Punjab’s new prime minister, Baghwant Mann of the Aam Aadmi Party, announced today that he has launched a line of support against corruption. Mr Mann, who vowed yesterday that he would not “waste a day”, said the support phone number would be launched on March 23, the anniversary of the birth of freedom fighter Bhagat Singh.
“The anti-corruption support phone number will be my personal number … If anyone requests a bribe, send audio and video to that number,” he said in a tweet.
“I’m not threatening government workers because 99 percent of government workers are honest, but 1 percent of those workers are corrupt and that has ruined the system. Only the AAP can clean up this corrupt system,” he added in the tweet.
The number will only be to upload videos of corrupt officials who are demanding a bribe for daily work or for other bad practices. Such officials, he later said, will be given an exemplary sentence.
The eradication of corruption in Punjab was one of the main promises of the AAP, which was born out of the freedom struggle and the anti-corruption movement of Gandhian Anna Hazara.
On February 5, party leader and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal vowed to “end corruption in government jobs if the AAP government is formed”.
In his first meeting with police and administration officials today, Mr Mann stressed the need for a government free of corruption.
“Corrupt officials have no place in my government and I know such complaints, I do not expect any sympathy for the officers,” he told officials gathered in the Office of the Prime Minister.
In the first, the Prime Minister also announced awards for both civilians and police. The “Best Performance Award” will be given every three months for making a difference in the lives of ordinary people at the grassroots level, as well as ensuring free and fair justice.