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Friday, December 9, 2011

International Anti-Corruption Day.

Staff Members of Sahidnagar MDG observed on 09.12.2011
More than 50% of the news now published in the dailies is about corruption. It has now been an issue that affects all countries around the world. Corruption broadly means destruction of one’s honesty or loyalty through undermining moral integrity or acting in a way that shows a lack of integrity or honesty. It also refers to those who use a position of power or trust for dishonest gain.  
Talking with reference to India, the current series of scams from defence to distribution and from CWG to 2G, there is no contradiction that most of the ministers and bureaucrats   required to work for building the nation as responsible representatives of the people and government are deeply involved in corruption for which an aam admi like Anna Hazare leaded the nation in brining a strong Jan Lokpal Bill to fight against corruption. When the question of bureaucrats’ involvement in corruption comes, undoubtedly it fingers towards all public servants who are prioritizing and satisfying their vested interests grossly ignoring the noble purpose of rendering selfless service to the nation for which they are appointed for. Workers build nation and we are confident that they can drive the nation out of corruption. While punishment to the corrupt and guilty is a must, a little effort may be taken simultaneously to motivate the public servants to stay away from corruption.
By resolution 58/4 of October 31, 2003, the UN General Assembly designated December 9 as International Anti-Corruption Day. This decision aimed to raise people’s awareness of corruption and of the role of the United Nations Convention against Corruption in combating and preventing it. The assembly urged all states and competent regional economic integration organizations to sign and ratify the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) to ensure its rapid entry into force. UNCAC is the first legally binding, international anti-corruption instrument that provides a chance to mount a global response to corruption.
The theme for the observance this year is “ACT – Against Corruption Today.”
Fighting corruption is an extraordinary task and hugely depends on the  will of those who hold power. Thus, realizing  our shared responsibility for  providing the ground to minimize or stop corruption from prospering, the staff of Sahidnagar Mukhya Dak Ghar observed the International Anti-Corruption Day on 09.12.2011 by organizing a meeting under the leadership of Sri B. Samal, Postmaster who, briefing the Do’s and Don’ts for Central Govt. employees in the light of C C S (Conduct) Rules explained the staff members to maintain absolute integrity while performing the official duty  and requested everybody to contribute  his best for a corruption free society. 
1.             Maintain absolute integrity all times.
2.             Maintain absolute devotion to duty at all times.
3.             Those holding responsible posts - Maintain independence and impartiality in discharge of your duties.
4.             Maintain decent and responsible conduct in private life.
5.             Observe proper decorum during lunch break.
6.             Render prompt and courteous service to the public.
7.             Report to the superiors the fact of your arrest or conviction in a Criminal court and the circumstances connected therewith, as soon as it is possible to do so.
8.             Keep away from demonstrations organized by political parties in the vicinity/ neighbourhood of government offices.
9.             Manage private affairs in such a way as to avoid habitual indebtedness or insolvency.
10.          Maintain political neutrality.
11.          Act in accordance with the government policies.
12.          Observe courtesy and consideration to Members of Parliament and State   Legislatures.
13.          If any legal proceeding is instituted for the recovery of any debt due from you or for adjusting you as an insolvent, report the full facts of such proceedings to the competent authority.
14.          In performance of duties in good faith, communicate information to a person in accordance with the 'Right to Information Act, 2005' and the rules made there under.
1.         Don’t indulge in acts unbecoming of a government servant.
2.             Don’t be discourteous, dishonest of partial.
3.             Don’t make joint representations in matters of common interest.
4.             Don’t adopt dilatory tactics in your dealings with public.
5.             Don’t convey oral instructions to subordinates.
6.             Don’t practise untouchability.
7.             Don’t associate yourself with any banned organizations.
8.             Don’t join any association or demonstration whose objects or activities are prejudicial to the interest of the sovereignty and integrity of India, Public order or morality.
9.             Don’t give expression to views on Indian or foreign affairs, while visiting foreign countries.
10.          Don’t get involved in unauthorized communication of any official document or any pat thereof or classified information to any government servant or any other persons to whom you are not authorized to communicate such document of classified information.
11.          Don’t join or support an illegal strike.
12.          Don’t enter into any private correspondence with foreign Embassies or Missions.
13.          Don’t accept lavish or frequent hospitality from any individual, industrial or commercial firms, organizations, etc. having official dealings with you.
14.          Don’t accept any offer of the cost of passage to foreign countries or hospitality by way of free board and lodging there, if such offers are from foreign firms contracting with Govt.
15.          Don’t accept invitations to you and members of your family for free inaugural flights offered by Air India, Indian airlines Corporations or foreign Airlines.
16.          Don’t give or take or abet giving or taking of dowry or demand any dowry directly or indirectly from the parent or guardian of a bride or bridegroom.
17.          Don’t accept any gift from any foreign firm which is having official dealings.
18.          Don’t engage yourself in canvassing business of life insurance Agency, commission agency or advertising agency owned or managed by the members of your family.
19.          Don’t lend or borrow money from or deposit money as a member or agent, with any person, firm or private company with whom you likely to have official dealings. Don’t otherwise place yourself under pecuniary obligation with such person, firm or private company.
20.          Don’t approach your subordinates for standing surety for loans taken from private sources either by you / your relations / friends.
21.          Don’t undertake private consultancy work.
22.          Don’t speculate in any stock, share or other investment.
23.          Don’t purchase shares out of the quota reserved for friends and associates of Directors of companies.
24.          Don’t bid at any auction of property where such auction is arranged by your own officers.
25.          Don’t stay as guest with foreign diplomats or foreign national in India.
26.          Don’t invite any foreign diplomat to stay with you as a guest in India.
27.          Don’t accept or permit your wife or dependants to accept passage money or free air transport from a foreign Mission/ Government or Organization.
28.          Don’t bring any political influence in matters pertaining to your service.
29.          Don’t consume any intoxicating drinks or drugs while on duty.
30.          Don’t appear in public place in a state of intoxication.
31.          Don’t indulge in any act of sexual harassment of any woman at her work place.
32.          Don’t employ children below 14 years of age.
33.          Don’t accept award of monetary benefits instituted by private trusts/ Foundations, etc.

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