Vigilance Awareness Week was observed across India beginning from 31 October 2016 to promote probity in public life and achieve a corruption free society. The theme of the Vigilance Awareness Week 2016 was Public participation in promoting integrity and eradicating Corruption. The observance of week commenced with pledge taking by public servants in the Ministries, Departments, PSUs, Banks and all otherOrganisations. Several functions were organised to create awareness among the people about the corrupt practices as it adversely affects the development of the country.
• In addition to these activities, the concept of Integrity Pledge was envisaged for enlisting support and commitment of the citizens and corporate and firms to prevent and combat corruption.
The Week is organized every year by the Central Vigilance Commission as part of its efforts to promote probity in public life and to achieve a corruption free society.
The Central Vigilance Commission, under Para 3(v) of Government of India Resolution no 371/20/99/AVD-III dated 4 April 1999, declared that the week beginning from 31 October every year should be observed as the Vigilance Awareness Week.
The significance of 31 October is that it is the birthday of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel. He integrated the country and also was a shining example of probity in public life.
It is a five-day programme beginning from 31 October to 4 November.