Corruption

corruptionCorruption 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.

Success: A Women’s Self-Help Group Gets Justice

 
/ July 10, 2014

Self Help Groups (SHGs) are village-based programs usually with agendas of empowerment, development of leadership abilities, anti-poverty agendas, using financial intermediation as a starting point to these goals. In this interview, Community Correspondent Neeru Rathod speaks of how she inspired 11 women in Sonpari village in Gujarat to speak out against...

Impact: Corruption free meals in one village in Gujarat!

 
/ June 23, 2014

The Mid-Day Meal Scheme is a government-sponsored scheme meant to provide food to children in schools. This scheme was launched to check malnutrition & to encourage attendance in schools. In this interview, Community Correspondent Neeru Rathod describes how she & her community in Kanpur, Gujarat united to ensure 30 children...

Caught on camera taking bribe | IMPACT

 
/ August 6, 2015

The poor citizens had to pay a bribe of Rs 10 to get their Aadhar cards delivered in Bherwa Village, Madhupur Block, District Deoghar, Jharkhand.  Aadhaar or UIDAI (Unique Identification) is a 12-digit unique identification number issued by the Indian government to every individual resident of India.  By law, the...

Only Few Toilets functional in an Open-Defecation Free Block

 
/ February 13, 2017

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...

IU Impact : Camera VS Contractor

 
/ February 17, 2014

Community Correspondent Warles Surin recently took on a wealthy contractor who was cheating labourers from payments across the whole of Jaldega block in Jharkhand.Warles narrates the dramatic and harrowing details of what it took to bring justice and fair wages to at least a 100 people. Lack of awareness is...

Sita and Twenty Widows Appeal for Widow Pension in Bihar

 
/ February 10, 2017

Makulal, a poor widow of Bihar has not received any widow pension fund under the National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP) since her husband died a decade ago. She would earlier do manual labour for a living, but her failing health has forced her to stop working. She and her young...

Impact: Ration for 250 Families

 
/ January 29, 2014

Back in 1871, during the British rule in India, the ‘Criminal Tribes Act’ branded the members of the Pardhi community along with around 150 other tribal communities as criminals. These were all tribes that had supported the Indian Mutiny of 1857. This law gave sweeping powers to the police to...