Anti-Corruption

Founder Member and activist in ExcelKerala, an NGO to erradicate corruption from Kerala.

As the Director Vigilance & Anti Corruption Bureau, Kerala launched and implemented different types of Anti Corruption Programmes across Kerala.

1. EduVigil Project

A voluntary participatory program focused on professional education sector named EduVigil. It is one among the programs of “Creative Vigilance” aimed at capacity building for “Zero Tolerance to Corruption” thereby assuring good governance in Kerala. The first step of the EduVigil program is based on the following 4 objectives.
a. No illegal capitation fee for admission at any stage.
b. No corruption in selection/recruitment of faculty and staff.
c. Education process inculcates zero tolerance to corruption in all spheres of life.
d. The goal of the institute /College is to develop a corruption intolerant youth in Kerala.
A poster with the above 4 commitments, authenticated by the college/institute authorities displayed permanently in a prominent place of the college.

2. VigNet Programme

VigNet is a Partnership Anti Corruption program with Libraries focused on the regular readers of vayanasala/local libraries, who as a segment of the population have propensity to read and learn new things. A Poster displays in the library at a prominent place, based on campaign materials produced by the Research &Training Wing of Vigilance & Anti Corruption Bureau, Kerala. The endeavor is to evolve a good methodology of creating a culture of Zero Tolerance to corruption at the grass roots levels, with the local library as the medium.

3. ArisingKerala & WhistleNow Mobile Applications

Introduced two mobile applications known as “ArisingKerala” and “WhistleNow”. These mobile apps are for full public participatory, all inclusive, interactive anti-corruption action where everyone who wants a better Kerala are expected to participate positively and creatively on a self-help principle basis. The idea is to discourage the prevalent petition / complaining culture and to develop a new culture of “Let me do it, what I can, to Check Corruption”. Through sharing video visuals and audios of corruption among a larger number of people, deterrence to corruption is expected to be developed. Interactive, Participatory Print and Visual Media based anti-Corruption programmes are also required to complement and supplement AIM. These applications can be downloaded through Google play store and any person can upload matters, photos, videos and audio in it in connection with corruption around them.

4.Whistle Blowers Award

Launched Whistle Blowers Award, first time in Kerala, Whistle blowers are mostly conscientious, ethical people who expose corruption, at great risk to their careers, reputation and personal life. However, there may be a few who expose corruption due to various other reasons. Whistle-blowers are typically insiders of an organisation, who have knowledge of the abuse of power, abuse of function resulting in pecuniary gain to someone else, corrupt process, procedure or loophole or special condition in a tender etc. that can potentially lead to corruption. 25 whistle blowers, who expose corruption of more than one crore with very relevant and convincing evidence, will be given reward / awards annually. The selection will be based on amount of public money saved / protected because of the exposure, the integrity and honesty of the whistle blower, and the extent of risk / threat / challenges / harassments faced in exposing the corruption. District wise honouring of whistle blowers may also be done.

5.NSS Vigil Help Desk

The main objective of NSS help desk is to assist the public approaching various govt. offices for various services. At first after the collaboration with two colleges, created two NSS help desk on experiment basis.

6.Environmental Risk Vigilance

Launched this Program for preventing the exploitation of environment. The main objective of Environment Risk Vigilance is to identify the organized crime/corruption-chain in quarrying, sand mining, river/water pollution, wet land/paddy filling, and encroachment into public land, construction in non-building zone, buffer zone etc. for the protection of Environment

7.Trans Vigil

Now a day’s corruption in Transport Offices is very high. So introduced new project named as Trans Vigil. The main objective of this program is to make transparent and corruption free RT offices.

8.Kerala Anti-Corruption Index

Implemented ever first time in India, Kerala Anti-Corruption Index (KAI) survey to measure the level of corruption on a monthly basis in the state. Its a group of about 20 to 25 simple, but composite indicators or parameters upon which people feel or assess corruption that they see / hear / experience in everyday life.

9.Residents Association Anti-corruption Movement (RAAM)

Launched RAAM in Association with EDRAAC (Ernakulum District Residents Association Apex Council) to empower the society to act against corruption.

10. Ente Gramam (എന്റെ ഗ്രാമം)

Launched the Program ‘Azhimathiyillathe Ente Gramam’. The main aim of the project is to raise the voice of the people against corruption. Review of Literature says that corruption should be reduced only, when the people do not tolerate corruption. For achieving this, we should organize the people to raise their voice against corruption. First of all, our aim is to find out whistleblowers and to form a group of people to respond to the corrupted practices.

In this view, we formulate ‘Good Governance Committee’ in each ward which comprises at least 10 persons from different sectors of society. Through this committee, we ensure ‘Right to Service Act’, to ensure the full utilization of govt. funds,

For attaining this, our first step is to implement ‘Suchika’ software of Information Kerala Mission (IKM) in this Panchayath. Through this people know their application status. If they don’t get the particular certificate, they will be informed through the software by mentioning the reason in the remarks column. Then they can contact any of the members in the committee or whistleblowers for its rectification.
Advantages
1. All the services should be transparent.
2. People know the present status of their applications through the software.
3. They need not travel many times from faraway places to rectify their certificates.
4. They will get their certificates in time prescribed in the Right to Service Act.
5. If they don’t get their certificates in time, the committee and whistleblowers will give the instructions.
6. Proper utilization of govt. funds.

11. Anti-corruption Induction Training

With the support of Institute of Management in Government, Government of Kerala, Started an Induction Training programme to the newly appointing candidates. The main objective of Induction training is imparted knowledge, skill and attitude against corruption among candidates who receive appointment letter from PSC, before starting their 1st day’s job.

12. Water Vigil

13. Concurrent Vigilance

Since Vigilance means `watchfulness` all the time and watchfulness over all aspects / areas in Kerala where corruption is potentially happening, vigil through concurrent Vigilance is essential. For this purpose a team was constituted to have `vigil’ over all govt. departments, PSUs, Universities, Boards and Co-operative institutions etc.

14. Know Your Projects

15. Failed Projects Inventory

Conducted different types of research to discover failed projects i.e. the projects which are almost/partly completed the construction or other work and not functioned till the date due to some minor issues in the various departments. The Govt. Projects which are adversely affect the public fund and welfare of society. Lack of dedication and planning of responsible authority were the sole cause of this failure.

16. Arising Kerala Expedition

It is an exploratory research trip in search of the following: and document as video or photo the findings. The method of research will be ‘ethnography’ and ‘exploratory case research’. Purpose of this research is to identify the best practices of applying and / or implementing at least five of the 10 principles of good governance (given below) in an/organization / department / areas / program / scheme.

The 10 principles of good governance are
1. Equity
2. Rule of Law
3. Strategic Vision
4. Responsiveness
5. Effectiveness
6. Efficiency
7. Accountability
8. Transparency
9. Participation
10. Consensus Orientation
(Good Governance is likely to occur only where and when there is no corruption)

17. Good Governance Audit

“Assure Good Governance in Kerala”, it is essential that within VACB good governance is ensured and demonstrated. Good Governance Audit (GG Audit) is a process of systematic, periodic, documented, and objective evaluation of the full adherence to the 10 principles of Good Governance such as Effectiveness, Efficiency, Responsiveness, Transparency, Participation, Rule of Law etc. GG Audit combines different types of audit such a decision point audit, impact audit, efficiency audit, performance audit, procedures audit, sufficiency of internal control system and management control systems audit.

Effective and modern Internal Control Systems are required to monitor whether all other legitimizing, institutional, productive, financial, growth and primary stakeholders satisfying systems fulfill their functions as per the mission, vision and strategic objectives of VACB, in the ever-changing dynamic, complex socio-legal-cultural-economic-ecological-psychological context. Under the above circumstances and background, a system of Good Governance Audit is started in VACB by constituting a GG Audit team.

The team will examine study, scrutinize, assess the Decisions, Processes, Impact on anti-corruption, Abuses of power, Nepotism, Abuses of function, Obstruction of justice etc. within VACB as a process of good governance audit on a random sample basis and submit the report.

18. Benefit Tracking Audit

Launched BT Audit. There is an input–output relationship in departments facilitating development of infrastructure, area or individuals. The input as budgetary allocation from govt. departments & what are the benefits that people received as outputs over the years. (calculating inputs (money spent in past years) in today’s money value and assessing value of benefits as it exists today). To find out the Govt. Projects that completed or partially completed but not yet benefited the public. That is the Projects that yields zero benefits to public.

19. Pachappinte Kavalal

Started the work by conducting a meeting of various Environmental Organizations in district and formed a district level committee to fight against corruption and environmental issues. Now this committee conduct regular meeting in every month and discuss various matters related to corruption and environmental problems. Executive committees of 30 members were constituted with a Convener and a Chairman. Panchayath level committees were organized in many Panchayath and Municipalities for strengthening this forum. From these grass route level committees, 2 delegates nominated for the district forum. Environmental issues and all other corruption based problems were discussed and submitted report to Vigilance & Anti- Corruption Bureau which needs vigilance attention.

Awareness programs to general public and students were conducted by this forum.

20. Sadbharanam- 2017

To achieve Zero Tolerance to Corruption, Local Self Governments have a vital role. For this purpose we discussed with Local Self Government authorities and conducted meeting of elected representatives, general public, representatives of various organizations and officials of various departments which come under the direct control of Panchayath/Municipalities. Panchayath/Municipal level Anti-Corruption committees were formed from the various sectors of the public who participated in these meetings. This committee acts as a Panchayath level Anti- Corruption Committee. This committee will meet in every month and discussed matter related to corruption and give solution. This committee work as a primary level anti-corruption movement of the district forum “PACHAPPINTE KAVALKKARAN”. In the second section of the Panchayath level meeting we give awareness to Kudumbasree members and make them equipped to fight against corruption. It is a very effective movement for Zero Tolerance to corruption.

Review meetings of officials and Panchayath level committees were conducted in every two months and discuss the progress of anti-corruption movement in their sector.

21. Pazhakunna Maramath Panikal

Major portion of the LSGD Budget spent for roads and buildings. In connection with Onsite Vigil Visit R&T Wing visited several public work sites and noticed many irregularities and gave strict direction to the officials for better results. Through Kudumbasree meetings and other awareness programme we give details of each public work and it will decrease the ratio of corruption.

22. Karapulatha Adharam

It is another distinguished achievement done by me with my R & T Wing. Document writers are the mediators of corruption in Registration Department. Conducted a district level meeting of document writers and gave awareness and strict direction to them not to give any bribe to the officials. In this regard, we conduct awareness programme to public regarding the fees pattern of various services rendered by the sub registrar offices and the fees pattern published by the Govt. for preparing documents by the document writers. As a result, now the 15 Sub Registrar offices and District Registrar Office are free from corruption and the document writers were collect only government fees for the preparation of the documents.

23. TOP GEAR 2017

It is another commendable work done by R&T Wing for corruption free Road Transport Office. We conduct meetings of Driving schools, Auto consultants and Authorized dealers of vehicles and gave strict instructions to them not to give any bribe to officials. We also conduct awareness programme to public regarding the fees patterns of various services rendered by the Dept. The ratio of corruption in this department is decreased due to our close monitoring and awareness classes.

24. SAMRIDHYILUM NIRAYATHA BHAKSHANAM

Launched this program to stop the corruption and irregularities in the distribution of noon meals (Ucha Kanji) in Schools. Now we can see notable changes in this field.

25. RATION VANGOO…… AZHIMATHI THADAYOO….

“Our ignorance is their power”, this slogan is very apt in the public distribution system. The Hon. Govt. will give huge quantity of Ration commodities for public. Due to the ignorance of the public all the ration commodities were misused by the ration dealers with the help of Govt. officials. We tried many hypotheses to reduce corruption in this Dept. and found that if the public purchased articles from the ration shop the ratio of corruption can be minimized. In this regard we gave awareness to the public through Kudumbasree Units regarding the priorities of customers and the allotment for each priority.

26. NERINOPPAM KUDUMBASREE

According to our experiences Kudumbasree units are the most effective sector to achieve our aim, “ZERO TOLLERENCE TO CORRUPTION.”For this we prepare a detailed broucher which narrates the activities of R&T Wing to reduce corruption. The broucher may enhance their knowledge regarding the services of various government department, fees patterns for services and basic knowledge about public work.

27. Anti-Corruption Research

When methods of corruption and the complexity of corruption chain are changing, research to identify the new methods of corruption becomes an imperative in order to be ahead in Anti-corruption actions. The knowledge gained through research on new methods of corruption, new ways of hiding corruption, new types of siphoning away public money, new ways of escaping from punishment, new coalitions of corruption, new corruption chains etc. are essential inputs for continuous training.

A Research and Training Wing is started in VACB to have focused actions on new knowledge creation, knowledge dissemination, and impact monitoring through research on a continuous basis.

28. ArisingKerala Exhibitions

The main purpose of ‘ArisingKerala Exhibitions’ is to create awareness to public about the various anti corruption activities and to transfer the capability to raise their hands against corruption.