Pune: The Corporate Vigilance Department of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) organised a two-day workshop titled ‘Preventive Vigilance: A Tool for Better Governance’ at Pune Airport based at Lohegaon recently. This workshop was designed for officials of smaller airports, remote stations with several interactive sessions by key dignitaries from the Corporate Vigilance Department, including RS Bhatti, IPS, Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO), AAI, and other senior officers and eminent speakers from various departments of AAI.
Regional Executive Director (Western Region) Keshav Sharma said, “Considering the exponential growth of the aviation sector and subsequent challenges, there is a need for ensuring effective decision making and adherence to rules and procedures with honesty in day-to-day official functioning at AAI.”
RS Bhatti, CVO, AAI, elaborated on various activities being organised in the AAI by its Vigilance Department. He mentioned various provisions in the Vigilance Manual and initiatives by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) such as the introduction of online Integrity Pledge for Citizen / stakeholders, making complaint through Public Interest Disclosure and Protection of Informers (PIDPI), resolutions by citizens and need of public participation in the anti-corruption campaign of the commission.
He stressed on the importance of each public servant to carry out his/her day-to-day functioning as a vigilance officer. “The officers at the ground level can avoid the first possible lapse/leakage. At the next level, the senior/controlling officer at airports/region can further avoid any possible lapse/leakage in the system. Finally, the Vigilance Department as per guidelines of the CVC’s Vigilance Manual takes care of the systems and procedures,” he said.
This interactive workshop also deliberated on various preventive vigilance measures being followed to achieve good governance in AAI. In one of the sessions, participants also shared their experience as ‘My Success Story in AAI’. Under preventive vigilance, the Corporate Vigilance Department of AAI has planned to conduct 17 such workshops across the country. The first workshop of the series was organised at Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati.
The workshop was inaugurated by Keshava Sharma in the presence of Ajay Kumar, Airport Director, Pune and Deputy Chief Vigilance Officer (Technical), Corporate Vigilance Department, AAI. The programme was attended by 54 participants from various airports in the Western Region such as Aurangabad, Bhavnagar, Juhu, Jamnagar, Kandla, Keshod, Pune, Porbandar, etc.