India ranks among the world’s top 5 countries in- • Cricket • Film Industry- Bolly, Tolly, Kolly woods • Information Technology • World Beauty Contests • No. of Millionaires
India’s rank in Corruption • Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index- 85th • TI’s Bribe Payers Index- Among 30 Leading Exporting Countries- 30th
Daily life of a common man? • Every citizen has to pay an ‘EXTRA’ fee over the Govt fee for every – service, certificate or process in Govt departments • Pricelist varies across departments and different classes of people • NO BRIBE, NO SERVICE
What is 5th Pillar? 4 Pillars of our Democracy – • Legislative • Executive • Judiciary • Press 5th Pillar – WE, The Citizens “Enable, Encourage and Empower Every Citizen of India to Eliminate Corruption at all levels of Society”
The ZERO Rupee Note….……………Another non-cooperation movement • 2001 - Idea conceived and design created • 2006– 5th Pillar released it at a public event and distributed the Zero Rupee Note widely in Tamil Nadu, India • Distributed more than a million copies so far • Citizens use it in Govt offices where Bribes are demanded or work is purposely delayed
“FREEDOM from CORRUPTION” • Campaign launched in Aug 2007 • Covered all districts of TN, few in AP, Karnataka • 600 plus colleges & schools and counting…. • 500, 000 students pledged- ‘I will not take or give bribe’
The flag of “Freedom from Corruption”
ZeroCurrency.org • Zero Currency website (www.zerocurrency.org ) to encourage and propagate the idea in other countries • Downloadable “Zero currency” images of respective countries based on the Zero rupee design
Citizen’s Handbook – Know Your Rights • Informed citizenry to tackle corruption • Procedure, Timeline, Fee Structure and Escalation Process • Volunteers working on gathering relevant but concise data to provide in ‘ready reckoner’ form.
Zero Rupee Note (ZRN) • Printed and distributed ONLY 1,000,000 so far. • Population of 1.1 billion plus • Average of 4-5 members/family • 250 million copies of ZRN
Can We achieve our goal ? Yes .WE CAN. “A Nation suffers not because of the rascals, but due to the silence of the good people” Lets break the silence………..
5th PILLAR ENDcorruption@5thpillar.org Fax: +1 202 318 8948 www.5thpillar.org VIJAY ANAND, Co-founder & President - email@example.com, +91 98406 18948 National HQ -New Delhi, India Operations Center - Chennai, India Overseas HQ - Washington DC