Anti-corruption helpline version 2.0 in two weeks

While taking oath, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal hinted at restarting the anti-corruption helpline, and the popular tool to punish the tainted may be back in a better avatar in about two weeks.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia told reporters that the Delhi Cabinet on Tuesday put its stamp of approval on the relaunch of the 011- 27357169 anti-corruption helpline.

“We will launch the anti-corruption helpline in around 15 days,” he said, adding that the focus this time will be “back-end” efficiency for which the helpline staff will be undergoing training.

The helpline this time will be better and more complainant-friendly as compared to the facility that was started by the Kejriwal government in January 2014.

The new-look anti-corruption helpline will help trap corrupt government employees through MMS and video clips even if the tainted official tries to damage the recording instrument of the complainant.

The moment a complainant links to the helpline server and starts recording, the anti-corruption team will start getting the footage.

Sisodia said, “If anyone is asked to pay bribe by any government employee, he should record it and send it to us through anti-corruption helpline. We will take strict action against him or her.”

It was during the 49-day stint of the AAP government in 2014 that the anti-corruption helpline 011-27357169 was launched for the first time.

At that time, thousands of complaints were received on the helpline whose staff was unable to handle the load.

“The government has decided to train the staff of anti-corruption helpline so that they could efficiently attend to the complaints. We will organise a training programme for them,” Sisodia said.

The Cabinet meeting chaired by Kejriwal also discussed matters related to VAT and improvement of hospital facilities.

A task force for tax reform has already been formed by the Delhi Dialogue Commission, which is an advisory panel created by the Delhi government for fulfilling the AAP’s poll promises.

An end to raids by tax inspectors has already been announced by the government and Kejriwal has announced that the administration will “embrace” traders and encourage them to wilfully deposit as much VAT as they can to shore up the government’s dwindling finances.
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