- Kiren Rijiju has proclaimed a zero tolerance towards towards corruption.
- The minister also revealed a plan to deploy grading system across the country's SAI centres.
- He was speaking at the inauguration of the two-day vigilance seminar named “Preventive Vigilance and Integrity: A way of life”
Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju inaugurated a two-day vigilance seminar named “Preventive Vigilance and Integrity: A way of life”, on Wednesday. During the Sports Authority of India organised event, the minister revealed that a system of grading SAI centres across the country may be discussed that would help the country prepare for the near future.
“This can be done to ensure a transparent system. Grading could be done on the basis of level of integrity maintained by officers of a particular centre or how competent the authorities are. We are yet to discuss this matter but it can be a way forward,” he said.
Rijiju also discussed about his aim to ensure that India reached the top 10 in the Olympic medals tally.
Rijiju’s Take on Corruption
Speaking on corruption in sports, the minister said, “We must be competent ourselves, not tolerate corruption and help the talent that is present to flourish. If all these things fall into place, which I’m sure will happen, India can reach great heights.”
Rijiju also highlighted the importance of maintaining integrity for growth of sports culture. “Each of us must maintain the highest level of personal integrity because we are custodians of SAI, and we cannot indulge in activities that harm or undermine this organisation.”
Secretary of the ministry of sports Radheshyam Julaniya, Sandip Pradhan, SAI Director General, and Anindo Majumdar, secretary of the Central Vigilance Commission were some of the most prominent speakers. They addressed issues in relation to integrity at the workplace, that includes remedial actions so as to ensure fair procurement of goods and services. This is a critical aspect at all SAI centres.