The financial capital of the country has recorded the least number of corruption cases in the state this year. According to anti-corruption bureau (ACB) statistics, 59 cases of corruption were registered in the city.
The trap cases in Mumbai have also reduced when compared to the corresponding period last year.
Seventy-nine trap cases were registered in till December 4 this year, a drop of 20 cases as compared to last year.
ACB officers in the city attribute this on the lack of eagerness of citizens in coming forward to report corruption cases.
“If you look at other parts of the state, people are not willing to pay up even Rs100 or Rs500 as this amount is also too much for them to shell out,” said a high-ranking ACB officer, who did not wish to be named.
Officials added that they have been taking measures to create awareness.
“We have a facility of a toll free number, 1064. When someone reports about a government servant asking for bribe, we tell the person that we will subsequently lay a trap.
Even with such a facility, people are not willing to come forward,” said another ACB official.
The overall trap cases’ across state has also dropped this year when compared to the previous year. The ACB has registered 1,134 cases so far this year, while 1,153 cases were registered in the corresponding period last year.
“People desist from reporting corruption as they know that a case will be registered followed by court proceedings. They do not want these procedures and instead pay up to get the job done,” said the officer.
With very few numbers of cases, the ACB has now started revisiting government offices where traps were registered previously.
“We are revisiting the places in anticipation of finding complainants,” said an ACB official.