Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Thursday announced that an anti-corruption helpline will be launched on March 23, which marks the death anniversary of freedom fighter Bhagat Singh, adding that the helpline will “be my personal WhatsApp number”. “If anyone asks you for a bribe, send it to me by recording a video/audio of it. Strict action will be taken against the corrupt,” the CM tweeted.
The CM said the helpline is exclusively for the people to upload videos of corrupt officers, demanding a bribe for their day-to-day work or indulging in other malpractices so that such erring officers could be brought to book, according to a statement from the CM’s office. “99% of the people are honest, while the remaining one per cent degrades the system. I am always with honest (government) officers,” the CM said, also adding that no leader would harass any officers for extortion.
भगत सिंह जी के शहीदी दिवस पर, हम anti-corruption हेल्पलाइन नम्बर जारी करेंगे। वो मेरा पर्सनल वॉट्सऐप नंबर होगा। अगर आपसे कोई भी रिश्वत मांगे, उसकी वीडियो/ऑडियो रिकॉर्डिंग करके मुझे भेज देना। भ्रष्टाचारियों के ख़िलाफ़ सख्त एक्शन लिया जाएगा।
पंजाब में अब भ्रष्टाचार नहीं चलेगा।
— Bhagwant Mann (@BhagwantMann) March 17, 2022
Addressing his first meeting after taking over as the CM, Mann said, “Corrupt officers have no place in my government and if any such complaint comes to my notice, then don’t expect any sort of sympathy for such officers.”