More than half of the complainants who approached the anti- corruption bureau (ACB) to report corruption this year are young — below 35 years, an analysis of the latest ACB statistics has revealed.
According to the analysis, 51% (337 complainants) are below 35 years of age, 24% (163 complainants) are from the age group of 36 to 45 years, 20% (131 complainants) between 46 and 60 years of age and 5% (32 complainants) are above 60 years.
The analysis also revealed that those accused in corruption cases are from police (185), engineers (32), teachers (26), doctors (11), advocates (5), sarpach (6), corporator (2), talathi (86) and 676 other government servants.
“There is anger among the youth when it comes to corruption. They do not tolerate malpractices and prefer to report it. We welcome this stand,” said Praveen Dixit, director general of police, ACB.
The city, however, fares lowest when it comes to reporting corruption. There have been mere 35 cases registered in Mumbai range, 80 in neighbouring Thane, 125 in Pune, 97 in Nashik, 92 in Nagpur, 68 in Amravati, 97 in Aurangabad and 65 in Nanded.
This year saw the introduction of a mobile phone application, available at acbmaharashtra.net, using which citizens can file complaints within minutes of receiving a bribe demand. The app has received a good response across the state. A recent complaint received by ACB on their app was from a non-descript village in Maoistaffected Gadchiroli, highlighting its reach. ACB officers said they have also created a page on a popular social-networking site to spread awareness.
However, while the youth are coming forward to report corruption, a similar number of young government servants were trapped in corruption cases.
“There are many instances where new recruits were caught for indulging in corruption,” said Dixit.
Altogether, the ACB has trapped 44 class 1 officers, 87 from class 2, 533 from class 3, 32 from class 4 and 36 other government servants, along with 114 private citizens, who mostly acted as agents.