AAI observes Vigilance Awareness Week to create awareness about effective vigilance and ethical governance
Words: S.N. Borkar, General Manager, Vigilance, AAI
Faster and effective growth in the contemporary era requires factors like efficiency, transparency and accountability, with utmost priority. These are also the backbone of effective vigilance. Vigilance is about protecting and forecasting external and internal dangers for an organisation by creating a wall of security. On similar lines, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) observed Vigilance Awareness Week (VAW) at all its airports with the noble theme of “Eradicate Corruption–Build a New India.”
The VAW 2018 commenced on October 29 with the undertaking of the integrity pledge by all employees of AAI. AAI Airports and its employees observed the week-long celebration of Vigilance Awareness by participating into various activities like E-pledge, Walkathon, and several competitions were conducted in schools and colleges as outreach activities in order to inculcate moral and ethical values in young children.
Participation and involvement of a vigilant public reflects the extent of awareness, further strengthening the resolution for elimination of corruption from the society. To promote righteousness among the public, the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) observes VAW every year. Every year, VAW takes place during the week of late Sardar Patel’s birth anniversary, which falls on October 31.
Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra, AAI Chairman, undertook the pledge of integrity along with the officials of AAI. The Corporate Vigilance Department (CVD) is set up at Corporate Headquarters (CHQ), Delhi and is supported by five Regional Vigilance Units at New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Guwahati. Headed by the Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO), the Vigilance Directorate intends to create a corruption-free organisational environment, conducive for high-level performance by each employee to achieve the Mission and Vision of AAI.
The concept of Integrity Pledge aims at preventing and combating corruption among citizens and corporates entities. Citizens and organisations taking the Integrity Pledge were acknowledged and appreciated for their commitment to the cause of anti-corruption. The concept of the pledge was promoted by setting up of an E-Integrity Pledge helpdesk counter at passenger areas and SHA (Security Hold Areas) of Airport Terminals to facilitate passengers volunteering for the anti-corruption movement.
Pamphlets containing information about the role and activities taken up by the Vigilance Department of AAI, the whistle blower mechanism and preventive vigilance measures were circulated throughout the week to AAI stakeholders and passengers. Also, feedback survey forms were obtained from passengers regarding the quality of services provided at airports. Details of the programme were also published in the local newspapers at some of the airports. The integrity march/ walkathon and a human chain carrying banners and placards were undertaken to create awareness about vigilance across all stratas of society.
At some airports, engaging street plays on the ethics and moral values of vigilance were also organised. Activities like essay writing, speech, debate, poster making, quiz competitions were organised for school kids of various regions. Uniting for the sole cause of eradicating corruption, students as well as teachers wholeheartedly participated in the movement by taking the integrity pledge. Souvenirs with AAI’s logo and the hallmark of observance of the VAW 2018, were presented to the principals of the participating schools and colleges during the outreach activities. Special Grievance Redressal camps at airports and units were organised to identify the actionable points for improvement in the system and procedures of AAI.
Significant attention to young minds
Vigilance is an integral component for ethical values and the earlier it is adapted, the better. To ensure that ethical values are ingrained permanently in the minds of the young generation, activities conducted in schools and colleges are aimed to be sustained over a period of time. Flagging off the this virtuous idea, the concept of the ‘Integrity Club’ was first introduced in AAI-managed schools in 2009.
Every year, a group of students are selected as members to the Integrity Club in these schools. The members carry out various activities based on the underlying foundations of moral values, ethics integrity, patriotism, tolerance, secularism, simplicity, honesty, love, compassion, responsibility, respect, non-violence and unity throughout the year.
During VAW 2018, AAI has decided to further spread their wings by incorporating more schools in this movement.
Intent of VAW
Eliminating corruption is vital so that the economic growth can readily spread to the needy sections of the society. However, efforts of several anti-corruption agencies to battle the problem will only be accomplished with the active participation of all the stakeholders involved, further implying that involvement of an aware, active, empowered and vigilant public is crucial for any anti-corruption campaign.
NSCBI kolkata Airport
- Essay and slogan-writing competitions were held for all AAI employees and their family members.
- E-pledge service was provided to passengers.
- A total of 437 passengers and staff took the pledge in a week.
- Drawing competitions were held at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Kolkata and B.P. Poddar Institute of Management and Technology.
- Posters and banners were displayed at vantage points at Terminal Building and Operational Building of Kolkata Airport.
- Prize and certificates were distributed to all the participants of the VAW 2018 at Kolkata Airport.
- Outreach activities like elocution, drawing, essay writing competition, poetry recitation, Integrity March and speeches were conducted in 26 schools in which 3,594 students attended as contestants and audience.
- Similar activities were conducted in 10 colleges in which 996 students participated.
- A total of 123 banners, standees and hoardings were displayed at various airports/units.
- Approximately 8,500 pamphlets containing information about the whistle blower mechanism and preventive vigilance measures were circulated.
- Feedback survey forms were obtained from passengers regarding the quality of services provided at airports.
- The integrity march/ walkathon/human chain performed plays on ethics and moral values in front of Terminal Buildings.
- Integrity Clubs have been inaugurated at two schools in Goa and Indore by the respective airport directors.
LGBI Airport, Guwahati
- Integrity club inaugurated at Shyambhumi High School by AAI officers.
- An essay competition was organised at Chandra Prabha High school, Guwahati.
- Slogan writing and speech competitions were organised for AAI employees at the office complex.
- A quiz competition for schoolchildren on current affairs and knowledge of vigilance was organised at St. Claret School, Guwahati.
- Focusing on the rural areas, Vigilance Awareness Camp was set by AAI officials in Local Panchayat-Garal.
- Walkathon was organised by the schoolchildren of MES School, Guwahati.
- An essay writing competition was held at D.K. Girls College, Mirza, Kamrup, Assam.
- Banners, posters and standees were displayed at various places at the airports and other units.
- Whistle blower mechanism and preventive vigilance measures were discussed throughout the week with the stakeholders and passengers.
- Integrity March/walkathon and a human chain, lectures and street plays on ethics and moral values were organised at the AAI-managed airports.
- E-Integrity Pledge helpdesk counter was set-up.
- Essay writing, speech, debate, poster-making and quiz competitions were organised in around 40 schools and colleges in the region.
- Souvenirs with AAI logo and observance of the Vigilance Awareness Week, 2018 were presented to the principals of the schools and colleges at the outreach activities.
- Integrity clubs were inaugurated at three schools in the Northern Region, one each at Jammu, Lucknow and Jaipur by the respective Airport Directors during the week.
- Special Grievance Redressal Camps at airports and units were organised for passengers and stakeholders.
Chennai international Airport
- AAI employees organised and formed a human chain and a short walkathon at the Chennai Airport.
- Passengers, staff and officers participated in competitions and workshops on various themes of integrity, honesty and eradication of corruption.
- Prizes were distributed for various competitions conducted for AAI employees, schools, colleges and staff during the week as outreach activities in order to inculcate good moral and ethical values.
- The Valedictory Function of Vigilance Awareness Week 2018 was conducted on November 2, 2018.