Vigilant Kerala fails to reach out to citizens

DECCAN CHRONCLE | SHAINU MOHAN
Published Aug 3, 2015, 12:19 pm IST
Updated Mar 28, 2019, 8:08 am IST
When officials of Vigilance and Anti Corruption Bureau were asked, they said they were yet to start the initiative to launch the project
Governor P Sathasivam (Photo: PTI)
 Governor P Sathasivam (Photo: PTI)

Thiruvananthapuram: Vigilant Kerala, the ambitious initiative launched by the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau last month here has failed to take off in the state capital.

There were high hopes when Governor P Sathasivam launched the scheme at an event at VJT Hall, in the presence of Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala, that it would prevent corruption at grassroot level.

 

Many complainants still have no clue on how to register the complaints or make use of the novel initiative which aims at preventing corruption at the grassroot level.

Hundreds of citizens approaching the corruption-ridden Corporation were relieved hoping that the initiative would bring down the ongoing corruption in the town planning wing. 

Yasodaran S, a citizen, was disheartened when he approached the Corporation to register his grievance. As per the new initiative, the Bureau will train volunteers at all local body offices to assist citizens to register complaints.

 

“I approached a lot of officials at the Corporation main office and none of them were aware about how to register complaints under Vigilant Kerala. The government is giving more priority for public events to launch such initiatives and nothing happens on the ground,” said Mr Yasodaran.

When officials of Vigilance and Anti Corruption Bureau were asked, they said they were yet to start the initiative to launch the project. “Local polls are round the corner and we are not planning to launch the initiative any time soon. Currently, we are planning to launch the initiative in one of the Panchayats,” said the official.

 

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Location: Kerala




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