Kejriwal govt to launch app that will turn your smartphone into spycam

  • Neelam Pandey, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 19, 2015 10:28 IST

The Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government is all set to launch an anti-corruption app which will turn your smartphone into a handy spy cam to conduct sting operations on officials demanding bribes, sources said.

Sources said that the app, likely to be launched next week by the chief minister, will directly upload any recording done through it onto a government server to which it will be linked.

The launch of the smartphone application is a part of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government’s efforts to revamp an anti-corruption helpline it had launched during its earlier 49-day stint.

According to a senior government official, while people were able to conduct sting operations on their own and send the recordings to the helpline for action, many complained they were caught while filming acts of bribery and lost the recordings as their phones were confiscated. The app would take care of this concern as recordings would be directly transferred to the government server.

“Even if people are caught conducting a sting operation using our app, the recording will be safe as it will get transferred to the government server, which will be monitored by the anti-corruption branch,” said a senior government official.

Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, who heads the vigilance department, told HT that staff strength would be boosted to ensure more anti-corruption raids.

“Apart from the existing helpline, we will use technology-oriented services to ensure people can send in their complaints to us,” he said.

In AAP’s earlier stint, the anti-corruption helpline (011-27357169) received 10,000 calls on an average every day following which the government launched another four-digit helpline (1031) where people could send in recordings of sting operations conducted by them.

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