Journalists To Help Oust Corruption In Police
The Centre is bringing in prominent journalists to get rid of the country's police system of the menace of corruption and to help it identify reasons behind how corruption has come to be so deep-rooted in the police services.
The task has been taken up by the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D), which is under the Union home ministry. The Bureau has sought help from a total of 25 journalists, especially those who have covered crime and policing for long. However, the bureau has excluded editors from the list, saying that their information would be unfruitful. It has also planned to analyse the system of bribery and how it impacts policing. They will check for modes and methods of seeking bribes and analyse cases of corruption registered against police officials.
The bureau will also interact with non-government organisations (NGOs) in the states. A recent survey by Transparency International (TI), a global anti-corruption civil society organisation had said India ranks top of the bribery rate among 16 Asia Pacific countries surveyed. However, the bureau's task is limited to looking into the corruption in the police system, and to find ways of eventually weeding it out.