The Delhi government on Tuesday announced that it will relaunch the anti-corruption helpline that the AAP government had started during its 49-day rule in 2014. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said, “I would like to caution those taking bribes, to desist from doing so as the people of Delhi will now have the powers of inspectors.”
Sisodia said the decision was taken in the Cabinet meeting held on Tuesday and the helpline should be up and running in about two weeks. He said the helpline number will remain the same, 011-27357169.
“The helpline will be back with stronger back-end support and we will train officers over the next 10 to 15 days. We will launch the helpline once he (Kejriwal) is back (from his 10-day medical leave),” Sisodia said.
He said the AAP will take lessons from its earlier experience with the helpline that had choked after thousands of calls poured in on the first day of its operation. “We still have a few things to learn about expertise and governance. The helpline will be back with enhanced back-end support,” he said.
Since the government took charge on February 14, it had got feedback from people that many officials had stopped accepting bribes but in some places they continued corrupt practices, Sisodia said.
Repeating the words of Kejriwal after his swearing-in speech, Sisodia said if people come across any official demanding bribe, they should make a “setting” with the official, record the official asking for or accepting bribe and submit it to the government. He said the erring official will be dealt with very strictly.
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