This is a website initially created to protect my whistle blower husband MN Vijayakumar an IAS officer of 1981 Batch of Karnataka Cadre
To get a summary of events since he joined the Service Please read this
To read about the old webpage maintained from 2007 to 2009 please see this
To read about what various media reported 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
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 the 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 when not only he was threatened but we learnt that safety of our children and me were also doubtful 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 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 do 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 should not surprise anyone. 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 as being the most important cause of perpetuating corruption. At that time though that Chief Secretary must have been very unhappy because of other honest officers supporting my husband had no choice but to refer my husband's report to the Public Affairs Center to come 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 to 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.
It was in 2000 when my husband was allowed to work for a very short time 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 he exposed the suppression and distortion of facts to swindle money which started from 2003 onwards and was brazenly done from 2004 onwards. My husband Report given in May 2005 to the then Chief Secretary which gave details of looting of money by senior IAS officers which 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 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 and 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.
The following are the LATEST
Anti-corruption stickers fixed on Government Vehicles on 9/12/09 by us
Reaction of Lokayukta, Karnataka given to ETV on 9/11/09 in connection with NFIW exposing Corrupt IAS Officers getting High Level Committee clandestinely abolished during President's Rule and keeping it a secret till recently
My complaint to the Integrity Vice Presidency of the World Bank against corrupt IAS officers who stealthily got the High Level Committee on Anti-Corruption abolished on 2/11/07 and kept it secret till 20/7/09United Nation's Anti-corruption Website Observe International Anti-corruption Day on 9/12/08. SAY NO TO CORRUPTION
My letter to the Karnataka IAS Officers' Association to take pledge on the occasion of Rajyotsava and Deepavali celebrations organised along with IAS officers" wivees Association on 7/11/08 with copies to the Lokayukta and the Chief Secretary.
India ranks (122) below Pakistan (74), SriLanka (103) Bangladesh (104) and Nepal(111), (In enforcing contracts India ranks 180 among 181 countries) says an annual World Bank report- Doing Business 2009 released on 11 Sept 2009
P Swaminathan's appeal dated 25/8/08 to CVC in a case which the Commission advised closure. See the appeal here
Whistleblowing is a must . Blow the Whistle to expose coruption Lieutenant colonel Akash Sachan blows whistle on another scam Times Of India and NDTV and IBN reports - 4/8/08
How these get Reported on 9/4/08 in Times of India - page 5 Wife Seeks IAS Officer's Suspension to save his Life and Deccan herald Suspend IAS officer's Wife writes to Governor and in The Hindu CADA official’s life is under threat: wife
|I am only one. But I am still one. I cannot do everything. But still I can do something; And because I cannot do everything; Let me not refuse to do the something that I can —Edward Everett Hale|
|Everyone wants to loot this country. The only deterrent is to hang a few corrupt persons from the lamp post," …The only way to rid the country of corruption is to hang a few of you from the lamppost. The law does not permit us to do it but otherwise we would prefer to hang people like you from the lamppost..- a bench of Supreme Court justices S.B. Sinha and Markandeya Katju 7/3/07|
|A popular Government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives. - James Madison ,1822|
|…How many know that some NGOs have declared after a detailed survey and published statistics that Karnataka is the most most corrupt state in India Yes ahead of Bihar and UP What a privilege!…- Read the Guestbook|
Supression and distortion of facts by Sri P.B.Mahishi,IAS Chief Secretary Of Karnataka in his letter to GOI about Sri M.N.Vijayakumar, IAS- My letter to GOI based on information collected by me under RTI Act-10/9/07
To see the farce of police protection given to me see the police beatbook from 22/8/07 to 7/9/07 during which period my house was locked as I was away performing various rituals in connection with my mother-in-law's death on 24/8/07
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I am Jayashree J.N, married to an IAS officer M.N.Vijayakumar of Karnataka Cadre who has served in Karnataka for the last 25 years. He is a Principal Secretary Grade officer.I am also directly and indirectly involved with various agencies fighting corruption
If the site appears too personal it is intended to be so. We want the people who want to support us to know very clearly what we are.
My husband , a WHISLEBLOWER, is continuously fighting corrupt practices in the system. As my husband is being harassed for exposing the corrupt practices of the senior officers, and as this harassment is silently watched (or more probably supported) by the head of the bureaucracy,
I also decided to take up his causes independently.To know my husband's style of functioning in using technology for increasing transparency. read this
I started this website to mobilize like minded people across the country to fight against brazen corruption in Karnataka . The Chief Secretary sent a notice to my husband recently to the effect that he should either disown association with this website (created to fight against corruption) or else he should disassociate himself from me- i.e, he should divorce me! Against this obscene and pervert notice I have filed complaint against him with the Karnataka Women's Commission. See my complaint hereI have filed complaint with the Lokayukta against subverting Women Commission's Order directing Government to initiate action against certain officers including the then Chief Secretary Sri.P.B.Mahishi.
In spite of fatal threats faced by my husband and me, we are determined to mobilize like minded people against this total lawlessness in Karnataka. Incidentally Karnataka which has been graded as the fourth most corrupt state in India, now appears to be leading the country in corruption. This alone should tell why the fight against corruption can not be delayed any further. All these have made people of Karnataka to bow their heads in shame before others. Any self-respecting person staying in Karnataka should fight to remove this stigma by supporting honest people who are fighting corruption
I have extensively used RTI Act to expose dereliction of duty by the Chief Secretary in handling corruption issues..
My husband has continued his efforts to attack corruption at the root, without being afraid of the threats he received and harassment meted out to him. From September 2006 to June 2007 my husband has been transferred seven times in the last ten months, each time for reporting serious corrupt practices by senior officers(nothing technical about these transfers: entire purpose of these transfers were to keep my husband from pursuing the corrupt cases he reported. In a few cases he was prevented from functioning to shield the corrupt). He has also informed the Chief Secretary in writing that he would like to watch to what level the corrupt would be protected and then approach the CAT and other Authorities. He Has fIled case against the Chief Secretary for shielding the corrupt. He also hopes to get decisions from appropriate authorities that the requirement of absolute integrity in Service Rules also provide protection to the Whistle Blowers. Due to this, he has not gone to the CAT immediately and there is another major reason which he will be revealing at appropriate time. As long as Government servants with integrity are threatened , there is no way corruption can be contained. He wants public pressure to be built for immediate enactment of the The Public Service Law or at least for immediate enactment of provisions relating to protection of Whistle Blowers .
Recently after he took charge as Regional Commssioner, Bangalore (but was transferred within 20 days after posting) he introduced a system using the provisions of the Right to Information Act in an innovative way, where in public are allowed to see files without making any application between 2.30 pm and 5.30 pm on every second and fourth tuesday of every month. He also planned to make web viewing of the file. These developments threatened many corrupt people and he was transferred just 2 days before the launch of the program . However, his efforts have been widely reported and it is hoped that citizens will demand for its operation.You can visit the related website here. how he fought against corruption in his posting in spite of not having any facilities in the closed Mysore Lamps.. visit here to know what these corrupt officers did including the Chief Secretary and how my husband frustrated their efforts.
Under pressure from corrupt officers in the Commerce and Industries Department he has been shifted again after he submitted a revival plan for Mysore Lamps. But this time to a distant place Belgaum with you a view to finish him off. My husband's continued efforts in fighting corruption inspite of serious threats in Belgaum can be seen here
I have used the Right to Information Act to show how the Chief Secretary deliberately dismantled systems needed to check corruption. To one of my RTI applications ,the Chief Secretary has given reply in writing that corruption is a routine matter for him and he does not keep any information about it!!! The Chief Secretary has total disregard for the statutory authorities, he never cared for the directions issued by the Governor of Karnataka. See my letter to the Governor here for further details. The Chief Secretary threatned my husband in my presence and told my husband to report to the Lokayukta that the Chief Secretary does not take action against the corrupt and that the Chief Secretary shields the corrupt..
Most of the RTI groups and websites address corruption at lower levels. There are hardly any groups dealing with corruption at higher levels. I thought there is a need to provide a platform for any person wishing to fight corruption at high levels and provide assistance based on the rich experience my husband has, in fighting corrupt practices of his senior officers. I am aware of most of them as I have also taken up some of the issues raised by him independently using the RTI Act. This site gives details of his continuous struggle against corruption and also details of what I am doing to fight corruption..
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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