We have set for ourselves several aims and objectives as aforementioned, of which, in our opinion, the foremost, at least for the present, is promoting transparency and eradicating corruption. The fight against lack of transparency and corruption in public life has to be turned into a people’s movement because :
- Lack of transparency encourages arbitrariness and hinders developmental processes on which huge expenditure is incurred by the public exchequer
- Corruption has a devastating impact especially on resource-poor people who even at the best have a restricted access to basic civic amenities and other facilities.
- Corruption discourages merit, demoralizes the honest, undermines the human element, and fosters disrespect for the rule of law.
- Those in position of power and authority are able to evade with impunity retributive consequences of their dishonest actions .
We have chalked out a dynamic and pro-active action plan to help create awareness of the negative impact of corruption, the more prominent features of which are:
- Information-empowerment of common people as regards the procedures prescribed for obtaining services from public service providers; rights and responsibilities as citizens of a free and democratic country; and access to the institutional mechanisms that have been established for redress of public grievances.
- Exposing, and bringing to light the imbalances in the delivery system of public services which breed corruption and other malpractices.
- Assisting the public authorities in identifying the systemic loopholes which are vulnerable to be exploited by the corrupt.
- Serving as a forum to bring together the representatives from the government, public and private sectors, and other stake-holders to formulate appropriate strategies and design suitable programmes to help eliminate corruption in the delivery of services.
- Working on projects, based on participatory mode, aimed at improving governance and improving the interface between the service providers and service users;
- Conducting research on various aspects of ethics in governance; and bringing out publications etc. to raise awareness and contribution to the cause.
The major tools proposed to be applied for achieving the aims and objectives set out for the Mission will be as follows:
- Taking recourse to the powers conferred by the Right to Information Act, 2005.
- Organizing seminars, workshops, street plays and other traditional modes of communication to spread awareness.
- Networking with like–minded people to launch programmes aimed at making probity in governance a people’s movement.
- Selective use of print and electronic media to promote transparency and accountability.
- Serving as a forum for offering free-of-cost advice, guidance and assistance to those aggrieved by the harassment caused by the dis-honest and corrupt practices.