Everybody knows how the government machinery functions and how to get work done, but very few know that is not the best way out, and there is recourse in the form of effective anti-bribery legislations to get officials to do work. In a bid to educate people about these laws, a proposal was sent to the government in 2019-20 to convert a 124 year-old building located near Dafnala in Shahibaug housing the ACB HQ, into the country’s first ACB museum that would exhibit in an extraordinary manner some world-class anti-bribery legislations.
As it happens so often, the proposal got entangled in government files and left the museum to remain a distant dream. Many corrupt government employees seek bribes from the public in the name of vyahwar even for normal everyday issues. However, over the last few years the Anti-Corruption Bureau has been creating awareness against bribery and trapping corrupt officials. According to sources, the ACB submitted the museum proposal to the state government as part of the campaign to build a movement against corruption. As the new ACB building was getting ready, a few top police officers gathered at Gandhinagar Police Bhavan and suggested that the 124- year building be converted into a unique museum to raise public consciousness against bribery and showcase the laws that combat it. A senior police officer said on condition of anonymity, After the suggestion was made, a proposal was sent to the government to convert the octagonal shape structure built during the British times, or in other words a heritage structure which is still intact, into a museum.
For this, we started an exercise to look for anti-corruption laws and punishment provisions around the world with the help of legal experts. Towards the effort, some students of the National Institute of Design (NID) were roped in for a design of the new museum. The team of NID students was apprised of the building’s background and how the museum should look from inside. An interactive display was designed, complete with graphics, etc. The entrance gate of the museum was designed on a Heritage City theme. The museum was planned to be built in a way that students of today and the future generations would learn about the anti-bribery laws, which would eventually lead towards a corruption-free India. A blueprint of the building’s aerial view and the museum’s interior was readied.