Popular video hosting website Youtube has always been used as a tool of entertainment and communication for most of us. But the Government of Bihar has used the website as a method of fighting corruption taking place in the state.
In order to tackle the major corruption problem, authorities have taken to Youtube. When certain corrupt government officials were accepting bribes for a welfare scheme, they found themselves on the video hosting channel.
The campaign was started by , Rural Development Minister Nitish Mishra, who says that,
“We have uploaded clips of complaints against officials who demand bribes from the poorest of poor in connection with the Indira Awas Yojana”
The Indira Awas Yojana (IYA) is a government conceived scheme that provides monetary support for citizens who live below the poverty line in order to build living facilities for themselves.
Close to one million people were benefited by this scheme. But after repeated complaints of corruption from many people, Mishra decided to do something about the matter.
Mishra said that the objective of the campaign was to ‘embarrass and expose the officials’. And the campaign has managed to do a fairly good job at it. In just two months of its initiation, 72 officers have been indicted, some of them have even been sent a Show Cause notice by the Government.
Mishra plans to continue aggressively with this campaign. In the past two months, the organization has uploaded close to 600 videos on Youtube.
Indian Government organizations are trying to make their presence felt on the digital space. This new initiative by the Bihar Government is a significant step towards this objective.