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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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For the 2018 index, 180 countries were surveyed. Denmark and New Zealand topped the list while Somalia, Syria, and South Sudan were at the bottom.

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A global anti-corruption watchdog says the United States has dropped four spots in its list of nations’ anti-corruption efforts and is now no longer listed in the top 20 for the first time.

Acting U.S. Representative at Transparency International, Zoe Reiter, calls a four point drop in the 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) a “red flag.”

She says it comes at a time when the U.S. is experiencing “threats to its system of checks and balances” and an “erosion of ethical norms at the highest levels of power.”

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“If this trend continues, it would indicate a serious corruption problem in a country that has taken a lead on the issue globally,” Reiter says.

The United States scored a 71 in the perceptions index after scoring 75 the previous year.

“The expert opinion captured by the CPI supports the deep concern over corruption in government reported by America in our 2017 survey. Both experts and the public believe the situation is getting worse,” Reiter said.

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Transparency International uses several criteria for measuring how well a country is fighting corruption, including checks and balances on political power, controls on conflicts of interest and private influence on government, and voter suppression.

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For the 2018 index, 180 countries were surveyed. Denmark and New Zealand topped the list while Somalia, Syria, and South Sudan were at the bottom. (VOA)