As Nagaland along with the whole nation observed the Vigilance Week 2016 under the theme “Public participation in promoting integrity and eradicating corruption” at town hall, Dimapur on October 31, the students of Salesian College participated the same. The names of the college representatives are: Poupao Vemai (6th Sem.), John Thur (6th Sem.), Jangsingam Gonmei (6th Sem.), Stephen Ezung (4th Sem.), Peter Canisius Agitok Sangma (4th Sem.). They were accompanied by Asst. Professor Daisinlung Sebastian Kamsuan. The organizing committee awarded SCHE with a certificate for participation.
Vigilance commissioner, Nagaland, K. T. Sukhalu IAS (Rtd) in his keynote address said that corruption was cancerous which every citizen must strive to cure. He observed that many new leaders on campaign declare their determination to eradicate corruption but soon they themselves become corrupted. He said that if people do not act now to remove corruption from the root, Nagaland would remain a developing state. People as citizens of the state are the solution for removing corruption and help to develop Nagaland, he said.
Sukhalu was also disheartened to see corrupt people after taking bribe talking about the high moral standards and urged the people to follow the principles and ideologies of Mahatma Gandhi. Terming election as the root of corruption, Sukhalu appreciated the NBCC’s call for clean election. He was optimistic that various affiliated association/churches across the state would carry forward the message to their respective members. He however, felt that the church should also introspect on the source of its funds. Giving importance to raising awareness and educating the public about corruption, he said that function of different NGOs should be educating and creating awareness about corruption issues among the general public. Commissioner also stated RTI as the powerful means of preventing corruption and has a good number of success stories but regretted to hear huge sum of money being offered to the applicants and manipulating documents while furnishing the details by the department officials.
Commenting on the role of youths towards a corruption free society, Sukhalu said that the nation belongs to its youth and the youths can do a great deal in this matter but must be careful not to take up misguided ideals and ideas. He also felt the need to take up politics, to give new dimension and relevance and law also must ensure protection and rights to its citizens who believe in it. “We must remember that however much the corrupt insist on corruption, it can be rooted out by the public saying “No” he said. Sukhalu also administered the Vigilance Pledge.
Short speeches on the theme was also delivered by president, Naga Council Dimapur, Bangerloba, president, Naga Women Hoho Dimapur, Hukheli T. Wotsa, president, DNSU, Sungkum Aier and DC Dimapur, Kesonyu Yohmi.
The programme was chaired by Director & DIGP, I. Meyionen while the vote of thanks was proposed by TDP& special judge, State Vigilance Commission, Nino Iralu. Other highlights of the programme included reading of messages from Governor and Chief Minister, special song by officers and staff of vigilance commission. Sr. SP, K. Shiwoto Wotsa was the moderator during the interactive session.