Determined to not let the movement against corruption flag, the city's youngsters plan to pay every government office a visit
While many have wondered what will happen of the movement against corruption once Anna Hazare ended his fast and moved to Ralegan Siddhi, it appears youngsters in Mumbai have the answer.
Starting Tuesday, about 200 activists from India Against Corruption (IAC), the outfit that helped organise Hazare's 12-day fast, will start visiting every government office in Mumbai, Thane, Kalyan and Navi Mumbai, asking the officer in charge to sign declarations which state that state corruption of any kind will not be encouraged there.
Also, stickers reading 'Corruption Prohibited' will be pasted in the offices. If the officers refuse to sign the declaration, the Chief Minister will be informed.
Their first stop is going to be the ration shops of the region, followed by RTO offices on Thursday, and then the offices belonging to the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority, the municipal wards, the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority, the Slum Rehabilitation Authority, and other government offices.
This, however, is only the first round. For the second round, the youngsters plan to use the Right To Information Act as a tool to solve the pothole menace in the city by seeking information about contractors.
The group also plans to collect samples from potholed roads and compare them with the standards set by the government. A public hearing-like meeting will then ensue where the contractor responsible for the road and BMC officers will be asked to attend.
There will then be a discussion on how to resolve the issue. According to Mayank Gandhi, the coordinator of IAC, Mumbai, all these steps are being taken to keep the momentum started by Hazare alive.
"All the activists had a brainstorming session on Friday. The biggest question was how to keep the momentum alive," said Gandhi.