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News : Vigilance Department Launches FB Page, Helpline, Website to Check Corruption
Dehradun, India, Aug 27, 2015 -- To make it easier for the common man to report cases of corruption, the vigilance department of Uttarakhand has launched a Facebook account, a dedicated website and a helpline number as well.
By using technology, the department wants to reach out to more people in its mission to eradicate corruption from the state and gather maximum possible information about those involved in graft and fraudulent activities.
Director, vigilance, Ashok Kumar said that the department is looking forward to stepping up the campaign against people involved in wrongful activities. "Nowadays, more and more people are becoming tech-savvy and have modern communication gadgets like smartphones at their disposal. Therefore, we decided to create a Facebook page 'Fight Against Corruption Uttarakhand'," he said.
Kumar added that the identities of the whistleblowers would be kept secret.
Those unwilling to share information on the social networking platform can also submit information over the toll-free number 1800-180-666 or on the website www.vigilance.uk.gov.in.
The department is also mulling felicitating brave hearts who report such persons to it. The vigilance officials are planning to approach the chief minister to announce some award or certificate for people who participate in building a corruption-free society.
However, staff shortage poses a big hurdle in the department's efforts to curb corruption. At present, it is functioning with barely 100 odd personnel. Efforts are on to expand the department's reach to other parts of the state. It has only two sector offices located at Dehradun and Haldwani.
"This set up has been working since the state was a part of Uttar Pradesh, but now things have changed and we need to have more sub-sector offices in the hills to check corruption there," said Kumar. The department is planning to set up four such offices at Tehri, Pauri, Pithoragarh and Almora.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Published: Friday, August 28, 2015