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News : Anti-corruption Helpline Fizzles Out
Delhi, India, Dec 26, 2015 -- The Delhi Government's anti-corruption helpline which began with much fanfare and was touted to be the only solution to tackle graft appears to have fizzled out with not a single FIR registered on any of the complaints.
In a Right to Information query filed by Vedpal, an RTI activist, it was found that not a single case has been registered through the helpline in the last six months.
"From July this year till 9 December, no action has been taken on any of the complaints made through helpline 1031," said the activist.
On an average around 35,000 to 40,000 complaints were registered every month but with time, the number of calls decreased.
According to the RTI response, in June, the helpline answered 34595 calls and in July it was 30242.
"In November the numbers were 10208 and 858 till 3 December but no action has been taken on any of the calls," said Vedpal.
He said crores of rupees were spent on establishing and advertising about the helpline on FM channels and now no action is being taken.
"A huge amount of public money was spent on setting up its call centre and after spending so much nothing is being done. Has every officer in Delhi turned honest now and is there no corruption left in the department?" asked Vedpal.
On being asked about the issue, ACB chief AK Meena said, "The anti-corruption helpline has been converted into dengue helpline".
The 1031 helpline has 60 lines and has received three lakh complaints till date. Many complaints were accompanied by evidence in the form of photographs, audio recordings and videos. Complaints have been made against Delhi Police, municipal corporations, education department, transport department, Delhi Jal Board and Delhi Fire Services.
The call centre location has been kept secret by the state authorities and all complaints were being forwarded to the anti-corruption branch till July. Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had re-launched the helpline at Talkatora Stadium on 5 April.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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The Government of Delhi is the supreme governing authority of the Indian national capital territory of Delhi and its 9 districts. It consists of an executive, led by the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, a judiciary and a legislative. The present Legislative Assembly of Delhi is unicameral, consisting of 70 Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLA).
Published: Monday, December 28, 2015