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.

Ordeal of a Blind Mother – Deserted by Husband, Denied pension

 
/ January 27, 2017

Shakinaur Khatun was a happy woman till five years back, living in Malda, West Bengal. She lived with her husband and two young children in her household. But things changed when she slowly lost her eyesight due to an unknown illness. Her husband and in-laws abandoned Shakinaur and the two...

Without crop loans, Nashik farmers forced to resort to private moneylenders

 
/ January 20, 2017

“Will the farmers of Nashik have to resort to suicide this year too?” aMaya Khodve, a social activist and community correspondent asks the Maharashtra Chief Minister, as she covers the Nashik district’s farmers agitation against the Nashik District Central Co-operative Bank (NDCC) Bank. The bank has refused to provide crop...

Stakeholders demonstrate against Land Acquisition bill 2013

 
/ January 18, 2017

The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Bill 2015 was passed by the Lok Sabha on March 10, 2015. Land Acquisition in India is a process by which the centre or state government acquires private land for industrialization, development or urbanization while providing...

School at the Risk of Collapsing due to Mine Blasting

 
/ January 17, 2017

A regular class in Kujuma Government School is interrupted with a deafening blast. The walls shook and the ceiling threatened to fall down. But in five minutes later, it was a usual business for the 40-50 children studying in the government primary school. This is not a warzone, this is...

Kisan Credit Card Scam unearthed in Jharkhand

 
/ January 13, 2017

The Kisan Credit Card (KCC) intends to help farmers who are economically weak to take credit at lesser rates to buy seeds, fertilizers and other important things needed for irrigation and farming. But what happens when a hopeful farmer is scammed by the very bank official who appeared as a...

Crops destroyed for rail corridor without notice or compensation

 
/ January 2, 2017

The farmers of this small hamlet in Chhattisgarh were eagerly waiting for their crop to ripe. The harvest was thankfully good this season and was their only source of income to survive till the summer of 2017. But their hopes for a decent crop was destroyed in September 2016 when...

Paper toilets constructed in Rajasthan

 
/ April 21, 2016

One hundred and seventy-two families in Kaliwas Village of Rajasthan got toilets, but they exist only on paper. During 2003-2004, 172 BPL (Below Poverty Line) families of Kaliwas village were sanctioned funds for toilets. According to official records, these toilets were built, but the reality is a far cry from...

Impact – Latrine crisis solved through proactive community solutions

 
/ April 3, 2016

80 families of Karatutha village in Odisha were suffering without toilets in their houses. That was until Community Correspondent, Anupama Sathy made a video about the same in 2015. Due to lack of toilets, these families had to defecate out in open. It was difficult for the women to go...