Palakkad bribery case: Minister Rajan announces online portal, toll-free number to report corruption

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Revenue Minister K Rajan | Photo: Mathrubhumi News

Kochi: Kerala Revenue Minister K Rajan on Wednesday said that an online portal and toll-free number will be set up in June for people to report corruption by revenue officials. The minister’s remarks came in wake of the arrest of a village official in a bribery case in Palakkad, the other day.

“People should not encourage corrupt officials. Apart from not accepting bribes, government employees should have a social commitment that they will not allow others to take bribes as well,” said the minister.

Further, Rajan added that the land revenue commission has been instructed to replace all the village assistants and village field assistants, who have completed three years, in all the revenue department offices.

Meanwhile, the district collector has ordered the suspension of the field assistant of the Palakkayam village office, V Suresh Kumar, who was arrested in the sensational bribery case.

According to the order, Kumar has been suspended based on section 10 (1) (b) of the Kerala Civil Services (Classification, Control & Appeal) Rules 1960. It is also learnt that he extracted at least Rs 500 from people who approached the village office for various purposes.

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