Corruption permeates all levels of Indian society. Bloated bureaucracies, constant payouts, and siphoned resources prevent many services from running properly—or running at all. Despite this, many work to ease the burden of corruption within the structures in place. The diffusion of the internet has enabled people to share information and join others in the fight against the normalization of corruption. India’s Right to Information Act, enacted in 2005, allows citizens timely access to government information and financial records. This has furnished citizens with a new capacity to speak out against institutional corruption. In this section, IndiaUnheard Community Correspondents report on corruption.
Corruption Plagues the World’s Largest Employment Guarantee Scheme
The Cooch Behar district administration has been felicitated for their commendable MNREGA work, but workers’ rights find no place in the celebration.
Women Allege Corruption and Gender Discrimination in MNREGA
MNREGA officials take signatures on blank sheets, leaving women workers in the dark about their records and payment.
The Green Guardians of Goa: A Citizens’ Movement Against a Brewery
In a tiny village in South Goa, people have come forward to protect the environment when the government is bending backwards to accommodate corporate interests.
Anganwadi without basic amenities and Water
“There is a toilet within the Anganwadi, but it is not fit for use.” The neglect faced by Moreng Uraav Ttoli Anganwadi Centre, which is considered as a model Anganwadi (courtyard shelter) centre in Gumli district of Jharkhand doesn’t just end at dysfunctional toilets. This model Anganwadi, which has 35...
Tribals refused land documents for 28 years despite Forest Rights Act
“They keep saying we will get it today or tomorrow. But we never do.” Despair is written all over Santuram’s face, as he shares his fight to right under Forest Rights Act with our Community Correspondent Khirendra Yadav. Farmers in Nevta village of Kondagaon development area in Chattisgarh have been...
Demonetization, Chaos and Closed Banks in Kupwara
Demonetization has been not very much influencing Kashmiris due to regular shutdowns. But, due to the non – availability of new currency notes at J&K Bank branches in Kupwara, people have been suffering badly.
Only Few Toilets functional in an Open-Defecation Free Block
The Village Council Head, Sobitra Nagesh, from Chhattisgarh proudly declares his village is Open-Defection Free on camera. And one would believe him. But a short walk around the village Bansajhal and conversations with the residents exposes the lie that Sobitra blatantly said on camera. The most important objective of the Swachh Bharat...