Frequently Asked Questions :
Q1: How was
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.
– By changing the hearts of the people
methods like Vigilance, CBI etc
transparency in administration including granting Right to
appropriate changes in the system
Parivartan, in its present
stage, does not find itself equipped to handle Mutual
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
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 5000
per month) which are met through monthly contributions from some of the
volunteers. The project related expenses are met through voluntary donations.
What is the legal status of Parivartan?
It is a registered society.
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 and Mr Rajkumar as Treasurer.
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
Ans Income Tax refunds was the first project. DVB is the second project. Both the projects are going on presently. Parivartan is making an appeal to the public not to pay bribes in these two departments to get their legitimate rights. If they face any problem due to non-payment of bribes, they should contact Parivartan. Parivartan tries to get their work done without payment of bribes. Parivartan does not charge any fees for its services.
Parivartan studied the grievances received with respect to Income Tax Department, analysed the same and suggested measures to the Department, which if implemented, will prevent recurrence of such grievances in future. Now, Parivartan has filed a PIL in Delhi High Court to get these suggestions implemented.
Parivartan also filed a PIL to get responsibilities fixed against the officials of MCD, DDA, DVB and other government authorities, who granted licenses to polluting industries in Delhi in violation of all existing laws in this regard. Now, these industries, which were operating in non-conforming areas, are being sealed for being relocated outside Delhi under the orders of Hon'ble Supreme Court. These industries were operating in non-conforming areas in violation of Delhi Development Act. Hence, they should be relocated. But, they were working on the basis of license issued by MCD, and various other permissions granted by other government authorities like Delhi Vidyut Board, Delhi Jal Board etc. Since, working in a non-conforming area is a crime, the basic question is, why were the licenses and permissions granted in the first place and why were these industries allowed to come up at all? This was all done by taking bribes. So, if these industries are being relocated, it is very important that all the officials who granted these illegal licenses and permissions should also be booked. Parivartan filed a PIL in Supreme Court in the first week of February seeking fixing of responsibility and initiation of suitable action against all such officials.
Delhi Vidyut Board is planning to raise the electricity tariffs in Delhi with effect from 1.4.2001, despite the fact that there is 50% theft of electricity in Delhi and DVB has no plans to address this issue. Before doing so, it is required to seek approval of Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC). DERC has sought objections from the public on the same. Parivartan has submitted detailed objections to the same.
Parivartan started a monthly publication by the name of "India Demands". Through this newspaper, wider issues related to corruption, rights of people in various government departments, etc would be taken up. The annual subscription for the same is Rs 25 only (including postage). Alternately, it is also available at www.indiademands.com.
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