You have Rs. 1, Rs. 5, Rs. 50 and Rs. You may have seen 200 notes, but have you heard of zero rupee? If not today we will tell you how the Zero Rupee Note was issued. India has had zero rupee notes for more than a decade and many are unaware of them as they are not issued by the Reserve Bank of India. This note contains contact information of government officials, as the purpose of this note is to prevent any kind of bribery. If a government official requests a bribe, the citizens are asked to pay with zero rupee notes.

The note contained anti-corruption slogans such as “Eliminate corruption at all levels” and “I promise I will neither accept nor give bribes”. The notes are printed in various languages ‚Äč‚Äčlike Hindi, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam and its volunteers distribute the notes in public places like railway stations, bus stations and markets. The purpose of this note is to spread awareness about the eradication of bribery and corruption.

The purpose behind printing a zero rupee note

Bribery is a crime in India for which there is provision for suspension and imprisonment. The note was created by an NGO in Tamil Nadu to fight bribery and systematic political corruption called the 5th Pillar and was designed to meet India’s standard Rs. It’s like a 50 note.

This note was introduced about 14 years ago in the year 2007. When people dare to show zero rupee notes to corrupt officials in return for bribes, the corrupt get scared. The purpose of this NGO is to raise voice against corruption by giving these zero rupee notes instead of money against the bribe seekers. That is, whenever a corrupt government official demands a bribe, the NGO encourages citizens to pay zero rupee notes.

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