Govt, civil society, people must stamp out corruption from India: VP Naidu

New Delhi: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday termed corruption as the major malaise affecting growth and development of the country and called upon the government, civil society and people at large to work together to stamp out the menace from society.
Addressing the gathering after unveiling the statue of BR Ambedkar, father of our Constitution, at premises of office of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) here, he noted “To this day, our Constitution remains a sacred book and a guiding beacon on all matters and asked every citizen of the country to strive to ensure that the sanctity of our Constitution is upheld at all times and never violated.”
Observing that India had one of the most robust Constitutions in the world, Mr Naidu lauded the stellar contribution made by Dr Ambedkar in drafting the Constitution and the pioneering role he played in guiding the nation at a critical juncture.
Describing him as a multi-faceted genius — a visionary statesman, philosopher, towering intellectual, eminent jurist, economist, writer, social reformer and a humanist par excellence, he observed that Dr Ambedkar was the messiah of the oppressed. All through his life, he strongly believed in gender equality and emancipation of women through education and strove to dismantle the caste barriers and ensure equality for all people, Mr Naidu added, an official release here said.
Applauding the CAG for being a strong and credible institution, the Vice President credited the framers of the Constitution, particularly Dr Ambedkar for ensuring independence and wide mandate to the CAG. He said the core values of the CAG — independence, objectivity, integrity, reliability, professional excellence, transparency and positive approach — drew inspiration from the life and work of Dr Ambedkar. He called accountability, transparency and good governance as very essential for the democracy.
The Vice President credited the reports of the CAG and the consequent deliberations in the committees of the legislatures for having led to various changes in the regulatory framework, governance structures and delivery mechanism of the government, ensuring economy, efficiency and effectiveness of government operations.
He also complimented the CAG for acquiring an excellent reputation among the international community of Supreme Audit Institutions (SAI) and for its endeavour to become a fully paperless office by 2022.
Earlier, Comptroller and Auditor General Rajiv Mehrishi welcomed the gathering and Deputy CAG Anita Pattanayak proposed vote of thanks.