Dejargoned: CVC’s integrity pledge
The government has been coming out with many programmes from time to time to create awareness among public regarding corruption, black money, not paying taxes on time, and how to avoid indulging in any such activities.
Recently, the income tax department came out with a scheme of honorary certificates where it awarded certificates to those taxpayers who have been regular with paying their taxes on time.
The integrity pledge is in line with these initiatives. This is an online pledge developed by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC). Through the pledge, the commission aims to garner “public participation in promoting integrity and eradicating corruption”.
3 steps for taking the pledge
The pledge can be taken by individuals as well as organisations. It can be taken by going to the income-tax website: www.incometaxindia.gov.in.
At the bottom left corner of the home page, under ‘important links’, you can find the link to ‘Take Integrity Pledge’. When you click on it, you will be directed to the Central Vigilance Commission’s link: pledge.cvc.nic.in.
The pledge can be taken in three simple steps: enter basic details, select pledge language, and read and take pledge. For basic details , you will have to fill information such as name, identity proof, date of birth, and mobile number.
At the bottom of this page, once you are through with filling the details, you can move on to the next page after selecting a language of preference to read the pledge.
The pledge can be taken in all the listed official Indian languages.
Among other things, it encourages the citizen or organisation taking the pledge, to follow the rule of law in all walks of life and to never take bribe and report any form of corruption.
Once you have read it, you can seek a one-time password on your mobile number and once you enter it, you get an integrity certificate that you can download, or keep on your mobile or email.
Experts say that this is a soft measure by the income tax department to engage public in tax- and corruption-related matters.
Although nobody monitors if you will keep the pledge in the future, it imposes a moral obligation on the oath taker to be a good citizen.