Reporting Corruption and Raising Awareness through Notice Boards

The Central Vigilance Commission of the Government of India has issued a circular urging all Departments and Organizations to display a standard notice board in their offices to sensitize the public about corruption. The notice board should prominently feature a message from the Commission discouraging bribery and providing information on reporting corruption.

The notice should be displayed in English, Hindi, and the local language. The circular also requires the inclusion of contact information for the department head, Chief Vigilance Officer, and Superintendent of Police, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Complaints can be made to the Central Vigilance Commission through their website or in accordance with their Complaint Handling Policy. The compliance report for implementing these guidelines is expected from all Chief Vigilance Officers.

Sensitizing the Public about corruption – display of standard notice board by Departments/Organizations

No.99/VGL/16
Government of India
Central Vigilance Commission

Satarkta Bhawan, Block-A,
GPO Complex, INA,
New Delhi- 110023
Dated the 5th June, 2009

Circular No. 14/6/09

Sub:- Sensitizing the Public about corruption – display of standard notice board by Departments/Organizations – reg.

Please refer to the Commission’s circular No. 8(1) (g)/99 (4) dated 12.03.1999, Office Order Nos. 37/7/03 dated 17.07.2003 and 34/5/04 dated 14.05.2004 regarding ‘Improving Vigilance Administration-Sensitizing the public about corruption’. According to these orders, all Departments/Organizations are required to prominently display a standard notice board in the reception area of each of their offices about the message of the Commission for not giving bribe to any Official etc.

  1. The Commission has reviewed the position and observes that some of the Departments/Organizations are not following the practice of displaying the notice boards. In order to improve vigilance administration and to sensitize the public, vendors, contractors and suppliers etc. having dealings with the respective Departments/Organizations, it is felt that such notice boards need to be displayed by each Department/Organization. Accordingly, all Departments/Organizations should display the board in the following format, in English, Hindi and as well as in the vernacular language of the area, as below:

“DO NOT PAY BRIBES. IF ANYBODY OF THIS OFFICE ASKS FOR BRIBE OR IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON CORRUPTION IN THIS OFFICE OR IF YOU ARE A VICTIM OF CORRUPTION IN THIS OFFICE, YOU CAN COMPLAIN TO THE HEAD OF THIS DEPARTMENT, OR THE CHIEF VIGILANCE OFFICER/THE SUPERINTENDENT OF POLICE, CENTRAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION AND THE SECRETARY, CENTRAL VIGILANCE COMMISSION”.

All complaints to the Central Vigilance Commission may be made in terms of its ‘Complaint Handling Policy’ which is available in public domain on the Commission’s website i.e. www.cvc.gov.in . Complaints can also be lodged online on Commission’s website.

  1. In addition to above message to be displayed, the designation, complete address, telephone/fax nos. and E-mail address of the Head of the Department, Chief Vigilance Officer and SP, CBI may be displayed. In so far as the Commission is concerned, only the designation and address of the Secretary, CVC need to be displayed on the notice board.
  2. All CVOs may note the above revised guidelines and furnish compliance report in the matter expeditiously.

(J. Vinod Kumar)
Under Secretary

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