In the last one month after the 1031 anti-corruption helpline is re-activated, it received more than 1.25 lakh calls, most of which was against officials of civic bodies, police, transport and Delhi Jal Board. However, only 6,000 were found to be serious enough to be pursued, and on further enquiry, merely 510 took the shape of complaints. Tough to imagine!
In terms of most notable results, ACB (anti-corruption bureau) had arrested three persons, including a government employee, for taking bribes from truck drivers at Azadpur market. A Delhi Police head constable was also arrested for allegedly accepting a bribe in Sonia Vihar area of northeast Delhi. An FIR was registered against a woman inspector in a corruption case.
A group of volunteers has been trained to run the 24×7 helpline 1031 and attend calls in English and Hindi. They would also direct the callers on how to conduct sting operations. All the calls would be divided into two categories — serious and non-serious.
However, it is our responsibility as citizens of the country to file relevant complaints at the right departments and not blow off the things in all directions.
India – Its time to make use of our powers, but in a more responsible way.