Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has stressed that every citizen can enjoy his rights and lead a better quality of life, only if there is good governance. He also said that the benefits of good governance must trickle down to everyone.
The Vice President was speaking an event at Vigyan Bhawan in Delhi, where he inaugurated the Vigilance Awareness Week, 2017 on Monday morning. He stressed on the need for clean polity for India to become a stronger economic power.
At the event organised by the Central Vigilance Commission, the Vice President said, “Without investment you cannot grow. You need investment. And the investment will come if the processes is made simple, if there is no harassment, if there is no corruption, then people will be happy coming to India and will invest money also.”
Naidu also said that India must strike at the roots of corruption. He noted that constant vigilance is required to ensure that the country is not eaten up by weeds and pests. He hailed demonetisation as an important endeavour to weed out corruption.
He also highlighted that the presence of a strong civil society including a free press and independent judiciary are important pre-conditions for good governance. He explained that a media that is objective, balanced and neutral in its reporting and ethical in functioning, can have a great impact.
“Unless you have free press. Also if you don’t have an independent judiciary, then good governance is not possible. The role of media and civil society in fighting the menace of corruption is also very very important. Media that is objective, balanced and neutral in its reporting and ethical, has great importance,” Naidu said.
The Vice President also exuded confidence that Central Vigilance Commission with other bodies like the Central Information Commission, the Election Commission of India and the Comptroller and Auditor General of India will potentially contribute to a clean and corruption-free India by 2022.
He also spoke about how leaders should lead by example.
“If the overhead tank is clean, then only we will get clean water. If overhead tank is itself polluted and you changed the tap, replace it by platinum or gold tap, you will not get pure water. Fortunately, in our country today, overhead tank is clean,” Naidu said, while referring to “corruption-free” governance under Modi regime.