Corruption impacts socio-eco fabric of society: CUK VC
Srinagar: The Vice Chancellor of Central University of Kashmir (CUK), Prof. Farooq Ahmad Shah on Tuesday said the rampant corruption adversely impacts the socio-economic fabric of the society.
In his address during an awareness programme organized by the CUK’s Department of Students Welfare (DSW) to observe the Vigilance Awareness Week, the VC said the corruption breeds inequality and injustice in the society and further widens the gap between the haves and have-nots.
“Corruption in public institutions shakes the peoples’ confidence. The government agencies including the Anti-Corruption Bureau and Central Vigilance Origination should take strict and punitive action against those involved in corruption and malpractices,” he said.
Prof. Farooq Shah said there were various laws and regulations formulated by the government to check the menace of corruption, but “what matters is the one’s conscience.”
“The sensitization and awareness programmes like these are the need of the hour to educate the students and masses about their crucial role and responsibility to inform the anti-graft bodies about the malpractices,” he said.
In his presentation, SSP, ACB Srinagar Zahoor Ahmad Wani said the corruption erodes trust, weakens democracy, hampers economic development and further exacerbates inequality, poverty, social division.
“Our freedom and rule of law is directly impacted by corruption as it creates instability. Corruption increases social evil with an increase in gaps between haves and have-nots,” the SSP ACB said.
“Our chance for a healthy environment and a sustainable future are directly impacted with brazen exploitation of resources for private gains,” he said.
He said the economy of the country is greatly impacted which can result in grave negative consequences in the development of the country.
He also appealed to the conscientious citizens to come forward with their complaint against the corrupt officials so that suitable action could be initiated against them.
CPO, ACB, Ghulam Jeelani Dar in his presentation said the Vigilance awareness week is observed every year to encourage all stakeholders to collectively participate in the prevention of and fight against corruption and to raise public awareness.
He asked the youth to come forward and encourage the whistle blowers to highlight the malpractices in the institutions.
Finance Officer and Dean DSW Dr. Mehraj ud Din Shah in his address described corruption as the biggest malice and challenge faced by the nation.
“The corrupt officials misusing their official position for personal gains and vested interests should be identified and booked under law,” he said.
Deputy SP ACB Hamid Ali Banday, PO ACB Reyaz Ahmad Dar, Inspectors Pervez Ahmad Rather and Waseem Lone also spoke on the occasion.
Deputy DSW Tulmulla Dr Asif Khan conducted the programme proceedings and highlighted the role of students in curbing the corruption.
Deputy DSW Nuner, Dr. Muhammad Latief, faculty members and senior functionaries of the university were also present on the occasion.