Hyderabad: Under increasing fire for corruption in their department, particularly with respect to issues related to land records, a group of officials from the Munugode Tahsildar office, declared themselves corruption-free. And on Monday, in their attempt to leave no one in doubt about their sincerity of purpose, they pasted a large sign on their office building saying it is ‘corruption-free’.
“There are a lot of apprehensions that everyone in the Revenue Department is corrupt. This is not true. We are not claiming there is no corruption at all as some officials and staff may be indulging in such acts. Our intention is to ensure that people know they can come to us freely with their problems and we will solve them in a time-bound manner without anyone in our office asking for a single penny,” the Munugode Deputy Tahsildar J Srinivasulu told
Telangana Today on Monday.
He said they posted the sign on Monday. “Seeking our services is the right of the people and if anyone asks for money in return for the work, then people have the information as to whom they can approach with their complaints,” he said.
It may be recalled that Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao was stressing on the government taking steps shortly to ensure a corruption-free land registration and record system. The State government is also in the process of preparing a new Revenue Act, which promises to be a landmark in terms of providing hassle- and corruption-free services to the people.
The sign on the Munugode Tahsildar (Mandal Revenue Officer) office building provides the phone numbers of the Tahsildar and Deputy Tahsildar for people to contact if lower level officials, such as Village Revenue Officers or Assistants ask for money. In case the Tahsildar or Deputy Tahsildar asks for the same, the sign also provides the mobile phone numbers of the Nalgonda District Collector and Nalgonda Revenue Development Officer who can
be approached with such complaints.
“There is a one hundred per cent negative opinion about our department among people when it comes to land issues. We want to do our bit at our office to show that there are also people in the department who want to provide honest services. We have been discussing this issue for the past few days with all our staff, including the VRAs and VROs and everyone is on board with this initiative,” Srinivasulu said.