Whistle Now! App

IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, DO SOMETHING.

A Mobile App For Campaigns Against Corruption in Kerala.

Whistle Now! app is an easy to use mobile social platform to blow whistles and expose any kind of information or activity that is deemed illegal, unethical or not correct in our public organizations and society in general.

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Whistle Now! Mobile App

About

Whistle Now! is a revolutionary mobile platform, a citizen driven anti-corruption campaign app - the first of its kind in the world.

Whistle Now! is aimed at transforming the state of Kerala into a 100% corruption free society by empowering every citizen of the state to become a whistle blower.

Anyone can use the Whistle Now! mobile app to blow whistles and expose any kind of information or activity that is deemed illegal, unethical or not correct in our public organizations and society in general.

Whistle Now! is deployed and maintained in collaboration with the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau, Government of Kerala.

To preserve the integrity of the platform and to prevent deliberate maligning of individuals or organizations, each whistle will be verified by a group of administrators for its genuineness before it goes live.

How It Works

A Whistle is like a normal post in social media, but with a difference. Technically, a Whistle can be composed of text, audio, video, picture and documents.

A description about any event/situation/concern that deserves public attention and can lead to corruption can be called as a Whistle.

Every time a Whistle is blown in a location (district), all the users belonging to that location will receive a push notification alert.

How Whistle Now! App Works

“WHISTLE NOW! IS A BOTTOM-UP, GRASS-ROOTS INITIATIVE TO FIGHT CORRUPTION.

TOP-DOWN APPROACHES CREATE AN ANTI-CORRUPTION INFRASTRUCTURE. BUT AN INFRASTRUCTURE IS A SKELETON WITHOUT PEOPLE TO ACTIVATE AND USE IT. MOBILIZED PEOPLE, ENGAGED IN ORGANIZED COLLECTIVE NONVIOLENT ACTIONS ARE THAT FORCE.

THE VISION OF WHISTLE NOW! IS TO A GIVE A DIRECTION TO THAT FORCE. ”

FAQ

"The abuse of entrusted power for personal gain" is the common definition of corruption. According to the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 with amendments made in 2010:

SECTION 7: Public servant taking gratification other than legal remuneration in respect of an official act. - Whoever, being, or expecting to be a public servant, accepts or obtains or agrees to accept or attempts to obtain from any person, for himself or for any other person, any gratification whatever, other than legal remuneration, as a motive or reward for doing or forbearing to do any official act or for showing or forbearing to show, in the exercise of his official functions, favor or disfavor to any person or for rendering or attempting to render any service or disservice to any person, with the Central Government or any State Government or Parliament or the Legisla­ture of any State or with any local authority, corporation or Government company referred to in clause (c) of Section 2, or with any public servant, whether named or otherwise .

SECTION 8: Taking gratification, in order, by corrupt or illegal means, to influence public servant. - Whoever accepts or obtains. or agrees to accept, or attempts to obtain, from any person, for himself or for any other person, any gratification whatever as a motive or reward for inducing, by corrupt or illegal means, any public servant, whether named or otherwise, to do or to forbear to do any official act, or in the exercise of the official functions of such public servant to show favor or disfavor to any person, or to render or attempt to render any service or disservice to any person with the Central Government or any State Government or Parliament or the Legislature of any State or with any local authority, corporation or Government company referred to in clause (c) of Section 2, or with any public servant, whether named or otherwise

SECTION 9: Taking gratification, for exercise of personal influence with pub­lic servant. - Whoever accepts or obtains or agrees to accept or attempts to obtain, from any person, for himself or for any other person, any gratification whatever, as a motive or reward for inducing, by the exercise of personal influence, any public servant whether named or otherwise to do or to forbear to do any official act, or in the exercise of the official functions of such public servant to show favor or disfavor to any person, or to render or attempt to render any service or disservice to any person with the Central Government or any State Government or Parliament or the Legislature of any State or with any local authority, corporation or Government company referred to in clause (c) of Section 2, or with any public servant, whether named or otherwise

SECTION 10: Punishment for abetment by public servant of offences defined in Section 8 or 9. - Whoever, being a public servant, in respect of whom either of the offences defined in Section 8 or Section 9 is committed, abets the offence, whether or not that offence is committed in consequence of that abetment

SECTION 11: Public servant obtaining valuable thing, without consideration from person concerned in proceeding or business transacted by such public servant.—Whoever, being a public servant, accepts or obtains or agrees to accept or attempts to obtain for himself, or for any other person, any valuable thing without consideration, or for a consideration which he knows to be inadequate, from any person whom he knows to have been, or to be, or to be likely to be concerned in any proceeding or business transacted or about to be transacted by such public servant, or having any connection with the official functions of himself or of any public servant to whom he is subordinate, or from any person whom he knows to be interested in or related to the person so concerned

SECTION 12: Punishment for abetment of offences defined in section 7 or 11.—whoever abets any offence punishable under section 7 or section 11 whether or not that offence is committed in consequence of that abetment

SECTION 13: Criminal misconduct by a public servant.—

(1) A public servant is said to commit the offence of criminal misconduct,—

(a) if he habitually accepts or obtains or agrees to accept or attempts to obtain from any person for himself or for any other person any gratification other than legal remuneration as a motive or reward such as is mentioned in section 7; or

(b) if he habitually accepts or obtains or agrees to accept or attempts to obtain for himself or for any other person, any valuable thing without consideration or for a consideration which he knows to be inadequate from any person whom he knows to have been, or to be, or to be likely to be concerned in any proceeding or business transacted or about to be transacted by him, or having any connection with the official functions of himself or of any public servant to whom he is subordinate, or from any person whom he knows to be interested in or related to the person so concerned; or

(c) if he dishonestly or fraudulently misappropriates or otherwise converts for his own use any property entrusted to him or under his control as a public servant or allows any other person so to do; or

(d) if he,—

(i) by corrupt or illegal means, obtains for himself or for any other person any valuable thing or pecuniary advantage; or

(ii) by abusing his position as a public servant, obtains for himself or for any other person any valuable thing or pecuniary advantage; or

(iii) while holding office as a public servant, obtains for any person any valuable thing or pecuniary advantage without any public interest; or

(e) if he or any person on his behalf, is in possession or has, at any time during the period of his office, been in possession for which the public servant cannot satisfactorily account, of pecuniary resources or property disproportionate to his known sources of income.

SECTION 14 : Habitual committing of offence under sections 8, 9 and 12.—Whoever habitually commits,—

(a) an offence punishable under section 8 or section 9; or

(b) an offence punishable under section 12

SECTION 15 : Punishment for attempt.—Whoever attempts to commit an offence referred to in clause (c) or clause (d) of sub-section (1) of section 13.

Whistle Now! is a mobile based social platform that enables users to blow whistles and expose any kind of information or activity that is deemed to abuse an entrusted power for personal gain, specifically in public organisations. A victim or witness can blow a whistle, share his/her experience or observation and invite attention from other members to give their take on the whistle.

If you notice any activity/incident related to or can pave way to corruption or if you or someone you know had a direct experience, you may blow a whistle using Whistle Now! App. You can add any supporting evidence available to validate the information shared, in the form of images, video, audio or document files.

Every Whistle is subjected to an approval process once it is posted by the user. Whistle Now! has a team of administrators who are eminent personalities with proven track record in public life, to ensure the integrity of the platform and that it is not used for intentional misuse or for deliberate maligning individuals or organizations. The verification process is a democratic one, where the Whistles are published when 2/3rd majority of the administrators approve it. Your whistle gets published once majority of the administrators approves it. It might take up to 24 hours to get your whistle approved and published/rejected in the app.

No, a blown whistle cannot be deleted.

Whistle Now! encourages people to come forward in their true identity and do something for the society. However, you have the option to use a ‘Nick Name’ while blowing whistles.

Your whistle will be published only if it is approved by a 2/3rd majority of the administrators.

All whistles, including those waiting for approval, blown by the user can be viewed under My Whistles Menu.

A user can use a nickname if he wishes to use the app anonymously. However the registration process will still require a user to provide a name and validate the registration using a "One Time Password" authentication.

Popularity of the Whistles are determined by the number of positive votes gained. The Whistle with the highest number of positive votes will be at the top of the list.

A whistle can be revoked if found to be inappropriate after being published. Such a whistle will no longer be available in the app.