Nagaland Guv calls for anti-corruption drive

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Kohima, Oct 30 (UNI) Nagaland Governor K Sankaranarayanan has called upon the people to rededicate themselves towards checking and removing of all forms of corruption from society.

On the occasion of the ''Vigilance Awareness Week'' beginning tomorrow, Mr Sankaranarayanan underscored that corruption was a menance that struck at the very foundation of society and affected the economy of the entire nation.

''It manifests itself in various forms like favouritism, nepotism and financial corruption. We need to take proactive steps to eliminate this virus among us,'' he said.

Asserting that the enactment of legislation like Right to Information Act and Prevention of Corruption Act have helped to control corruptions to some extent, the governor felt the need of conscious efforts by the public servants for regaining the trust of the society.

'' They should not indulge in corrupt practices directly or indirectly. Society has to ensure that the honest people are rewarded and respected, while the corrupt is duly punished,'' he maintained.

Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, in a separate message, urged all the heads of administrative departments to seriously discuss with their officers to find out ways and means to ensure that resources meant for development were not misused.

Mr Rio reminded that the worst victims of corruption were the poor people.

The Chief Minister also requested his colleagues and government employees to cooperate with the state vigilance commission for curbing corruption, thereby helping to shape a better tomorrow for the present and future generation.

The vigilance awareness week will be observed between October 31 and November Four.

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