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Frequently Asked Questions :

 Q1.      How was Parivartan formed?

Ans      A small group of people, who were quite agitated with the levels of corruption  in society, started meeting to find ways to tackle corruption. They regularly met for almost a year in 1999 and did brain storming to find methods to combat corruption. Ultimately, it was decided to do an experiment with a government department by picking up a small issue in that Department. The experiment was started with the issue of refunds in Income Tax Department.

 Q2.      Why was Income Tax Department chosen for the experiment?

Ans      Some of the founding members were Chartered Accountants and were technically equipped to handle it. Also, since it was an experiment, Parivartan did not wish to take up an issue which concerned masses. Income Tax affects a small section of population. And the issue of refunds would be affecting even a smaller segment. In the beginning, Parivartan did not have experience, resources (both financial and human) and credibility to handle a very big project.

 Q3.      What are the reasons for corruption and how can it be tackled?

Ans              According to Parivartan, corruption is of two types Mutual Corruption and Extortionist Corruption.

            Mutual Corruption is the one where giver and taker are both happy about it because both of them benefit out of it. None of the two curse it or condemn it. They do not even talk about it. For instance, kickbacks in grant of contracts is a case of Mutual Corruption. Parivartan feels that Mutual Corruption can be tackled by four methods

        Religion By changing the hearts of the people

        By methods like Vigilance, CBI etc

        Through transparency in administration including granting Right to Information

        Bringing appropriate changes in the system

Parivartan, in its present stage, does not find itself equipped to handle Mutual  Corruption.

            Extortionist Corruption is the one where bribe is demanded to do something which is the right of a person. For instance, getting an income tax refund, getting correct electricity bills, getting telephone repaired on time etc. Here, it is the right of a person to get these but it is not done without bribes. Parivartan feels that almost all the cases of extortionist type of corruption are due to systemic deficiencies. If we make appropriate changes in the systems, this type of corruption can be minimized. This is more dangerous than Mutual Corruption because it affects each and every citizen of this country almost at every moment of his existence, hence, turning almost every individual of this country corrupt. This is corrupting the national psyche, the results of which we are already witnessing in the form of social recognition given to corruption. Parivartan will try to tackle this type of corruption. It will collect public grievances in any government department for sometime, study them, find reasons for corruption in that area, make suggestions to plug possible loopholes in the system and then strive to have these measures implemented. It will also get the grievances collected by it resolved without payment of bribes.

 Q4.      How does Parivartan meet its expenses?

Ans      There are two types of expenses. Fixed expenses to run the office and project related expenses. Fixed expenses are minimal (about Rs 3500 per month) which are met through monthly contributions from some of the volunteers. The project related expenses are met through donations.

 Q5.      What is the legal status of Parivartan?

Ans      It is a registered society.

 Q6.      Who are the Executive Committee members?

Ans            Parivartan does not do this type of distinction. In Parivartan, everyone is a volunteer. There is absolutely no hierarchy. A person is respected in Parivartan according to the strength of his ideals and the amount of time he devotes for its activities. However, legal and administrative formalities are done by Col J N Pandey  as President, Mr Kailash Goduka as Secretary, Mr Rajkumar as Treasurer and Mr V K Goyal as spokesperson.

 Q7.      How does one become a member of Parivartan?

Ans      In Parivartan, everyone is a volunteer. There is no membership. We feel that a member only has rights whereas a volunteer only has duties. Anyone who is fired with the ideal of doing something for the society and has time to spare for Parivartan activities can join Parivartan as a volunteer. There is no fees.

 Q8.      What have been the activities and achievements of Parivartan so far?

Ans      Income Tax refunds was the first project. DVB is the second project. Both the projects are going on presently. The status of these projects is given in the newsletters.

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