Jammu Municipal Corporation today celebrated International Anti-Corruption Day. An impressive Pad Yatra was organized by JMC under the leadership of Mayor Jammu, Rajinder Sharma. The Rally started from Parade Ground and culminated at Hari Singh Park after passing through Parade Ground, Raj Tilak Road, Purani Mandi, Super Bazaar and Raghunath Bazaar.
Besides Councillors, officers and officials of Jammu Municipal Corporation, Students from various Schools, Colleges, Universities, Chamber of Commerce, a number of Traders Associations, Market Associations, Social Organisations, NGOs, Religious Gurus (Dharam Gurus), Senior Citizens, Park Associations, Morning Walkers Associations, Resident Welfare Associations, Hotel Associations, Various Trusts, Printer Associations, Taxi Unions also participated with great enthusiasm.
The Mayor along with all the participants took an Integrity pledge to make the system corruption free. One more pledge was taken on the road safety. Mayor, Jammu said that the main motive behind marking this day is to spread awareness about a corruption-free society.
“Everyone knows that corruption affects every section of the society. The purpose behind a day of this kind is to make people aware of the repercussions of indulging in corruption and motivate them to follow a righteous path,” he said.
The Mayor said “Each and every individual and even the organization should pledge not to be a part of any kind of corruption. While combating corruption can be hard, it isn’t impossible if everyone decides to back out and refuse to participate in corruption.
Any act of bribery or misuse of public positions that leads to the fulfillment of selfish motive is wrong. By saying no to corruption, we can help create more employment opportunities, achieve gender equality and secure wider access to essential services.
Above all, we can make a system fair for all.” He further said “We aim to take Jammu to the frontline cities of India. Corruption is not just a matter of a few rupees. On the one hand, corruption hurts the development of the country and at the same time corruption disrupts the social balance.
And most importantly, corruption plagues the trust that one places on the system of the country and the sense of belongingness. And hence, combating corruption is not just the responsibility of an agency or an institution but is a collective responsibility.
The onus of responsibility to change this situation is on all of us. He said International Anti-Corruption Day is observed on December 9 to raise awareness on the importance of getting rid of corruption. Corruption affects every area in our society and preventing corruption unlocks progress towards sustainable development goals.
It is not up to countries to unite and face this global problem but every single person, young and old has a role to play, prevent and counter corruption in order to promote resilience and integrity in society. To achieve this, policies, systems and measures must be in place for people to be able to speak up and “SAY NO TO CORRUPTION”.
Mayor, Jammu thanked all the Councillors, officers and officials of Jammu Municipal Corporation, Students from various Schools, Colleges, Universities, Chamber of Commerce, a number of Traders Associations, Market Associations, Social Organisations, NGOs, Religious Gurus (Dharam Gurus), Senior Citizens, Parking Associations, Morning Walkers Associations, Resident Welfare Associations, Hotel Associations, Various Trusts, Printer Associations, Taxi Unions and urged them to come forward in eradicating the corruption to make our INDIA Corruption free.