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By NewsGram Staff Writer

With an eye towards rooting out corruption at all levels, the Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala announced today that the Kerala Police would seek help from the people.This will be a first initiative of its kind.

In the wake of project “Vigilant Kerala, Say No to Corruption”, launched on a pilot basis in 52 states in September last year, becoming increasingly effective, the Kerala government has decided to extend it across the state.

The Home Minister, while addressing reporters along with senior officials of the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau said that in most cases, corruption was detected after everything was over but through this new initiative it would be nipped in the bud.

“What we have done is to set up several layers of committees. The grassroots ones would include the common man. The higher committees would include experts in fighting corruption, officials from the state government, vigilance officials, department heads and the highest body would comprise top vigilance officials,” said Chennithala.

Director General of Police (VACB) Vinson M. Paul said, “If anyone finds that a particular civil work is not going as per the desired level of performance, it would be brought to the attention of various committees and immediate action would be taken.”

These committees would look into complaints from the people over the functioning of all government offices, police stations and civil development works.

According to the Director General of Police, the maximum time for resolving an issue is 90 days. Moreover, if the lower committees are unable to resolve the issue, it would be taken up at the highest level.

The website www.vigilantkerala.in. has been provided for the people so that they can report cases of corruption by registering on it.

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Central Government to Launch ‘One Nation, One Ration Card’ Scheme in a Bid to Curb Corruption

There will also be the creation of a Central Repository of all RCs which will help in checking duplication

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An Indian agency distributing ration. Wikimedia Commons

In a bid to curb corruption and dependence on one Public Distribution System (PDS) shop, the Central government will launch the ‘one nation, one ration card’ scheme.

The scheme, according to Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan, will ensure that all beneficiaries especially migrants can access PDS across the nation from any shop of their own choice.

The Minister asserted that the biggest beneficiary of this will be those migrant labourers who move to other states to seek better job opportunities and will ensure their food security. “This will provide freedom to the beneficiaries as they will not be tied to any one PDS shop and reduce their dependence on shop owners and curtail instances of corruption,” the Ministry said in a statement.

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There will also be the creation of a Central Repository of all RCs which will help in checking duplication. Wikimedia Commons

It added that in the next two months, beneficiaries of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh will be able to access the PDS shops. The objective of the department is to ensure that this is implemented nationally in a time bound manner.

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At present, the Integrated Management of PDS (IMPDS) is a system that is already operational in Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Telangana and Tripura wherein a beneficiary can avail his share of food grain from any district in the state. Other states have also assured that IMPDS will be implemented at the earliest, the statement said.

There will also be the creation of a Central Repository of all RCs which will help in checking duplication. (IANS)