Corrupt babus targeting women, senior citizens: ACB probe

  • Pratik Salunke, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Dec 01, 2014 15:47 IST

Corrupt government officials are making money by cheating senior citizens, women, the differently-abled, Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Schedules Tribes (STs), an analysis of probable bribe demands made by the state anti-corruption bureau (ACB) revealed.

According to the ACB, the complainants who approached them this year (till November 28) included 16 senior citizens, 13 disabled persons, 30 women, 83 SCs and 17 STs.

Out of the 1,127 corruption cases registered during this tenure, 14.10% (159) were by senior citizens, the disabled, women, SCs and STs.

Bribes were demanded from women to provide medical treatment to relatives or family members under government schemes or to provide assistance during child birth.

In some cases, bribes were demanded from women to initiate the pension process for widows under government schemes.

“In many instances, people approach us after paying the bribes because their desired work has not been done. We want them to go through the list to be aware of the bribe demands. The weaker sections of society are also not spared,” said Praveen Dixit, director general of police, ACB.

Senior citizens, too, are not spared by corrupt government servants. In such cases, bribe demands were made to complete the pension process, issue travel allowance or to release provident fund money. In some cases, bribes were demanded to sanction a loan or to hand over the loan amount to senior citizens.

Bribes were also demanded to update land records and to appoint heirs of government employees. “If we are immediately informed after the bribe demand, action can be taken and the corrupt servants can be trapped,” said Dixit.

People from the SC and ST categories were harassed when they approached officials to release money under government schemes, for admissions in the reservation category, renewal of shop/business licence, provide land registration certificates, sanction medical bills or medical treatment, for job appointments under SC/ST reservation category and to issue caste certificates and non-creamy layer certificates.

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