CBI’s SMS campaign pays rich dividends

CBI’s SMS campaign pays rich dividends

New Delhi: The SMS campaign launched by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to create public awareness against corruption seems to have paid rich dividends with the agency claiming it has successfully laid 40 traps so far from September.

“This is not the end. The complaints continue to pour in the agency’s Anti-corruption Branches all over the country," CBI’s Press Information Officer R.K. Gaur said.

On 13 August, CBI tied up with various telecom operators like Vodafone, MTNL, BSNL, Airtel, Reliance and Idea among others to send out messages to their subscribers giving out the agency’s phone number on which citizens could report about any government official demanding bribe.

“As an outcome of these campaigns, numerous queries have been received by Anti Corruption Branches (ACB) of CBI regarding the nature of complaints CBI entertains and the procedure for making such complaints among others," he said.

“As a result, the complainants approaching ACB have increased manifold (about 500). On the basis of SMSs received by general public, 40 traps could be successfully laid during the last month," Gaur said.

“Some information about suspected offenders and also about cases already being investigated by CBI have also been received and the same is under process for further necessary action," he said.

The Anti-Corruption Branch of CBI in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Patna, Ranchi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Bhopal and Chandigarh regions had participated in the campaign.

The CBI, however, said that the queries or complaints pouring in ACBs are not very focused yet, they are just an interface to educate the people towards new possibilities.