Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) president Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday launched an anti-corruption helpline (011-27357169) in Delhi which, he said, would assist citizens in setting up stings to catch the corrupt.
“This helpline number makes every citizen of Delhi an anti-corruption inspector. State vigilance department has a team which will look into the matter,” Kejriwal said at a press conference.
“People can call the anti-corruption helpline and give their details to those manning the phones. They will then get a call back to ascertain the details of the operation and will be subsequently coached on how to trap those offering the bribes,” CM said while explaining how the helpline would function.
Kejriwal said the idea of the helpline was to instill fear in the hearts of the corrupt. “The people have to mend their ways or they would end up in jail. Corrupt people would develop the fear of being under surveillance,” he said.
The AAP leader also said the Delhi Police were kept on standby in case additional resources were needed to tackle the call flow and functioning of the anti-graft helpline. “The helpline will work from 8am to 10pm. We are trying to get a fix on a simpler, four-digit helpline number in a few days.”
Kejriwal had announced after taking oath on December 28 that he would announce a helpline to trap those who ask for bribes.
Riding high on its spectacular electoral debut in Delhi, the barely 15-month-old AAP said it wanted to clean national politics and offer a third alternative — other than the Congress and the BJP — to the electorate.
The AAP, which won an impressive 28 seats on its poll debut in the Capital, formed the government after the Congress that got a dismal eight offered outside support and the BJP, which won the highest 31 seats, opted out.
Kejriwal, 45, had recently made an impassioned plea for a corruption-free Delhi in the state assembly. “I’m not seeking support for my party or my government,” the CM had said ahead of a floor test in the House.
“How many members in the House stand by the aam aadmi in his fight to uproot corrupt politics; how many members ... want to establish the politics of truth and honesty?” he said.