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.

Community comes together to end the ration dealer corruption in Bihar

 
/ September 18, 2015

Public Distribution System in India is an institution where corruption is practised rampantly. So, when our Community Correspondent Reena Devi was informed by the residents of Sikkat village about the corruption within their local Public Distribution System, she went there and shot a video on the issue. The government of...

The Ration of families in Bihar rationed

 
/ August 5, 2015

Over 1000 people from a village are being cheated out of their rations in Jaganathpur, Bihar. The majority of these families elong to Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe.  These families hold an Antyodaya Ration Cards which makes them eligible for 20 kg of rice and 15 kg of wheat as...

Transformer burnt: Now electricity bills burning the resident of Rohtas, Bihar

 
/ August 5, 2015

The residents of an entire village were forced to take out a rally to the District Magistrate’s Office, holding  their dyfunct electricity meter boards. This is the story of how that incident came to be. The Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) was a scheme launched by Government of India...

128 students cheated by a Youth society in Jharkhand

 
/ August 5, 2015

One Hundred and twenty-eight students who had applied for the Anganwadi helper’s post were cheated by Annapurna Youth Society in Baliya Village of Jharkhand. Anganwadis were started by the Indian government in 1975 as part of the Integrated Child Development Services program to combat child hunger and malnutrition. These centres...

Farmers cheated under the Vermicompost scheme in Bihar

 
/ August 4, 2015

India is a land of farmers. It is also a land of farmer suicides – the major culprit being Corruption. Indian Government encourages farmers to use organic fertilisers by using earthworms to make Vermicompost. Under Capital Investment Subsidy Scheme of National Project on Organic Farming (NPOF), financial assistance was provided...

Corrupt Village Head demands bribes to release sanitation incentives

 
/ August 3, 2015

It has been a long wait for the residents of Ahimchak village of Katihar district in Bihar who had been looking forward to their incentives to start building their toilets. The Indian Government used to provide an incentive of Rs 10,000 (currently raised to 15,000), in installments, for each toilet...

Poor quality drains built in Bihar despite ample funds

 
/ August 3, 2015

The open sewage line in this village of Bihar has started disintegrating even before its construction is completed. The contractor has been cutting costs, using sub-standard cement and used bricks, and overlooking the set meaasurements according to the guidlines of the local administration. “The molding for the gutter was supposed...

Bihar’s MNREGA practises gender pay gap

 
/ July 1, 2015

While gender pay gap is blatantly present across the world, India’s National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGA) was one scheme meant to ensure that all its participants are paid equally. The scheme also aims to bring women into the labour force, 1/3rd of the jobs are reserved for women. However,...