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In AP, dial 1100 and hope corrupt official returns your bribe

If you had paid a bribe for availing of any government service in Andhra Pradesh in the recent days, just dial 1100 and report the matter.

Chance is that the corrupt government servant, who fleeced you, may possibly come knocking on your door to return the amount.

That seems to be the new trend in the state, if claims of the Chandrababu Naidu government are to be believed.

With a recent nation-wide survey report placing AP at the second place after Karnataka as the most corrupt state in the country, the Chandrababu regime has launched this exercise to showcase its fight against corruption.

"So far 12 persons had returned the bribe amounts to the citizens in the past few days. In one instance in Kurnool district, a panchayat secretary had returned (bribe) money to 10 citizens (in separate cases)," Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu said the other day.

The 'People First' grievance redressal channel launched by the government on May 25 seems to be "working wonders" and "sending chill down the spines of (corrupt) public servants", some government functionaries have claimed.

"The 1100 call centre has been receiving tremendous response. It's a good effort to cleanse the society. Scared government officials are returning the bribe amounts to citizens," advisor (communications) to the government P Prabhakar said recently.

The 'People First' is part of the government's real-time governance initiative to build a "happy, healthy and sustainable society".

However, a senior bureaucrat said the initiative is just a message to people that even if they have paid any bribe, they can expect it to be returned as the government is taking the calls to 1100 seriously.

"Procedural inquiries are essential for any punitive action against public servants," the bureaucrat said.
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