The Odisha Power Generation Corporation (OPGC) on 20th December signed an MoU with Transparency International India (TII) committing itself, its suppliers and contractors for adoption of Integrity Pact, a tool developed by International, to ensure that all activities and transactions between the company and their suppliers and contractor are dealt in a fair, transparent and corruption free manner.
The MoU was signed at Bhubaneswar in the presence of Ministers Mr. Praffula Ghadai, Mr. Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak , Senior Govt. officials, representatives of OPGC, TII and vendors of OPGC. On behalf of OPGC, Mr. Venkatachalam K., MD signed the MoU while Mr. P.S. Bawa, Chairman, Transparency International India was the other signatory of the pact.
Odisha is the first State PSU joining hands with TII to pioneer transparency and fairness in its operation. According to the terms agreed upon in the MoU, OPGC will appoint competent and credible Independent External Monitor (IEM) in consultation with TII to review independently and objectively, whether and to what extent the parties comply with the obligations under this agreement. Finance Minister Mr. Prafulla Chandra Ghadai congratulated the officials of OPGC for being the first state PSU in adopting this integrity pact with TII. However, utmost care need to be taken to properly implement this program and periodical review has to be maintained by OPGC for consistent improvement, he said.
Energy Minister, Mr. Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak, said “It is a new initiative that has been taken by the state PSU OPGC and this will certainly bring transparency and transformation in the operations. It is important to implement this initiative towards creating corruption free environment and OPGC is committed towards transparency in all operations leading to better operational efficiency.”