KOZHIKODE: 1. Over 200 cases are filed every month with the Motor Accidents Claim Tribunal (MACT) in Kozhikode city alone. 2. Bribes accepted by police personnel through agents to produce the documents for a victim to avail of the claim vary between Rs 2,000 and Rs 4,000 a case. The bribe amount, of course, goes up further if the claim amount is bigger. Between them, police and private agents make over Rs 6 lakh a month illegally for processing papers necessary for claims before an MACT in the state. Given there is more than one such tribunal in each district, the figure could run into several tens of lakhs, if not crores. In a pioneering move, the Kozhikode city police are putting in place a single-window clearance system to bring an end to the spurious profits of this nexus.
“People are fed up with these touts, who operate with the support of police personnel,” City Police Commissioner J Jayanath told Express. “We have specific information police personnel are part of the racket and they take money from these agents for processing the documents. The city police have decided to set up a first-of-its-kind single-window clearance system in the state to process and provide all documents necessary for an MACT claim to the victims or their families.
Even the issuance of the General Diary (GD) certificate will be done through the single-window system.” This idea struck the police following a suggestion from the public on the city police’s Facebook page. Through the new clearance system, a person must submit an application along with the necessary fees to the office of the Ass i s t a n t C ommi s s i o n e r (Administration). The documents will be given to the applicant within 48 hours and the administration office will ensure its accuracy.