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          A workshop on “Evolution of Laws relating to Anti Corruption Measures and their Implementation” was organized by the Vigilance Department of East Coast Railway at ECoR headquarters, Rail Sadan, Bhubaneswar yesterday.

Addressing the seminar on the occasion, Shri Umashankar Mishra, IPS & Former Director of Central Bureau of Investigation (C.B.I) urged upon the Railway Officers to come forward and deliver their duties without any fear or bias. They should also enhance their knowledge on professional field; know the rules and working system instead of simply following by others while taking any important decision. He also said that, the decentralization of power sometimes helps and sometimes damages the system and encourage the corruption. The corruption at the highest level must be checked. The investigating organizations like CBI & Vigilance should be autonomous and free from Govt. clutches to deliver impartial and judicious decisions, which will help common people at large.

         Presiding over the function, Shri Indra Ghosh, General Manager, East Coast Railway expressed his happiness and appreciated the Vigilance Department’s attempt in eradicating corruption in Railway system. In addition to the financial honesty, intellectual honesty is more required i.e. the existence of morality amongst staff and officers & devotion to duties with all knowledge on Railway System and Workings.

        While giving the welcome address, Shri Subrat Tripathy, Sr. Deputy General Manager cum Chief Vigilance Officer of East Coast Railway informed about the awareness campaign undertaken by the Vigilance Department of East Coast Railway. He also sought help and co-operation from each and every department and also every staff & officers to help eradicate corruption in Railway working.

        Dy. Chief Vigilance Officers of East Coast Railway Shri M.K. Behera and Shri P.K. Patel co-ordinated the program. The seminar was attended by all Principal Officers of East Coast Railway.

       A seminar was also organised at Khurda Road Division to mark the occasion of Vigilance Awareness Week, wherein eminent journalist Dr. Ashok Panda addressed the Senior Officers and Staff in Khurda Road Division. Dr. Panda urged the Railway Staff and Officers to feel the belongingness and possessiveness towards the organisation. They should work for the system instead of appeasing the mighty. Presiding over the Seminar Divisional Railway Manager Shri S.K. Mohanty said that Corruption is a very indivisual term. It all depends on the person concerned to what extent one can keep himself free from corrupt practices. He cited many examples where one can conduct himself with good morality and remain spotless. Although, it is very difficult to practice it. Shri M.K. Poddar, Addl. Divisional Railway Manager gave the welcome address and also thanked the guests for attending the programme.

(J. P. Mishra)
Chief Public Relations Officer

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