Vigilance Awareness Week is being celebrated from October 29 to November 3, 2018. Vigilance means to be watchful, to be alert what is happening and what can happen. It is observed that people always have the wrong approach towards vigilance as they perceive vigilance as inquiry, fixing responsibility etc. but vigilance is not an investigation but it is prevention. To punish and not to prevent is like pumping the water through a pump without arresting the leakages which result in wastage of water, energy and time. Thus, Vigilance plays a proactive and positive role in good governance which helps in preventing corruption both in public and private sectors. Vigilance is an Institution that tries to keep the values and valuables of Government carefully in the public interest.
Today corruption is found to be one of the most damaging consequences of the poor governance system. It is characterised by a lack of both transparency and accountability. It is one of the factors responsible for poverty. Corruption has reached such alarming proportions in India that it has undermined the foundations of democratic governance. Corruption undermines good governance, distorts public policy, leads to waste of resources and hampers development.
Moral values are extremely important for our overall well-being. Positive moral values are important because they allow us to have an overall feeling of peace and joy. Moral values can give meaning and purpose to our life. When we live our life according to moral values that are based on honesty, compassion, courage, modesty, and forgiveness, then we are able to form positive bonds with other people. Incorporating the moral value of honesty in our life makes us trustworthy. In addition to honesty, we also need to incorporate the moral value of compassion into our life. Compassion allows us to have sympathy for the misfortunes of other people. The moral value of courage gives us the determination to face anything that impedes our progress through life. When courage is one of our moral values, we can bravely face the world. Moral values allow us to live our lives in a manner that we can be proud of. The bonds that we form with others will also be more fulfilling because we live our life according to honesty, compassion, courage, modesty, and forgiveness. Forgiveness allows us to move past hurtful or damaging situations. It allows us to abandon feelings of anger or resentment against others or ourselves.
(This is the first part of the Diary and the latter part will continue tomorrow.)
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