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President: Col J N Pandey
Frequently Asked Questions :
Q1. How was Parivartan
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
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
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
– By changing the hearts of the people
methods like Vigilance, CBI etc
transparency in administration including granting Right to Information
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.
How does Parivartan meet its expenses?
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.
What is the legal status of Parivartan?
It is a registered society.
Who are the Executive Committee members?
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.
How does one become a member of Parivartan?
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.
What have been the activities and achievements of Parivartan
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
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