Punjab's new Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann announced on Thursday that the government will launch an anti-corruption helpline on Sheed Diwas, March 23. Mann added that the helpline will be his personal WhatsApp number. People of Punjab will be able to lodge complaints pertaining to corruption via WhatsApp.
"On the martyrdom day of Bhagat Singh ji, we will release the anti-corruption helpline number. That will be my personal WhatsApp number," wrote Mann in Hindi on Twitter.
"In Punjab, if someone demands a bribe from you, don't refuse, make a video/audio recording & send it to that number," Mann added. He explained that his office will investigate and that no culprit would be spared. "Corruption will no longer work in Punjab," he added.
Mann made the announcement at his maiden meeting after taking oath as the Chief Minister of Punjab. At the meeting, he urged top brass of state civil and police administration to discharge their duties as public servants in the letter and spirit, reported ANI.
AAP leader Bhagwant Mann took oath Wednesday as Punjab chief minister at a ceremony thronged by tens of thousands of people in freedom fighter Bhagat Singh's village, where he promised to fight unemployment and corruption in the state.
Mann is the state's 28th chief minister, counting also the multiple terms served by some.
Arvind Kejriwal and ministers from his Delhi cabinet, including Manish Sisodia and Satyendar Jain, attended the event in yellow turbans. Newly elected AAP MLAs too participated.
Mann's daughter Seerat Mann, 21, and son Dilshan Mann, 17, flew in for the ceremony from the US, where they had moved to along with their mother after the couple separated in 2015.
Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit administered the oath of office and secrecy to 48-year-old Mann, who went through it in Punjabi.
(With Agencies input)
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