On Vigilance Awareness Week, Nagaland Governor and CM call for accountability and transparency DIMAPUR, OCTOBER 25 (MExN): The Nagaland state Vigilance Commission, in consonance with the rest of the country, is all set to observe ‘Vigilance Awareness Week’ from October 26 to 31 under the theme ‘Preventive Vigilance as a tool of Good Governance.’ Nagaland state Governor, PB Acharya, in a message for this occasion, urged the administration, institutions and individual officials to realise the need for bringing about greater transparency and accountability in the system of governance to minimise corruption. The week is observed to promote probity and integrity in governance, the Governor stated, while noting that governance encompasses the process, structures and organisational traditions that determine how power is exercised, how stake holders have their say, how decisions are made and how decision makers are held into account. Good governance, he said, includes governance through empowerment, participation, accountability, transparency, equity and justice. “It means freedom of information, a strong legal system and accountable administration of public funds with a clear mission to improve the quality of lives of citizens and establish legitimacy and credibility of institution.” He proposed that within offices and departments, strategic mechanism to facilitate good governance can be made. One of the strategies towards good governance is preventive vigilance, Acharya said, which involves studying the organisation, its policies and people to identify vulnerabilities to corruption and recommend corrective measures. The preventive tools for good governance involves cutting down administrative delays, reducing arbitrariness and discretion and decision making, simplification of rules and procedures and bring about more transparency, accountability and openness in government functioning, he added