Friday, April 22, 2011

Zero Rupee Note ruffles a policeman in Chennai Airport

On 22 April 2011, I took an auto to the Chennai Domestic Airport to board a flight at 10:40AM. The auto I was travelling on was stopped at the entrance of the Airport and I was asked to walk with my luggage all the way to the domestic airport. It was a long walk from the entrance and as I had my luggage, I asked the policeman the reason for him to stop all the vehicles at the entrance. I got a very offhandish reply from him saying that he is not the person to be questioned and he is simply following the instructions given to him by the Airport manager. I got out from the auto and handed over a Zero Rupee Note to him explaining that he can use it when someone asks him for a bribe when he needs to get a electricity or water connection for his residence. He looked intrigued by the note and I went on to tell him that when he hands this Zero Rupee Note to any authority he would get his services without having to pay the bribe and if there is some resistance or unwarranted delay he can contact the address indicated at the back of the Zero Rupee Note and action would be taken right away. I told him that we have chapters in all the districts of Tamil Nadu and also in major cities in India, and we would inform the vigilance department if we receive complaint from the public and follow up on the action. The policeman said that the auto can go inside and drop the passenger in the Domestic Airport entrance. This is a victory for the Zero Rupee Note and I feel happy to know that we are able to get our rights without having to indulge in confrontation and by just handing over a Zero Rupee Note and creating awareness that we have an organization to back up against corruption and bribery.

Thanks & Regards,
Vijay Anand

8 comments:

muthu said...

Unbelieveably awesome...

Krithika said...

The story looks good but what you have done in the process is broken the law . Autos are not allowed in the airport so what the policeman told was true he was merely executing . just that you confused him allowed u . you will give zero , the next guy will give five and the autos will flood the airport and then there will be chaos. First as citizens we should follow the law . So even the zero rupee note turned out to be a bribe . this is how corruption starts

ram_the moron said...

@krithika : how is a car driven by one's driver to the airport to drop not result in chaos but an auto does...jus' becoz a law is there it doesn't make it right...regulation is needed, not an outright ban...

Venkat said...

I second Kruthika here. If the entry of autos had been banned as per a genuine official order,that would mean that the Zero Rupee note has ended up ironically as a bribe.

Ashokrajan said...

Rights should be equal to all, a law applied on auto is not applicable for car is biased.
This rule says You should be rich to travel till entry gate and for common man, the privilege is denied.
Zero rupee note done its job here.
I appreciate

Robert Long said...

I understand that they're just trying to their job, but that's no reason for them to get in the face of people.
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john gray said...

I have never seen such kind of thing.
anti-corruption act

john gray said...

Nice one i like it.