CVC to launch 24 hrs anti-bribery helpline

Harassed by corrupt babus demanding bribe or delaying work?

New Delhi: Harassed by corrupt babus
demanding bribe or delaying work?

Aggrieved persons will soon be able to seek help through a
24X7 toll free number, 1964, to be made functional by the
Central Vigilance Commission.

According to country`s anti-corruption watchdog officials,
the number will act as a one-stop solution for all complaints
related to corruption.

"The anti-bribery help line will assist complainants in
their problems related to unnecessary lingering of
work in a concerned government department due to demand of
undue favours or gratification by public servants," a CVC
official said.

He said a full-fledged call centre will also be set up to
provide services round the clock.

"People will be able to register complaints related to
bribery being faced by them in all the central government
ministries, departments and public sector units, among
others," the official said.

However, complaints related to Delhi Government or its
departments will not be resolved through the proposed help
lineor by the Commission since it does not come under its

The number, 1964, assumes significance as the the Central
Vigilance Commission was set up in February 1964 by the

"We have worked out the technical modalities with the
Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL). There are few things
needed to be worked out with other stake holders. We plan to
start it within two-months time," the official said.

Presently, the CVC has a toll free number 1800-11-0180
and 011-24651000 which is operational between 9 AM and 7 PM
from Monday to Friday.

"The 1964 will be working seven days and there will be no
such time limitation to register complaints," the official



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