The Central Vigilance Commission on 31st October 2000, introduced the practice of observing the week starting from the birthday of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel as the Vigilance Awareness Week. This was an effort at making the employees of the government of India organisations aware of the dangers and harm caused by corruption, which is anti poor, anti development and anti national .
31st October was chosen as the date as it is the birthday of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, one of the great leaders our country who is an outstanding icon and role model for patriotism, political integrity, visionary but highly pragmatic leadership and value based politics. The birthday of Sardar Patel was deliberately chosen because during the freedom struggle, Sardar Patel was the leader who did all the demanding hard work not visible in the public eye of raising resources and organising the political movement. This task called for , absolute integrity, an excellent capacity for management and inspiring leadership.