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The Untiring Eye: 50 Years of Central Vigilance Commission

The Untiring Eye: 50 Years of Central Vigilance Commission (Hardback)

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In any society the basic concern of the citizens is the goodness of the government. The organisations, systems and procedures of the government must not only be efficient and effective but also ethical, just and fair. Integrity therefore becomes an essential ingredient. The Central Vigilance Commission has come to occupy a nodal position as an institution which promotes good governance and integrity in the public affairs of this country. This book is a story of the 50 years of journey of the Central Vigilance Commission, a saga of institution building and fight against corruption. It recounts the birth of the Central Vigilance Commission in 1964 and its re-birth in a new form in 1998. It shows how public debate over the years has shaped this institution to enable it meet the expectations of the citizens and other stakeholders. Aiming to present a complex phenomenon in terms as lucid as possible, this book also uses interesting snippets and details that are soft on the eye and easy on the mind. The rare photographs, documents and interesting snippets try to recreate the bygone era. Some of the former Central Vigilance Commissioners share their experiences and narrate the challenges faced and contributions made by them. It is hoped that this book will not only create awareness among people about the institution of the Central Vigilance Commission but prove inspirational in their quest for good governance in this country.

The Government of India Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) is an apex Indian governmental body created in 1964 to address governmental corruption. It has the status of an autonomous body, free of control from any executive authority, charged with monitoring all vigilance activity under the Central Government of India, and advising various authorities in central government organizations in planning, executing, reviewing, and reforming their vigilance work. The organization is headed by the Central Vigilance Commissioner Pradeep Kumar.

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