Corruption and bribery in government offices have become synonymous to an extent that we have taken it for granted that a few notes on the table can get our job done.
Corruption and bribery in government offices have become synonymous to an extent that we have taken it for granted that a few notes on the table can get our job done. The practice has been criticized but that doesn’t seem to have daunted the wrong doers. But a Panchayat official in Kerala stirs your perception about government officials and takes a unique stand against the custom and this has currently made him a social media favourite.
In his quest to change things in the government offices Abdul Saleem Palliyalthod who has been working as a panchayat clerk at Angadipuram panchayat office as found out an amusing way to deal with bribery. According to a report in Indian Express, his office desk displays a message in Malayalam which translates to, “The government pays me Rs. 811 a day (Rs. 24,340 a month) to serve you. If you are not happy with my service, please tell me about it.” Saleem keeps updating the message according to his salary revision or increment. His unique method to deal with corruption has gathered him applauses from visitors to the office. His visitors have made him famous after posting this photo online.
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Not dettered by his shortcomings, Saleem who suffers from 40 percent polio disability goes to field trips and is outspoken, vibrant and a responsible man in his fourties. He takes it on himself to make people aware of their rights. Even his seniors are all-praise for Saleem who call him dedicated, and lauds him for creating a positive working environment and posing a positive impact on the villagers visiting the office. Saleem belongs to the same village in Malappuram district unlike the other staffers of the office.
His noble gesture has drawn the attention of the Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu who has saluted him for his extraordinary good work.