I Paid a Bribe: Uncover the market price of Corruption

IpaidABribe.com is a place where you can find a solution to the problems of corruption. Earlier, I had written about How to Fight Corruption in India Successfully. But that goes through the CVC, and if you are someone like me who isn’t really fond of the state or you have more faith in ‘people power’, IpaidABribe.com is the answer to your corruption problems.

IpaidBribe.com is an initiative by Janaagraha. This is what they say about their initiative

IpaidBribe.com is Janaagraha’s unique initiative to tackle corruption by harnessing the collective energy of citizens. You can report on the nature, number, pattern, types, location, frequency and values of actual corrupt acts on this website. Your reports will, perhaps for the first time, provide a snapshot of bribes occurring across your city. We will use them to argue for improving governance systems and procedures, tightening law enforcement and regulation and thereby reduce the scope for corruption in obtaining services from the government.

IpaidBribe.com leverages ‘people power’ to fight corruption. It collects everyone’s experiences related to a particular department and sorts them. And its not just open for people who have paid a bribe or refused a bribe but also open for people who want to not go through the same ordeal. People can also write how they got their work done from a particular department, and in the process helping others with not having to pay a bribe to get their work done.

People can also list honest officers who helped them or loop holes or advice that might speed up the process. And not just people, even Government officials can use the data, Recently a senior official in the transport department used the data to take action against 20 of his own men for corruption.

The portal also offers other cool ways like ‘Ask Raghu’ where you can get an inside view on the problem. Raghu gives an introduction about him:

I am here to take you through a guided tour of the MAZE how corruption is plotted and executed and to provide you with some answers to your questions on how to avoid, resist, reduce and eliminate corruption. With 26 years of experience in the Government of India and of Karnataka State, as a former high ranking civil servant, I bring you the view from within the “system”

You can also call on the toll free number 1800-102-5262 (JANA) to register your complaints and any other experiences. The phone line is open from Mon to Sat, 10am to 5pm; but as of now the service is available only in English, Kannada and Tamil.

I feel that this is an amazing initiative and is likely to work.

Image: IpaidABribe.com