IGNOU’s online forum for whistleblowers

People across the country would soon be able to file complaints online against corrupt officials, courtesy a joint project by IGNOU, CVC and the union HRD ministry, it was announced on Sunday on International Anti-Corruption Day.

The Central Vigilance Commission’s (CVC) ‘VigEye’ project, which allows people to submit corruption complaints online will be popularised by the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) through its 67 regional centres spread across the country.

R Sri Kumar, vigilance commissioner, CVC, brought forward the commission’s project, which is a platform for submitting complaint against corruption through mobile phones and internet.

‘People can lodge their complaint with the help of photographs, audiom and video and the project shall soon be upgraded to “VigEye Shree’’ “VigEye Vibhushan” and “VigEye Ratna” to encourage people to fight corruption. There has to be a change in the strategy. It is a long process today; by the time we take action the time elapses. Now, through VigEye, we shall reach out to the common people and tell them, what should be done and what should be avoided,’ he added.

According to Kumar, people can send a blank SMS or ‘VIGEYE’ to 09223174440 to get an SMS containing the registration link in their mobile. ‘Once you are registered, you can file a complaint.’ He also said, ‘We want to take this project further to the public domain for students and make it simpler to use so that the complaints can be lodged easily in audio, video and photography mode.’

Jaya Balachandran, retired additional secretary CVC, said, ‘We have been observing this day since the year 2010 where we discuss how educational institutions play a proactive role in reducing corruption.

Corruption is a distortion on public property in the realm of vital sectors of the society. With massive investments in such projects we need to plug corruption. If it is plugged, then a jump of 1.2 per cent
in our GDP is possible.’

Amit Khare, joint secretary and CVO, MHRD, spoke on how participative vigilance can be a part of their curriculum. He said, ‘There should be an online mechanism to contain corruption; have legislative measures like a bill to prohibit technical malpractices in the Parliament along
with a transparent educational system.’

Keshav Rao, director CVC, emphasised transparency in public vigilance, particularly in procurement and defined corruption as monopoly plus discretion minus accountability. And said that ‘Transparency, fairness, quality, time and value for money are various factors propagated by CVC for addressing different departments’.
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