Regularization Scheme (BRS) in Kukatpally, A.P. (2000)
government of A.P. launched a BRS to ratify minor deviations
in construction by levying a compounding fee. While many
applications have been filed, the municipality officials
have been collecting bribes and harassing homeowners by
not resolving their cases until money is extorted.
Kukatpally municipality, the authorities refused to even
give information on the number of BRS applications filed
and their status. The Kukatpally unit of LOK SATTA mounted
a campaign and successfully pressurized them to reveal the
information. It turned out that while over 8000 applications
were filed, only a mere 1000 were settled so far. The cases
settled were taken up on an arbitrary basis. In fact it
wasn't on an arbitrary basis - every applicant who relented
to the pressure of bribe had the case settled. It also came
to light that Rs. 150,000 was collected as bribe from 300
applicants whose cases are yet to be cleared.
LOK SATTA's campaign resulted in all the balance 7000 applications
being taken up publicly in a transparent Lok Adalat mode.
All the bribes collected were actually refunded! This is
a small but significant victory for the local people. Such
successes need to be widely publicized, replicated and made
sustainable. Many other towns and villages in AP have taken
up such anti-corruption drive in respect of a variety of