News : Delhi Government Approves Proposal for Anti-corruption Helpline
New Delhi, India, March 4, 2015 -- Delhi Government has cleared the proposal to revamp the anti-corruption helpline which was launched during AAP's earlier 49-day stint. This time the helpline, to be launched sometime later this month, will come with a backing of a larger support team and systems to ensure accountability on response and action on complaints.
The decision was taken in a cabinet meeting on Tuesday. In his speech from Ramlila Maidan on February 14 after he took oath, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had assured Delhiites that soon an anti-corruption helpline would be made functional to trap government employees across departments and agencies who demand bribes.
"As per our promise, we have decided to launch the anti-corruption helpline after around 15 days. We appeal to people that if anyone is asked to pay a bribe by any official in Delhi, it should be recorded and given to us. We will take strict action," said deputy CM Manish Sisodia.
"The government has also decided to train the staff of the helpline so that they can attend to complaints efficiently. We will organize a training programme for them," Sisodia added.
During its 49-day stint, AAP had in January 2014 announced the helpline. Hours after its launch, thousands of complaints relating to corruption flooded the helpline. The call centre manned primarily by AAP volunteers then was directly under the supervision of the CM's office.
The helpline was publicized asking people to make complaints against officials seeking bribe and even urged them to send any evidence available. The helpline was then proposed to be made into a key function under the purview of the anti-corruption branch. After the AAP government resigned on February 14, 2014, the helpline lost strength till it was brought back into focus by the LG. However, the helpline under number 1031 received just about 100 calls between June 2014 and early February 2015.
Now, the Kejriwal government plans to not only revive the helpline but also make it a link of the government with the public to fight corruption at the ground level.
New Delhi: The government wants to make the managing committees of 1200-odd housing societies in Delhi accountable to residents. For this, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia has sought a study from the registrar of cooperative societies and assured the state's support to bring necessary amendments to rules to bring in transparency into the running of managing committees.
The registrar has also been asked to explore the possibility of bringing all housing societies under the purview of Right to Information Act. The government is also planning to check the legal provisions which lay down that the state can only have a say in the matters of a society where it has a 51% stake. By this measure, there is only one such society in Delhi where the state can have objections to its functioning.
To begin with, the government wants the registrar to review existing norms and ensure residents are not harassed. The concerns raised by Sisodia are fallout of complaints from residents who feel managing committees impose all kinds of charges for water, sewer and memberships. He expressed concern over frequent cases of irregularities in functioning of housing societies as managing committees are not accountable to residents.
The deputy CM reportedly said that there was need to have regular disclosures by managing committees before residents about how they were spending the money and also make their position clear on membership-related issues.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Published: Thursday, March 5, 2015