An Uttar Pradesh collector has truly put a new spin on the term jail tourism. Farrukhabad District Magistrate Ravindra Kumar took 576 government employees on a tour of the Central Jail located in the district and ordered them to interact with the jail inmates, including 88 government officials who were lodged in the prison. He did this in order to deter government officials from indulging in corrupt practices. The officer in a telephonic interview with the news wire service PTI said, ”I had recently suspended six officers for indulging in corrupt practices. The best way to end corruption is to deter people from indulging in the process”. The intention was to send a tough message that if the employees do not improve, they are likely to be facing a predicament similar to the inmates of the prison.
Ravindra Kumar added that ‘jail tourism’ can be an effective way to deter corrupt government officials. The heads of some government departments were also sent to the Central Prison to give them a feel of life inside a jail. The exercise was performed to drill in a message of the state government’s policy of ‘zero tolerance for corruption’. Kumar feels that the effort will help check the menace of corruption in the district, according to the PTI report.
Yogi Aditynath, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, has expressed his displeasure over corruption in the state and made it a priority for his government to curb the menace of corruption. The Chief Minister had also raised concerns over the functioning of the Anti-Corruption Organisation (ACO) in the state. Adityanath wants to make the ACO more structured and result-oriented. ACO deals with corruption in the police and among non-gazetted officers in the state, according to the report.
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