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Chairman Dr. E. Ramesh Kumar inaugurates vigilance awareness week at MPT

“Celebrations like Vigilance Awareness Week are measures to inculcate and enlighten all the stakeholders in the process, which includes the employees of MPT, Public, the Civil Society, and the Media. A vast nation like India with unlimited wants and limited resources, it is important to use the resources in a judicious and substantive manner. For this I believe transparency is important in an era of transparent governance and responsive and responsible administration. There is every need to have a corruption free environment, and in order to achieve this, a multipronged approach is envisioned.  

Apart from taking measures like enhancing business and ensuring good and transparent governance there is also a need to have strong foundation in truth and morality. For this it calls for involvement and determination of every stakeholder to serve with honesty and integrity in making our country a corruption free country” said Dr. E. Ramesh Kumar IAS, Chairman MPT. He  was addressing the gathering  as the Chief Guest  at the inaugural function of the Vigilance Awareness Week celebrations at MPT on 29th Oct 2018.  

This was the first time that Dr. E. Ramesh Kumar, IAS, Chairman, was addressing the port officers, employees and staff together at a formal function such as the Vigilance Awareness Week celebrations. Justice  Avinash Pundalik Lavande, (Retd. High Court Judge) was the Guest of Honour and keynote speaker  on the theme ‘Eradicate Corruption –Build a New India’.  In his keynote address he touched on the various aspects of corruption and how it can be curbed.  

‘In short, if you see the definition of Corruption, it is nothing but moral deterioration. During the last 70 years after independence, we have seen a lot of development in our country in all fields, whether it is social, economic, nuclear science, or education. But unfortunately the levels of corruption have also not come down. It should be reversed, when development takes place, corruption should come down.  When we speak of corruption, normally it is seen in terms of monetary corruption. But it is not so, corruption can be of two types, monetary corruption and intellectual corruption. When we speak of corruption, the act of corruption is not complete, unless there are two parties there. There can’t be one sided corruption, on one end there is a person who receives, and on the other side there is a person who gives. There could be various reasons for giving and various reasons for receiving’ said Justice  Avinash Pundalik Lavande, (Retd. High Court Judge) who was the Guest of Honour and keynote speaker. 

The function began with the lighting of the traditional brass lamp at the hands of the Chief Guest, the Guest of honour and Special invitee Shri G.P. Rai, Dy. Chairman, MPT and Shri G.M. Gadakar, AXEN (Vigilance).  Shri Gadkar, welcomed the gathering and highlighted the importance of observing the Vigilance Awareness Week.  

A panel discussion on the topic ‘Who is responsible for corruption – system or the people?’  was moderated by Shri Daniel F de Souza, and the panelist were Shri Agnelo Fernandes, Chief Officer MMC Vasco, Cmdr.  T.R.A. Nararyanan, Editor, Vasco Watch, and Capt. Eddie Viegas, Ship and Marine Surveyor. The panel discussion received a good response from the audience present at the function and spontaneous questions which were raised received satisfactory answers from the panelists. Shri Piedade Rodrigues AXEN (E), compered the function, whilst Shri Michael Mascarenhas, JE (Mech), proposed a vote of thanks.


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