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J&K To Mark Aug 5 As Day To Vow Against Graft

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By: Shabeer Ahmad
Updated: August 11, 2022 19:45
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SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Thursday ordered celebrating August 5 as the ‘Day of Resolution For Freedom From Corruption’.

The date assumes significance as it was on August 5, 2019 that the Government of India issued Presidential Order that resulted in the abrogation of Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

“It is hereby ordered that 5th of August every year shall be celebrated as ‘Day of Resolution for Freedom from Corruption’ in the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir,” the government said in an order on Thursday.

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“The occasion shall be marked with pledge-taking ceremonies in all public offices wherein all employees shall take an oath for rooting out corruption from public life and offices,” it reads.

“On the occasion, employees who have made remarkable contributions in eradication of corruption in past years shall be felicitated and awarded,” the order stated.

The government also ordered that the week following August 5, every year, shall be celebrated as ‘Vigilance Awareness Week’. It will be marked by conducting seminars and workshops on initiatives undertaken by various offices and institutions with regard to eradicating corruption and increasing public accountability and service delivery. Besides, promotion of activities related to digital governance and reduction of human interface in delivery of public services will also be carried out.

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“The IEC activities on increasing accountability and transparency in public offices shall also be conducted at all District/HoD/Administrative offices during the celebrations,” the order added.

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