Got work at govt office? First check anti-corruption bureau's list

  • Pratik Salunke, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Sep 25, 2014 14:50 IST

Irrespective of what you are seeking — rape survivor’s compensation, financial assistance to marry outside your community, allotment of bullock carts under the scheme for farmers or maternity leave — corrupt government officials make sure they discriminate against nobody while demanding bribes.

Based on the study of government servants over the years, the anti-corruption bureau (ACB) has now prepared a list of 279 services, where the government officers at the helm, expect to get bribes. While the list has been uploaded on the website, it gets updated every time the officials come across a demand being made to get a new work done.

Around 37 government departments have figured on the list, with the police topping it by demanding bribes for 17 reasons such as preventing arrests, among others, and public health and education demanding bribes for 16 services such as allotment of health certificate, contract for providing medicines to government hospitals and admissions to schools and colleges. The highest number of corruption cases, however, has been reported in the revenue and police departments in the state.

Praveen Dixit, director general of police, ACB, said, “We hope the list creates awareness among people on the works for which they may be asked for bribes. The list is being updated every day as there are other works for which bribes are demanded. People could go through the list before approaching any government servant and approach us when they are asked to pay bribes.”

The list gives an detailed account of the common problems faced by people while dealing with government servants, including police harassment for hafta, forest officials’ demanding money for letting go of poachers, illegal constructions, among others.

“People believe that some works at government offices cannot be done without approaching agents. The list includes such cases and we believe that people would come forward and register cases with us,” said Dixit.

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