In a first of its kind in the country, an Anti Corruption Index will soon be launched in Kerala in tandem with the CPI(M)-led LDF government's policy of 'zero tolerance to corruption'.
Kerala Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau is implementing the programme to measure the level of corruption on a monthly basis in the state.Titled Kerala Anti-corruption Index (KAI), the initiative will have a set of proxy indicators to measure the graphs of corruption in all spheres of society.The agency will also launch a series of mobile applications with the objective of empowering people under its programme of capacity building to deal with corruption in the every day life.Explaining the initiative, VACB director and DGP Jacob Thomas said the objective is to evolve a "durable and sustainable" mechanism to check corruption, which is possible only by sensitising and empowering general public."We are in the process of implementing a Kerala Anti-Corruption Index. It is group of 20-25 simple, composite indicators or parameters upon which people feel or access corruption that they see, hear or experience in everyday life," Thomas told PTI.After the initial testing phase, modern social media technology would be used for this monthly measurement, he said."The LDF government has already made it clear that zero tolerance to corruption will be its policy." "The Governor, in his policy address during the first assembly session, has said this government would pursue a proactive policy of zero tolerance to corruption that will be visible and felt," he said.With the launching of KAI, corruption in every sphere of society, including at various government departments, could be assessed."I hope that we will be able to measure the level of corruption in the government level by September-October through this index. It will help us find out whether the corruption level is on the rise or waning each month," he said.Indicators in KAI include potholes in roads, unattended waste heaps, building on lake side, filling of wetlands and paddy, known corrupt/unethical, unscrupulous persons in key posts, foreign liquor bar or beer parlour near school or religious places, giving orders without tenders and delay in decisions /services from public offices, among others."Good governance through development, infrastructure, welfare, regulatory, safety and watch-do mechanism is our objective," he said.