Aizawl: Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga on Tuesday called upon denizens of Mizoram to free from corrupt practices and wrong doings.
Addressing a function in connection with observance of vigilance week at Vanapa Hall in Aizawl, Zoramthanga said vigilance week is being observed as a new initiative to educate the people to stay away from corruption and other evils.
Calling upon every individual not to be a nuisance to the society by keeping themselves away from corruption and social evils, he said that there is peace and tranquility in a place where righteous people live.
He said that the state government is making massive effort to ensure that truth and justice prevail in the state.
The three-time chief minister also pointed out that Mizoram is among pioneers in the Northeast region to establish corruption ombudsman Lokayukta. He asked the gathering to be a role model in maintaining honesty and integrity for the society.
Lokayukta chairman C Lalsawta said corruption is rampant in underdeveloped countries.
During the observance, officials and students took pledge to have an ethical conduct in the building of an honest, non discriminatory and corruption free society.
Commencing from October 28, Mizoram, along with rest of the country, has been observing vigilance week across the state to promote probity in public life through citizen participation.
The theme for the vigilance awareness week is ‘Integrity – A way of life’.
The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) was constituted by the Mizoram government according to prevention of corruption act, 1988. The bureau has unearthed many corruption cases and a number of people had been sent behind the bars for their corrupt practices.
In 2014, the state legislature passed the Mizoram Lokayukta Act. The corruption ombudsman was established in March this year and C Lalsawta was sworn in as the first chairman of state’s Lokayukta on March 11.