Vigilance Awareness Week 2021: CVC lauds ONGC initiatives to boost transparency, integrity

Speaking at the launch of Vigilance Awareness Week 2021 at DUB Delhi, Central Vigilance Commissioner Suresh N Patel lauded the efforts of ONGC in undertaking digitalization initiatives like introduction of Vendor Invoice Management System (VIMS). Mr Patel noted that such initiatives not only establishes the good governance of ONGC but also boosts the nation’s economy. He also lauded ONGC for having very less pending vigilance cases, noting that “it is a good HR practice to complete cases within time”.

[From left] Director (HR), CVC, CMD, CVO, CVC Additional Secretary and OVL MD on the dais
[From left] Director (HR), CVC, CMD, CVO, CVC Additional Secretary and OVL MD on the dais

The CVC was the Chief Guest at the launch of ONGC’s Vigilance Awareness Week 2021. The event of was also graced by the presence of ONGC CMD Subhash Kumar, ONGC Videsh Limited Managing Director Alok Gupta, Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) Anant Kumar Singh (IPS), Director (HR) Dr Alka Mittal. CVC Additional Secretary Dr Praveen Kumari Singh also attended the launch. Director (Exploration) RK Srivastava, Director (T&FS) OP Singh and OVL Director (Finance) Vivekanand were also present during the occasion. Director (Offshore) Pankaj Kumar joined virtually from Mumbai. The event was compèred by GM (Civil) Corporate Vigilance, Delhi Vineeta Mehta Pandit.

(From left in the bottom row) Director (Exploration), ED – Chief Security, Director (T&FS) and OVL Director (Finance) in attendance
(From left in the bottom row) Director (Exploration), ED – Chief Security, Director (T&FS) and OVL Director (Finance) in attendance

CVC noted that for better governance organization should focus more on preventive vigilance. He said that while the people doing wrong should be penalized, people doing good in handling cases should also be appreciated. Mr Patel cited that the Central Vigilance Commission has picked up four cases from the past where officials have displayed exceptional performance and will be awarded during the Vigilance Awareness Week.

Mr Patel said that there should be zero tolerance towards corruption and organizations should not shy away from taking harshest action against corruption. He said that not just the management but every employee of an organization should be vigilant, especially at challenging times as now.

CVC addressing the gathering
CVC addressing the gathering

Mr Patel further noted that organizations should put the best people to work to build confidence among contractors, business partners and other stakeholders. He stated that to handle tenders transparently and efficiently money should circulate seamlessly and all processes should be taken in accordance to the terms and conditions. So that no deviation is encouraged.

On rapid digitalization of the general operations at organizations, Mr Patel said technology should certainly be used for better transparency and speed, but people using the technology should also be properly trained to use it. “Proper grooming of the employees is key for organizational success. Capacity-building and technology are co-related. Any amount spent on training is not expenditure but it is an investment to achieve long-term success,” said Mr Patel.

Mr Patel also spoke on anonymous and pseudonymous complaints being filed at the CVC. “We handle around 30,000 complaints per year, among which around 6,500 are from either anonymous sources or by false names. In most cases the complainant does not want to reveal his/her identity. To resolve this, the government has introduced Public Interest Disclosure & Protection of Informers (PIDPI) policy through which the identity of the person will be known to just a small department of CVC,” he said.

Mr Patel also thanked ONGC for supporting the CVC conference, attended by CBI Director and the Prime Minister, at Kewadiya of Gujarat earlier this year. He noted that the conference was massively impactful for discussing policy changes in the vigilance module. As a token of thanks, CVC gifted ONGC CMD a certificate of appreciation along with a booklet on initiatives for preventive vigilance.

ONGC CMD Subhash Kumar noted that the presence of the CVC on the very first day of the Vigilance Awareness Week is the acknowledgement of ONGC’s positive role in vigilance administration. Stating that the theme of this year’s VAW is apt, CMD said that integrity and transparency are very important for any professional workplace to maintain a hassle-free work culture for all stakeholders. Mr Kumar urged all PSUs to rise to the call of the CVC and collectively work towards self-reliance in a transparent way.

ONGC CMD speaking on the occasion
ONGC CMD speaking on the occasion

He asserted that ONGC has always been pioneering in enabling such ease of business for its business partners. Mentioning some of the pioneering initiatives recently taken by ONGC, CMD said that ONGC has introduced the VIMS platform in September 2021, which will cut delays and is eyed to bring in more transparency. CMD mentioned that ONGC has launched two new email ids during the Vendor Meet 2021 to enable ease of doing business for business partners. He said that the stakeholders will; now be able to provide suggestions or report regarding delays through the new emails.

Mr Kumar further informed about ONGC’s paperless office initiative, through which all documents are submitted online, to bring in better transparency and build trust among stakeholders. He said that all tender related documents have been made available in ONGC’s corporate website to build confidence among business partners. Mr Kumar also mentioned about other initiatives taken by ONGC recently like the Government e-Marketplace (GeM) portal, DISHA portal, whistleblower policy, corporate governance system, etc.

Mr Kumar noted that we can achieve self-reliance by eliminating discretion, which is the root of most problems. “We need to transit from a system of first among equal to equal among equal,” he said.

ONGC CVO during the welcome address
ONGC CVO during the welcome address

Earlier, delivering the welcome address, ONGC CVO Anant Kumar said the best way to fight corruption is to make system and proceeding robust. He said that whether there is skill-competence, justice and success is the factor that judges if an organization is self-reliant and robust. He said that every employee should personally be vigilant against corruption. “Maintaining silence on corruption is encouraging corruption,” said Mr Kumar.

Director (HR) delivering the vote of thanks
Director (HR) delivering the vote of thanks

Director (HR) Dr Alka Mittal delivered the Vote of Thanks. She noted that a good organization will always maintain the framework of system for sustainable growth. “Integrity is doing the right thing when no one is watching,” said Dr Mittal.