CVC for anti-bribery hot lines to check corruption

The Central Vigilance Commission is considering setting up `anti-bribery hot lines` to check corruption in government offices.

Last Updated: Sep 22, 2010, 00:44 AM IST

New Delhi: The Central Vigilance Commission
is considering setting up `anti-bribery hot lines` to check
corruption in government offices.

According to a CVC official, the helpline would help
complainants to resolve their problems related to unnecessary
lingering of work in a concerned department due to the demand
of `undue favours` by public servants.

Giving details of the innovative approach, the official
said, "After the call centre is set up, aggrieved caller would
directly be connected to Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) of the
concerned department.

"The CVO would take all the details from the caller and
check whether his problem is genuine or not. Accordingly
necessary action will be taken," he said.

The primary aim behind setting up such a call centre is
to help people in getting their work done without unnecessary
hassles besides checking corruption, the official said.

Besides, the anti-corruption watchdog has also sought
strengthening the norms for disclosure of source and amount of
funding received by political parties.

It is also considering to stress on making public annual
financial statements, income and expenditure of the political
parties.

The CVC has prepared a blueprint of `National
Anti-Corruption Strategy` to deal with many issues adding to
corruption and ways to deal with it by formulating stringent
and result-oriented policy.

"The strategy recommends a set of action to be taken by
the government and a set of action by the political entities,
judiciary, media, citizens, private sector and civil society
organisations.

"To ensure that the strategy does not remain a mere
document, it is envisaged to ensure its effective
implementation by developing suitable parameters for
evaluating and monitoring the progress of its implementation.
The CVC would review the progress on an annual basis and
submit a report to Parliament," the Commission said.

PTI