Founded in 1993, Transparency International today has a network of more than 100 locally established National Chapters, with the International Headquarters in Berlin. These bodies fight corruption in the national arena in a number of ways. They bring together relevant players from government, civil society, business and the media to promote transparency in elections, in public administration, in procurement and in business. TI’s global network of chapters and contacts also use advocacy campaigns to lobby governments to implement anti-corruption reforms.
“Think you can’t fight corruption? Think again!” TI's biggest success has been to put the topic of corruption on the world's agenda. International Institutions such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund now view corruption as one of the main obstacles for development, whereas prior to the 1990s this topic wasn't broadly discussed. More and more countries are now accepting the reality of corruption and its deleterious effects on the country and its people. TI also played a vital role in the introduction of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).
9th Dec is celebrated around the world as International Anti Corruption Day. This day marks the day when United Nation’s Convention against Corruption came into force in 2004. Signed by 140 countries this Convention provides guidelines to member countries on ways to fight corruption by bringing about appropriate changes in their policies and regulations and to join forces to track and bring to justice economic offenders who manage to cross borders. This day is used to impress upon the public that Corruption is not inevitable and can be stopped and to put pressure on the political leadership to make the functioning of the Government transparent and therefore less corrupt.
Transparency International India was formed in 1998, by a group of eminent dedicated people, in New Delhi and since then has been very active in pressurizing the Government. Promotion of Integrity Pact, formation of Citizen’s Charters, E Governance, Voter Education, Electoral Reforms and Corruption Studies has been high on its list. Transparency India, Uttarakhand was formed in January 2003, with Air Vice Marshall (Rtd) VB Batra as its Chairman and Mrs. Jaya Gupta as its Secretary. The State Branch has been actively supporting the Central office in various projects. Being in its infancy the branch has been gradually expanding by inducting well motivated individuals, who can make a difference. The chapter has offered its services and full cooperation in setting up transparent procedures, to the state government departments. To assess the extent of corruption in various Government Departments, India Corruption Study 2007 was carried out in Uttarakhand last month, as a part of a National Survey. Its report would be ready soon. To lend a helping hand in fighting corruption in Uttarakhand, join the chapter by filling up an online form at http://www.tiindia.in. It is only when each and every one of us join the chorus of protest that we can win this war against corruption. On this day, the 9th of December, we must solemnly pledge not to encourage corruption and to speak out against it at each and every opportunity we get. Lend us a helping hand, and together we can and will make a difference.
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