Trivandrum: Home Minister, Shri Ramesh Chennithala today rolled out the social media initiatives of the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (VACB) to connect with the public in its fight against corruption, at a function held in Thiruvananthapuram.
Inaugurating the VACB’s initiatives using the popular instant messaging services and social networking platforms, the Home Minister said that this is another step towards empowering the general public to expose the rot in the system. He also added that a State Vigilance Commission similar to the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) would be started in Kerala to strengthen the State’s fight against corruption.
Citizens can now use the mobile number 9447789100 to get in touch with the VACB officials and / or to lodge corruption complaints, either through SMS or the much popular Internet-based WhatsApp platform. Information and evidence in the form of audio or video clips, and photographic evidence can be sent to VACB officials on this number.
People can also use the VACB’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/vigilancekerala), Twitter handle (@vacbkerala), Google+ (/vacbkerala) and Youtube channel (www.youtube.com/user/vacbkerala) to connect with the organisation.
According to Vinson M Paul IPS, DGP & Director, VACB, “With the bulk of communication shifting to the realm of Facebook, Twitter, and subscription messaging services, the anti-corruption agency should stamp its presence in cyberspace, which is reflective of the very society it polices.”
“Kerala has a very high penetration of smartphones in the country and the public should use them to inform VACB about corrupt practices using the new range of social media services. They can use the services to expose corrupt public servants, lodge complaints against them, report incidents of bribery, mismanagement, waste of public resources, expose fraudulent business practices, report on tax evasion, name illegal moneylenders, hold government officials responsible for their actions, and reveal flaws in public service delivery”, he added.
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