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Kerala CM installs webcam in office to allow people monitor daily proceedings

Oommen Chandy, who became the Chief Minister of Kerala,
India in May 2011, has installed a webcam service in his office, as an anticorruption
experiment. Through the webcam, anyone can log on to CM’s official website and
monitor the goings-on in his chamber are viewable to the public. Started on
July 1, 2011, the first day saw about 100,000 visitors logging in to the video
feed.

Oommen Chandy, who became the Chief Minister of Kerala,
India in May 2011, has installed a webcam service in his office, as an anticorruption
experiment. Through the webcam, anyone can log on to CM’s official website and
monitor the goings-on in his chamber are viewable to the public. Started on
July 1, 2011, the first day saw about 100,000 visitors logging in to the video
feed.

“I believe you might have come to know that the CM’s office
has gone live on the internet. 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. With the idea
of corruption free governance and adhering to the announcement of total
transparency in administration a web camera has been installed in CM’s office,”
Chief Minister Chandy has said.

“Democratic governance should be one that is from among the
people. Nothing should be covered from the people. This step is seen as one
among the many to implement total transparency in governance. This has received
wide reaction from India and abroad. You all should avail this facility. You
should send your views and suggestions to the website. I treat your suggestions
and criticisms with at most importance. I request all people to co-operate,”
added the CM.

Although the proceedings were being streamed on his office’s
Web site, as with everything captured by the webcam there was no audio because
the minister says he wants visitors and aides to speak freely when they meet
him.

A career politician and a member of the ruling
Congress party, Oommen Chandy, 67, had a webcam in his office when he was chief
minister for two years from 2004 to 2006. But his successor, the leader of a
communist coalition government, removed the device when he took over. Now in
the opposition, the communists deride the webcams as a publicity stunt.

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