With a view to weed out corruption from the Lok Sabha constituency, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Bhagwant Mann has decided to start a 24X7 helpline for residents to inform him if any officer from the district administration or the police department demands bribe from them.
After collecting information about the officer seeking bribe, he says he will himself approach the officer with the bribe money and take action on the spot.
Mann said, “Corrupt practices are very common in our system, especially in the police department. After repeated complaints by residents, I have decided to provide them my contact number to inform him directly if anyone demands bribe from them.”
“I have taken this step after three people from Malerktola subdivision approached me to inform me that a few officials of the excise department, posted at Moonak toll barrier, had taken ? 20,000 as bribe to release their vehicle in which they were taking cattle feed from Hisar (Haryana),” he said, adding, “I immediately took details of the officials and probed the matter. An official admitted that they had taken a bribe of ? 20,000 from three farmers Labh Singh, Kuldeep Singh and Jang Singh of Jahner Kalan village of Malerkotla subdivision on July 9.”
“I managed to get back the money from them and returned it to the farmers,” the AAP MP said. Excise and taxation officer (ETO) Amarnath, who was posted Moonak toll barrier, said “We have received a complaint against a constable and sent him back to the Punjab police.”
ETO, however, refused to order any probe to find out the involvement of other officials.