The Delhi government in a new directive has asked all government departments under its purview to display boards of the anti-corruption hotline, 1031, inside their offices.
The government has sent out a format of the board to all departments and has asked offices to install these “immediately”. Additionally, the order also states that in case an office disallows a person from entering with a mobile phone, the matter should be reported to the helpline.
Dated April 7, the order issued by the Directorate of Information and Publicity stated, “The Chief Minister has desired that all heads of departments, principal secretaries, secretaries, undertakings and institutions of the government install the boards in their offices for the information of all officials as well as for the general public”.
“A creative design on the anti-corruption helpline, as approved by the competent authority, is enclosed herewith for information,” the order stated.
The approved format for the board has a picture of Kejriwal himself with the message on the hotline in Hindi — “Aapse koi rishwad maang raha hai? Toh mana mat kijiye. Phone par recording kar le phir humein 1031 par phone karein. Hum usse jail bhejenge (Is someone asking you for a bribe? Don’t refuse. Record this on your phone and call on 1031. We will send him to jail).
Incidentally, the board also has a message at the bottom which reads, “If someone disallows you to carry your phone inside an office, then call the helpline”.
Recently, a few police stations have put up boards on their gates disallowing people to enter stations with mobile phones, pens and diaries after a directive by the Delhi Police.
Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat said, “These items are not allowed inside interrogation rooms or where the suspects are kept. However, they are allowed inside the SHOs offices and even inside the premises of the police stations. These instructions existed earlier as well but we have decided to display them prominently now.”
“Please ensure that the creative design on the anti-corruption helpline is displayed through a large-size flex banner or board prominently at the reception and other places in the headquarters and field offices of each department, corporation, commission and institution for information of the general public,” the order stated.