Hence 5th Pillar adopted this concept developed by Dr.Bhagat, a social activist and Professor at University of Maryland, USA, to tackle petty corruption in India. The note is printed and distributed in a few major regional languages of India. To further take this concept world wide the http://zerocurrency.org/ came into being where the Zero currencies of the world is available in the downloadable format.
A few officials in the government departments have this displayed in their office to let people know that they are non corrupt. And the common man uses it to pay the corrupt officer when demanded for
bribe. It serves as a way to demonstrate subtly that "I will not pay a penny more that is required by law to get access to the basic rights entitled to me". The Zero Currency carries the contact information of 5th Pillar on the Note and hence the Officer knows that the individual who has presented the note is not alone. Most of the time the citizen gets a Royal treatment by getting seated and Tea served before his request is taken care, where generally the officer would not even look
up to give a reply.
The students at Schools and colleges are targeted with the Freedom From Corruption Campaigns where the Zero Rupee Notes are distributed to drive home the concept of Giving and Taking Bribe is a
I want to use this opportunity to thank 5th Pillar for such an innovative initiative to combat corruption. We will consider replicating the process in Ghana since Ghana can never be said to be free of corruption. It is unfortunate and sad that Ghana is a country where corruption have been "institutionalised". All state institutions one way or the other engage in the habit of making citizens unduly and unfairly pay for services that they should have received without any payment.
The security sector in the country has also in recent times been in the news for alleged corrupt acts. I have personally seen policemen extort monies from drivers by the roads in Ghana. Its a menace that cuts across all spheres of the political divide even including politicians.
I believe strongly that corruption has contributed to retardation in most countries due to the fact that monies that is supposed to be used for the general good of the citizens go into greedy few individuals. Most anti-corruption institutions in the country have also not been adequately resourced and funded to effectively and efficiently carry out their duties of combating corruption.
More so, i am of the strongest view that issues of corruption is more of attitudinal problem and needed to be treated as such. Agents of socialization also have significant roles and responsibilities with regards to the upbringing of the young ones in society. Anti-corruption agencies must avoid being partisan in their operations and see the issue of corruption as a canker that is eating up the social fabric of the society. THE FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION SHALL FOREVER CONTINUE!!!