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Anti-corruption helpline raises hopes in Delhi

New Delhi: A day after it was launched, the new anti-corruption helpline number has the people of Delhi hoping that incidents of corruption faced by the common man will come down drastically.This is the third
IANS January 09, 2014 17:13 IST
IANS
New Delhi: A day after it was launched, the new anti-corruption helpline number has the people of Delhi hoping that incidents of corruption faced by the common man will come down drastically.

This is the third promise of the Aam Aadmi Party to be fulfilled, after the decision of free supply of over 650 litres of water to each household, and the halving of electricity charges for those using up to 400 units a month.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced Wednesday a helpline to report incidents of bribe. Anyone who is asked to pay a bribe by any official in the capital can seek help on phone number 011-27357169.

Activist Subhash Chandra Agarwal, who has filed more than 6,000 Right to Information (RTI) applications, said even though the success of this "new experiment" is still to be experienced, the very announcement of such a helpline could impact those seeking to enrich themselves by corrupt means.

"It would certainly create some fear psychology in corrupt officials, just like the RTI. After RTI, officials and ministers are afraid of incorrect records and files," he said.

Agarwal, however, added that a phone number easier to remember should be launched soon, and a registration number should be given to complainants.