If yes, then tell us about it. The fight against Corruption may well begin with simple acts of documentation.
For too long we have shied away from disclosing this very personal pain that most of us have to endure. Occasionally people pay a bribe to get something done out of turn or to get things hastened up . The blame in those cases is shared squarely between the one paying bribe and the one receiving it. But in most other cases, one is forced to pay a bribe because there is no other alternative but to forgo the requested service. All we then do is to pay silently and forget about it. But now there is way to get back – by creating a ‘virtual record’ of the the acts of bribe. The Bribe Rate Chart is an initiative to use our collective strength[ recall: Why Social Media can fight Corruption – Aggregation] to send a definitive signal to our ruling elite that Corruption is a problem that has to be dealt with expeditiously.
[recall: July 22, 2009, Corruption Unveiled]
“This blog aspires not just to become a forum for discussion to vent pent up anger. It also aims to become a means for gauging the level of corruption in society. One of the primary reasons for corruption to flourish is the utter secrecy associated with it. Everyone knows it is there but no one talks about it. Everything has got a price, they say. What if the price becomes known and the veil of secrecy is lifted? How about a live rate chart for bribes fueled by nationwide personal experience. Let us bring to bear the might of Social Media to unravel the corruption conundrum in India.”
The promise is now live in the form of a Bribe Rate Chart. This is a page to be built by the contributory knowledge of all you. You can directly add to the limited information provided on this page from the wealth your own personal experience or your private sources of information. Your inputs will shape this page. If however you find it difficult to add the information directly you may send us the information in either of the below three ways. We will then include the same in the ‘Bribe Rate Chart‘.
2. Tweet about what you want to add with #NoBribe hash tag.
3. Leave a comment at the bottom of the ‘Bribe Rate Chart’ post.
Its time now that together we force the hands of our democratic masters to deal with this problem. [recall: Obituary to Corruption]