Posted by: h4ck@lyst | February 3, 2008

Once in a while you come across something that you really like, something thats really close to your heart or something that simply touches your heart. Read one such piece in taggy’s shared items. Well its an attempt to fight corruption in India, a lil bit RDB style. The actual piece is here.

Imagine that you are going to a government office to get some paper cleared or some certificate and the lazy guy out there refuse to give you the stuff as promised and ask you to come back in another few days, weeks or months. You know that he expects you to pay bribe and you really don’t know what to do. So how would you handle such a situation? You want to yell at him, but you don’t know how to express your anger. Here is a solution – The Zero rupee note!

Fifth Pillar India, an NGO set up to fight corruption, has printed over 200,000 zero-denomination notes that resemble Indian currency and has begun distributing them around the country. It is asking people to give the notes to anyone demanding a bribe.

The NGO launched its 30-day-30-district campaign, called “Freedom From Corruption”, on August 4 in Chennai and will end it on September 9. It consulted leading lawyers in Chennai before printing the “zero rupee note”, which resembles a Rs 50 note in colour and is slightly bigger than a Rs 1,000 note. “Instead of the usual ‘I promise to pay the bearer a sum of x rupees’ pledge on a currency note, the replica will carry the pledge ‘I promise neither to accept nor give bribes,’” Fifth Pillar India president (operations) M. Vijayanand told this newspaper. [Via]

Yes, there is a risk of making the official angry, but if he/she delays your stuff further, have you completely forgotten about the Right To Information (RTI) act? Check out this website on RTI and get involved in a process to purify our bureaucracy.


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