New Delhi, Mar 18, 2016: A silent revolution is in the making in India in the fight against corruption. The ’aam aadmi’ now has a potent weapon – ’Zero Rupee Notes’.
Printed by 5th Pillar – an NGO working to fight corruption in the country, the Zero Rupee Notes are meant to be used by ordinary citizens whenever they are asked for bribes.
5th pillar’s founder Vijay Anand says, “Number of factors contribute to the success of the Zero Rupee Notes in fighting corruption in India. First, bribery is a crime in India punishable with suspension and jail time. Corrupt officials seldom encounter resistance by ordinary people that they become scared when people have the courage to show their Zero Rupee Notes, effectively making a strong statement condemning bribery.”
"In addition, officials want to keep their jobs and are fearful about setting off disciplinary proceedings, not to mention risking going to jail. I believe that the success of the notes lies in the willingness of the people to use them. People are willing to stand up against the practice that has become so commonplace because they are no longer afraid: first, they have nothing to lose, and secondly, they know that this initiative is being backed up by an organization--that is, they are not alone in this fight."