KCR\'s vow against graft leaves officials jittery

Published on May 30, 2015 00:22:20 AM
Cities

Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s promise of a proactive and corruption-free administration is giving sleepless nights to corrupt officials in the government. A cursory glance at the number of complaints that have been redressed in one year indicates at the seriousness with which the anti-corruption Bureau officials have been responding to complaints lodged through the roll-free number ‘1064’.

The chief minister has launched the toll-free number on January 11 this year. Just after four days of launch of toll-free number, over 10,000 complaint calls were received by the ACB. Since then, about 200 calls are being received every day regarding various complaints. All the complaints are verified, analyzed and segregated among various departments.

After Telangana state has come in to existence, as many as 162 cases were registered by ACB till May 26, 2015, among which 58 cases were booked since January 2015. The bureau has booked over 186 officers on various kinds of corruption charges, including disproportionate assets and criminal misconduct cases.

“Increase in the number of complaints is the result of campaign by ACB through various media, not to bribe the government servants. Awareness among citizens has resulted in the rise of trap cases compared to the yesteryears. Several complaints received by the bureau are yet to be segregated to proceed further. Public are coming forward to complain about the corrupt officers,” an official said.

As part of the campaign, a text message (SMS) has been sent to over 2 crore mobile users in the state from their respective telephone service provider stating, “If any government employee of state or centre demands bribe for any official work, please complain to ACB on ‘040-247323753’ or on ‘9010299553’,” the message read.

The bureau also cited the necessity for carrying out such campaigns in order to achieve the desired results. “We want our campaign to reach every nook and corner of the state, where the rural citizens could raise their voice against corruption with ease,” the official said.