IMPHAL, March 7: The Aam Aadmi Party Manipur has today appealed to all government servants including security personnel to control themselves from demanding bribes from the common people for discharging official duties, said a press statement of the party.
This practice has eroded the status of so many government officials in the minds of the public, who were denied attention/justice for failing to bribe them, it said.
Begging money for entering the state Secretariat by the security guards, demanding money for issuing Tribe /Caste/ Income/ Domicile, etc, certificates, taking bribes for transfer & posting of officials spoils the positive thinking of the people, the statement continued.
“Illiterate and aged people from remote areas should be dealt with outmost respect.”
“Charging above Rs 3000/- for mutation of land ownership or House /Plot Patta without issuing receipts by the concern officials has also become a common practice. Such corrupt culture is bound to destroy the mindset and futures of the youth of Manipur,” further continued the statement of the AAP.
It is also learnt that a large number of government servants including police personnel, who were recruited by giving a hefty bribes to the concern authorities are now a frustrated lots, further continued the statement.
As their salary neither comes in time nor are they able to take care of the family expenses, many of them, who could not repay the loan they took at an exorbitant monthly interest, have also reduced them into bonded government servants, it further said.
“K Zou senior member of the AAP Manipur express shock on the resent report on the extremely poor drinking water in the urban valley by the Gram Panchyat. If 79% of the urban valley population depends on untreated water from ponds (pukhri), cannel, rivers, what would be the condition in the remote hill areas. AAP is also surprise to see that most of the Oil Pumps, especially in the hill areas were closed even before the date of imposing bandh by various organization, whereas, unlimited Petrol/ Diesel are easily available in an exorbitant prices in the open black markets,” it said.
The party has also expressed concern on how private vehicles can operate everywhere without following the Indian Motor Vehicle Act.
Thoujam Manihar Singh, state AAP coordinator, appeal to all common people of Manipur, irrespective of tribes /communities and political affiliations, to openly join the on going nation wide Anti-Corruption campaign of the party.