HYDERABAD: “Desire is the root cause of ruin as extolled by Gautama Buddha. It is this inherent weakness in the human being which makes us indulge in corrupt acts. Therefore, corruption is a moral evil and can be eradicated only by inculcating morality in our thoughts and actions,” Nalsar University of Law vice-chancellor Faizan Mustafa has said.
Delivering the keynote address at the launch of Vigilance Awareness Week of South Central Railway and a seminar on the theme ‘Preventive Vigilance as a Tool of Good Governance’ at Rail Nilayam Auditorium in Secunderabad on Monday, Faizan Mustafa said power and authority breed corruption and the two needed to be always kept in a check.
Elaborating on good governance, he said “prevention is not just better than cure but is the only cure.” He lauded the efficient working of Railways which could be possible only with the commitment of its workforce. During crackdown on corrupt practices, honest officers should not be harassed since that would demoralise sincere officers.
SCR general manager Ravindra Gupta detailed the steps taken by the railways to check corruption. “The zone has taken the lead to ensure transparency by placing the Citizens Charter on its website and presenting virtually every important aspect in the public domain,” he said.
The vigilance department of SCR was conducting preventive checks, taking prompt action on complaints and undertaking system improvement and these measures would go a long way in curbing corruption, Gupta added.
SCR additional general manager Umesh Singh also spoke. Earlier, senior deputy general manager & chief vigilance officer Gajanan Mallya, in his welcome address, gave an account of the work being undertaken by the vigilance wing with the objective of ‘Zero Tolerance of Corruption’.
A ‘Vigilance Bulletin’ was released on the occasion.