IMPHAL, March 24 - Manipur Cabinet on Friday decided to set up a special cell at Chief Minister�s Secretariat to receive complaints against corrupt officials for ensuring transparency and accountability in governance.
�It was a landmark decision aimed at transparency and accountability in all spheres of administration and for ensuring corruption-free governance,� said an official statement issued here. �In order to help the Government to ensure transparency and accountability, a dedicated mobile number (9402150000) was also earmarked to receive public grievance or information related to any incident of corruption.�
The general public shall be encouraged to capture the video/audio of any incident of corruption in public service and send the same through WhatsApp to the above notified number, the statement added.
The State Government will take prompt action in all such cases and the identity of the person giving information shall be protected. Simultaneously, general public shall refrain from forwarding frivolous complaints as it will invite strict action under appropriate law.
The Cabinet also decided to discontinue interview in direct recruitment for junior level posts (Grade-III & IV) in all departments in line with the policy adopted by the Central Government to curb corruption and also to ease the problems of poor people.
Another decision taken by the Cabinet was to promulgate an ordinance for exemption of fee in the transfer of documents of land to women to implement �Housing for All� under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana effectively in Greater Imphal area through MAHUD.
It decided that all the State projects and schemes be brought under the ambit of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) with the use of public fund management system (PFMS) within a period of three months.
DBT is a major reform initiative launched by Government of India to ensure better and timely delivery of benefits from government to the public.