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Friday 9/12/2011 on INTERNATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION DAY .
Morning program: Protest by various organisations . Venue : Town Hall. Time : 10. AM
Afternoon Program: Interactive session for orgnisations fighting against corruption .
Venue :Legislators’ Home Conference Hall, Time: 2.30 PM to 4.30 PM
Evening program : Venue : Legislators’ Home Conference Hall. Time: 5.00 PM . Talk by
1. Justice Sri. Shylendra Kumar, Judge, High Court of Karnataka,
2. Prof: R. Vaidyanathan, IIMB, Bangalore
3. Sri Ravindra Reshme , senior journalist.
Youths of Bangalore came to the rally on 11 Dec 2010, Kanteerava Stadium, Bangalore. Get more details by visiting the SAAKU website
Watch the video here of our march on 9th Dec 2010 in front of Vidhana Soudha, Bangalore
Read the article published on 12/9/10 in Financial Express about whistleblowers here
Indian Express report dated 2/8/10 on File indicting IAS officer in cash-for-votes case goes missing
Read here What Indian Express reported on 27/7/10 about 36 IAS officers in Karnataka have something to hide
This is a website initially created in March 2007 to protect my whistle blower husband MN Vijayakumar an IAS officer of 1981 Batch of Karnataka Cadre. He has been lucky enough to have survived three attempts on his life and has faced many threats .I took up his causes after the very first attempt as I never wanted to fight after losing him. Even my son and I have not been spared by the corrupt people against whom we are fighting. This website has lot of information (mostly obtained under the RTI Act by me or those published in the media). This website has been appreciated by the Transparency international, the UNDP, The New York Times, The Guardian weekly, The Gulf News, The International herald tribune and many of the Indian Newspapers (see the media section)
The senior corrupt officers tried to harass him so that my husband would give up his fight against corruption. To quote only a few: They issued my husband with SEVEN transfer orders in less than 10 months, each time for his stubborn stand against corruption by his seniors. But my husband did not change his stand. When my husband was about to introduce systems to enable citizens to see their files from their own computers he was shunted. They posted him without providing a single staff to a company bankrupted by corrupt officers. But my husband created a website and sought help from all like minded people from all over the world (Visit the website) and prepared a plan to revive the Company. He survived three attempts on his life. He was sanctioned leave for the period he worked. He was forced to appear before the doctors against whom he had given report about their corrupt practices(My husband used the opportunity to administer anti corruption pledge to them).He was denied leave when his life was under threat. His request to provide at least a loan to buy a computer for office use was not granted. Today my husband's meetings are web-cast. He has developed many tools and made them available to citizens to fight against corruption (for such efforts he was selected as a finalist to recive the Shanmugam Manjunath Integrity Award, but the corrupt seniors denied him permission - See this and this ) He has reported the corrupt practices of senior IAS officers including Chief secretaries. He has sought permission of the Government to criminally prosecute those who put his life in grave danger. In spite of all these he gave a presentation to more than 100 IAS officers about the Role of Whistle Blowers in Governance. He has created a website to help other whistle blowers involving about 15 IAS officers from different parts of the country and other professionals (Visit the website) What should be even more surprising is that he has got permission from the Government to write a book based on his experiences in fighting corruption that too while continuing in Service. He has demonstrated that fighting corruption practiced anywhere and by anybody is a duty cast upon every officer . He has prevented a few hundred crores worth of land going to the land mafia.He has exposed the corrupt IAS officers working with the land mafia. Visit this site created by my husband while working in a Tribunal to help the litigants who wanted to argue their own cases. He has exposed looting of money meant for the poorest by the corrupt senior IAS officers. My husband has been successful in preventing very corrupt officers getting important Statutory Posts at national level. As you read this you may directly be able to watch him taking meetings (suspended because of certain untoward incidents)
To get a summary of events since he joined the Service Please Scroll Down
To read the old web start page maintained from 2007 to 2009 which gives more details and links please see this
My email dated 7/4/2010 sent to Eminent People of India in connection with letting scot-free real culprits behind Sri Satyendra Dubey's murder
Read the Article in Hindi on whistleblowers of India in Navbharat Times which appeared on 3/4/2010
To know about other whistle blowers please read this
To read about case studies on whistleblowers including my husband's case visit Tehalka Reort dated 6/2/10 on its website
To read about what various media reported our fight against corruption, Please see this I am aware that many of the direct links are broken. It is also interesting to know which links are not working
To know what I told to a Magazine meant exclusively for civil Servants Please read this
To know about what I am trying to communicate to Indians leaving abroad Please read this
To read about the front page article in the Indian Express please see this
To know about issues that are being discussed in the forum please see see this
Pragati Karnataka is a network of people to fighting corruption in Karnataka
Anti-corruption stickers fixed on Government Vehicles on 9/12/09 by us
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I am Jayashree JN married to MN Vijayakumar an IAS officer of Karnataka Cadre. My husband joined IAS in 1981. We married in 1984. Even before the marriage he had made certain things clear about what I should be doing etc. I am giving a briefly some of the events to bring out my husband's fight against corruption which I directly observed or read them in the newspapers and about which I have used the RTI Act since 2006 to collect extensive information.
Within less than a month after our marriage in May 1984, I came to know what would be in store for me when my husband refused to tow the lines of corrupt. At that time the punishment was only transfer to a place where many IAS Officers would not have worked till today. In 1986 my husband made efforts to computerize Government functions. But his action against illegal encroachments was not appreciated. Today Karnataka Government is talking about Regularization Schemes.
My memories are still fresh when in 1986 my husband came home and told me that he submitted his resignation letter to the Chief Secretary as he did not agree with the Chief Secretary that an IAS officer had to be thick skinned when it came to corrupt practices of senior officers.In 1987 when he brought out reports about window dressing by Public Sectors, his boss who supported him told my husband that many of the Chief Executives (who were more than 20 years senior to my husband ) were unhappy with the way their shortcomings were made public and informed my husband that he would be shunted out. I had seen three annual reports brought out by my husband. He and his staff used to spend many nights in the office working the whole night. I was under the impression that for his hard work he would be congratulated!! Since then he has refused to work under corrupt senior officers many times. He submitted resignation letter than to do any thing which would have shielded the corrupt seniors.When in 1991 he was threatened , we learnt that safety of our children and me were also doubtful and at my husband's insistence I stayed with my two children in a far away place.My husband made many efforts to introduce transparency in innovative manners in whichever office he worked. When no one was talking about the Right to Information, in 1991 he set up the first computerized information booth in Dharwar District. His paper on Openness in Administration presented at ASCI Hyderabad in 1993 had all the ingredients of the 2005 Right to Information Act (Seee 1 , 2 , 3).In 1993 when he made fight against corruption and Water Harvesting as parts of Literacy Mission, I learnt about the evils of corruption. I must have traveled to not less than 100 villages creating awareness and must have addressed not less than 5000 volunteers. On the Day the Literacy Program was to be launched my husband received the transfer order. I remember the commotion during that function and my husband informing the gathering that it is the program and not the people who are important. In 1995 my husband created history by showing largest sugar production in an area which was never recognized for high yields. But this he could achieve by plugging the loop holes by video graphing the arrivals of sugarcane. In recognition of his work he was made the Chief Executive of 4 sugar companies. While he was away on training abroad, another officer holding charge of his post worked with corrupt elements and my husband refused to take charge again when his seniors failed to act on his report.
In 1996 and 1997 he introduced many measures to improve transparency and accountability. I do remember one of the junior officers who attended my husband's review meeting telling how my husband instructed more than 40 officers not to follow the instructions given by his senior officer in the same meeting and that too in his presence. When his senior who had the opportunity to make corrupt officers to be held responsible during a review by the Legislative Committee ignored my husband's request, my husband refused to work under that officer. My husband was immediately 'punished' for this and he received four transfer orders in that year. In one of these postings my husband inspected about 100 works and gave a report to the Chief Secretary bringing out the fact that the certification of bad works as good by seniors was the most important cause of perpetuating corruption. At that time though that Chief Secretary must have been very unhappy,( because other honest officers supported my husband) had no choice but to refer my husband's report to the Public Affairs Center which came out with a Guide for monitoring Works for both Officials and Citizens(See this and this).
During 1998 and 1999 he laid foundation for computerization of most of the departments in Karnataka (My husband worked in the field of Computer Simulation of Metals in BARC, Mumbai for five years before joining the IAS). What should surprise anyone is that he did many of these by taking the help of our son who was at that time studying in 9 th Standard. My husband and son together gave a presentation in Computer Society of India about a software (Kannada Speech to Text). When the Editor of a leading Kannada News Paper asked my husband to sell that Software so that he could throw away some of his staff, my husband decided not to make available that software even though it would have given money and fame. He was never after publicity. This was misused by his seniors and colleagues.
In 2000 when my husband was allowed to work for a very short time in the Registration Department, he was able to begin computerization and more importantly introduced afffixing photographs while Registering Properties to unearth benami transactions (See this and this which shows clearly he had planned to videograph the Registration). He had introduced daily information collection system and if had been allowed to work for at least a few more months he would have exposed the Telgi Stamp scam as he had asked information to be obtained from Banks also. His other efforts are mentioned in the Finance Commission Report prepared during that time under the Chairmanship of Sri Veerappa Moily
From 2001 to 2005 he headed Power Sector Reforms. The information available in the Karanataka Electricity Regulatory Commission's Orders indicate how he exposed the suppression and distortion of facts to swindle money which started from 2003 and was brazenly done from 2004 onwards. My husband's Report given in May 2005 to the then Chief Secretary which gave details of looting of money by senior IAS officers gave raise to threats etc. In his next posting in the Department of Public Enterprises he collected more evidences to establish what can be termed day light looting of money by corrupt IAS officers in a systematic manner which lead to the incident reported in the the New York Times later It is after this incident that I decided to take up all issues my husband was fighting against in stead of doing so after losing him. It has been very sickening experiences for me to hear directly from officers occupying the post of Chief Secretary brazenly talking about not just shielding the corrupt but what they wanted to do to silence my husband. One Chief Secretary who shielded her very corrupt brother tried to tell me how honest she was. She tried to desperately contact my husband on the last day of her Service. The next Chief Secretary told in my presence that he shields the corrupt and that we could complain to anyone.CBI had charge sheeted that officer for swindling money meant for Tribals. Even a Legislative Committee had asked Government to initiate action for favoring private people. All these were suppressed and he was made Chief Secretary.But this website exposed all these suppressions and he was removed him from the post of Chief Secretary ( See this and this). As this Chief Secretary questioned my rights as a woman I complained against him with the Women Commission and that Chief Secretary in spite of using the State Machinery lost the case and the Commission ordered the Government to take action against him (See this)The Chief Secretary who came after him , made his office send a message to the effect that even honest officers who worked with my husband in the past would be affected (See the Indian Express Report dated 14/4/08) When he disgraced the murdered whistle blower Sri Manjunath I complained to the President against his criminal behavior(See this). The present Chief Secretary who is fully aware of my husband's fight against corruption for more than two decades though initially appeared to be helpful appears to be too afraid to take any action against any corrupt officer.On the other hand he revealed the residential address my husband had given him to the very corrupt officers who failed to kill my husband after making three attempts on his life.
But none of these had any impact on my husband's fight against corruption. He is the first IAS officer to declare assets (See letter sent to my husband by the Karnataka Lokayukta, in August 2006 ). Though no State Government Office observes the Vigilance week in Karnataka, he always observes it in which ever office he works. He has asked all his colleagues to come forward to declare their assets to the public. Wherever he goes he informs the Government Servants that whistle blowing is a duty to be performed (See this and this ) . He mobilizes people to fight against corruption (See this).His exposure of huge serious corrupt practices during 2007-08 in the Irrigation Department and the brazen efforts of corrupt IAS officers to shield themselves have not just been documented on files but also in videos. After the third attempt on my husband's life even the Police Officer in charge of his protection asked my husband to approach the CBI. My husband was the only IAS officer to participate in the International anti-Corruption Day on 9/12/09 though letters had been sent to all IAS officers in Karnataka. What he exposed in the Karnataka Appellate Tribunal during 2009 about the benami land purchases allowed by corrupt IAS officers and involving corrupt IAS officers (including a retired Chief secretary- See this ) confirm why Karnataka is rated as one of the most corrupt States in the country.
Though my husband suffered a lot in the hands of corrupt senior IAS officers, he has made it clear that just for getting a good posting he would not keep quiet about their corrupt practices. The Reuters report is a reflection of what corrupt IAS officers stoop When he was asked to appear before some Medical Officers against whose corrupt practices he had earlier reported, my husband used the opportunity to administer them Anti Corruption Pledge!
This website has the following main objectives:
To provide a platform for any person who wishes to fight corruption at higher levels and in particular the root of corruption
To provide help to those who have knowledge of corruption but are afraid to take further action. If for any reason, such a person is unwilling to take up the corruption issue, to make arrangements to take up the issues on behalf of such a person.
Create awareness to initiate a movement to demand corruption - free service as a Fundamental Right
To create a network of like minded people to fight corruption at high levels and also proactively join with similar organizations
To share the experiences of using the Right to Information Act in fighting corrupt practices at high level and also provide links to similar actions taken up elsewhere in the country and rest of the world
From the experiences of my husband , to achieve the above, there is an immediate need to do the following to help honest officers to work without being intimidated:
To get a Ruling that the requirement of absolute integrity under the Service Rules already allows Whistle Blowing. In view of this to hasten the enactment of the Public Services Bill
To help to make better provisions for whistle blowers under the Public Services Bill
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