the poor. He also called for deliberation regarding technological challenges and cyber fraud. (Press Release)

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