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Delhi’s anti-corruption hotline flooded with calls



January 10, 2014 - Thousands of calls have already flooded a toll free number set up Thursday on morning by authorities in the Indian capital New Delhi to allow ordinary citizens to report cases of corruption. Delhi's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, head of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP or Common Man Party), spearheaded the initiative following his December victory state election on an anti-corruption platform. A follower of Anna Hazare, a Gandhian activist and anti-corruption leader, Kejriwal said that 3,904 calls came in during the first seven hours of operation, exceeding all expectations. Corruption is one of the major problems facing India's public service. The practice is so ingrained that people have to pay bribes for every service: marriage certificates, driving licenses, mail, and permits of various kinds, including death certificates. The anti-corruption hotline is open from 8 am to 10 pm, providing people with advice as to what actions they can take against government officials who asks for a bribe to perform their duty. Kejriwal said the hotline centre was able to handle only 824 of the calls that came in on Thursday but that it would double its staff to 30 to handle the flood of callers. (Source: AsiaNews)




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