GUWAHATI: If Official Demands Bribes Then Inform Me Directly Through Whatsapp or Facebook: Assam CM Himanta Biswa
Sending one more strong warning against the corrupt officials, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarm, on Monday said that appropriate action will be taken against anyone if he/she is found taking bribe.
The Chief Minister reiterated that the incumbent state government has been taking a strong steps against corruption and said that if any official demands bribes then the victim can directly inform him. Such a victim can inform the Chief Minister through Whatsapp or Facebook.
“If any person demands bribe, then the victim can directly inform me through Whatsapp or Facebook. I will personally reach him or her. Nobody can demand bribe during our government rule,” he added.
The Chief Minister also said that the people can also lodge complaints with him if they are made compelled to pay excess bus fare by any bus employee. ” Our government will not tolerate any form of corrupt practice. Strict action will be taken against corrupts,” he said.
Meanwhile, India has the highest rate of bribery and use of personal links to access public services such as healthcare and education in Asia, according to a survey released by global civil society Transparency International.
The survey was conducted between June-September this year, recording activities, perception and experiences with corruption in the past 12 months. It notes that India has about 50% involvement in bribery and 32% use personal connections to take opportunities.
“Of the people surveyed in India, who came into contact with the police, 42% had paid bribes. The use of bribes was also rampant (41%) to obtain official documents such as identity papers. Use of personal connections largely made in dealings with the police (39%), procurement of identity documents (42%), and in relation to courts (38%)”, the survey mentioned.