'Jail tourism' - new mantra to deter Uttar Pradesh officials from corruption
Take a tour of the jail, get a glimpse of life behind bars and decide for yourself if you want to indulge in corruption.
This is the message the Farrukhabad District Magistrate has for government officials to deter them from graft.
District Magistrate Ravindra Kumar hit upon the novel idea and sent 576 government employees to the central jail in Farrukhabad to interact with inmates, including government officials who are living in confines of the prison.
"Recently I suspended six government officials as they were allegedly involved in corruption. In the entire process of taking action, a probe officer is appointed and again the possibility of corruption rises. The best way to curb corruption is to instill a sense of responsibility among the officials so that they themselves deter from corrupt practices," Kumar said.
About his concept of sending government officials on "jail tourism", Kumar said there were 88 government employees from across the state lodged in the central jail, Farrukhabad.
"'Jail tourism' should act as a new mantra to deter corrupt officials," he said.
"I sent 576 government officials to visit jail on Monday so that they share the experience of inmates, including government servants. The objective is that they should know the experience of those behind bars and ultimately deter them not to indulge in corrupt practice which might invite similar fate for them," the district magistrate said.
Among those who visited the jail included Lekhpals (revenue officers) dealing in land-related matters, ration shop owners, who deal with supply of food items, and panchyat officers, who deal with various schemes implemented at village level. Head of some departments also went inside the jail to feel the life there, he said, adding that following the state government's 'zero tolerance for corruption' his aim was to check the menace.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has expressed displeasure over rising corruption and kept it on its priority to rid the state from corruption.