The Conference will be hosted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) between October 27 and October 29

In order to promote integrity and probity in public life through citizen participation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be inaugurating the National Conference on Vigilance and Anti-Corruption, on the theme of ‘Satark Bharat, Samriddh Bharat’ or ‘Vigilant India, Prosperous India’ on October 27.

PM Modi will be inaugurating the Conference through video conferencing. The conference is coinciding with the Vigilance Awareness Week observed every year between October 27 and November 2.

The Conference will be hosted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) between October 27 and October 29. During the Conference, a number of topics ranging from challenges in investigation to bank frauds will be discussed.

The topics include Challenges in investigation in foreign jurisdictions, Preventive Vigilance as a Systemic Check against Corruption, Systemic improvements for financial inclusion and prevention of bank frauds, Effective Audit as an Engine of Growth, Latest amendments to the Prevention of Corruption Act as an impetus to the fight against corruption, Capacity Building and Training, Multi Agency Coordination-an enabler for faster and more effective Investigation, Emerging Trends in Economic Offences, Cyber Crimes and Transnational Organized Crime-measures to Control and Exchange of Best Practices among Criminal Investigative Agencies.

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) later released a statement about the same. It said, “The Conference shall bring policy makers and practitioners on a common platform and will act as an enabler to combat corruption through systemic improvements and preventive vigilance measures, thereby ushering in good governance and accountable administration. This is a significant contributing factor for enabling ease of doing business in India.”

The Vigilance Awareness Week is organised every year to raise awareness and reaffirm India’s commitment to “promotion of integrity and probity in public life through citizen participation,” the statement said further.

Similarly, the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions called corruption a major hindrance to the progress of the nation.

“All sections of society need to be vigilant in order to uphold integrity in all aspects of our national life,” it said.

The Ministry has advised all the departments to undertake various activities during the week. It includes improvement of internal processes, time bound disposal of work and systemic improvements leveraging technology.

Making all processes transparent including payment to outsourced workers, house allotments, updation and digitization of assets including land records, condemnation of old furniture and weeding out old records following prescribed procedures have also been advised.