As a step to fight against corruption and guarantee 100% transparency in transactions Kerala Chief Minister, Oommen Chandy, installed a webcam in his office at the government secretariat in Thiruvananthapuram. It is accessible to anyone, who wants to watch him, through the website www.keralacm.gov.in 24×7. It is possibly the first time in the history of the public administration mechanism of the country that a government is using the medium of Internet for ensuring transparency in governance.
“The government thinks that the CM’s office should be like an open book before the pubic. The visitors who come to the CM’s office and what all happens there should be visible to everybody.” Chief Minister said in his message
This has received wide reaction from India and abroad. We should not forget the fact of the matter that it is happening in a country where the country is rocked by one scam after the other and where the people are demanding for a proper anti-corruption bill to be passed. Whatever be the reaction from the others, good luck CM and go ahead. Hats off to your effort.
Update : August 5, 2011, 3:41 pm
An intruder, identified as Jose and believed to be mentally unstable, reportedly entered the Chief Minister’s chamber along with the other visitors and sat on his chair for few minutes while the CM and his ministers were attending a cabinet meeting in another chamber.
No action has been taken against him since the CM believe that if any action is taken against him it will mean imposing restrictions on his visitors. Security personnel handed him over to the police and later he was let off.