News - Confronting bribery through IT
by Life Positive
For the first time ever, India now has a web platform where people can report corruption incidents and bribes they’ve paid.
IPAB convener Raghu at the March Against Corruption in Bangalore on
January 30, 2011 This data is used to analyse corruption trends, and lobby government bodies into taking action against officials, or change procedures encouraging corruption within government departments. On the IPAB website, you can register old and recent bribes paid. Users can report the nature, location, frequency and amounts of bribes paid or demanded. By sourcing bribe reports from millions of Indians on the website, Janagraaha, the organisation behind the initiative, is able to map bribes occurring across cities. Interestingly, they also delete the names of officials involved in complaints since IPAB is not a prosecuting agency.
In the 90 days since its launch, IPAB has had over 255,000 visitors. More than 2,500 bribe reports have been made to date. IPAB also plans to roll out an SMS reporting service that will let people send complaints via mobile phones. IPAB services have already resulted in some real world success. Citizen reports led to 20 senior traffic cops having to explain allegations of bribery. The Karnataka State Power Transmission Corporation Ltd has collaborated with IPAB and simplified its procedures and reduced corruption within its departments.
To know more, log on to www.ipaidabribe.com
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