New App introduced against corruption

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Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday inaugurated a mobile app for filing complaints against public servants demanding bribe in return for services.

The mobile app developed by the Public Concern for Governance Trust, led by former Mumbai police commissioner Julio Ribeiro, can be downloaded on any mobile phone.

Fadnavis said the state government fully supports every effort to bring in transparency as it would only strengthen the democracy.

“Today, there is a trust deficit as there is no transparency. The Guarantee to Services Act will bring in transparency and those who do not provide services will be made accountable,” he said. The Bill will be introduced in the legislature during the Budget Session.

Director general Anti-Corruption Bureau Pravin Dixit said that the department in 2014 had arrested 1,600 corrupt public officials. He added that the Bombay high court had granted permission for additional district judges to hear corruption cases.

He said to ensure that complainants and the panch (witnesses) do not backtrack on the complaint at a later stage, everything will be video-recorded. “The judiciary has assured us that they will consider such evidences,” he said.

Fadnavis said that the government has nearly completed compiling the list of officials who have been convicted and they would shortly be dismissed from service. He added that he was focusing on strengthening forensic evidence.

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