Partners in Corruption
Corruption has been; is and will always remain a burning problem in India. It is prevalant not only in India but the entire world especially in Asian Countries. In India we have to face it every day in our daily life. We cannot get any work done without greasing the palm of the concerning official. We cannot make any plea, move or obtain any paper without paying money which is called Weight or Service Tax, a euphemistic name for Bribery. Thus corruption embarrasses and torments us in our daily lives.
When a government plan or scheme is formed and executed it passes through various stages and agencies which are responsible for its formation and execution. If they are irresponsible slow or corrupt, the plan fails and crores of rupees are wasted.
The story begins from the Planning Commission now called Niti Aayog or Yojna Aayog. This is the old wine in a new bottle. Every party in power appoints its own expert as the Deputy Chairman less on the basis of his qualifications more on the basis of his loyalty to the party and fidelity to its ideology. Who can be more qualified to be the Deputy Chairman of Niti Aayog than Noble Laureate, Mr. Amartya Sen, a famous International Economist? But he was awarded neither by Dr. Manmohan Singh nor by Mr. Narendra Modi to honor this august organisation. He is ignored by politicians because he is not committed to the ideology of any particular party or any politician.
The corruption begins from the Niti Aayog. The states that are ruled by the party in the center are furfures while the states ruled by opposition parties are ignored. Their needs are overlooked and their projects are stalled due to paucity of funds. The Central Government indulges in arm twisting to lies and thus forces them to support its policies and bills in parliament. The central government is not releasing funds for UP’s ambitious Metro Project, but the day Mulayam Singh Ji began to criticize the congress and stopped cooperating with Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, the central government become liberal, released funds for Metro Project and it began to be worked upon with full speed. Thus our system of formation of planning itself is neither fair nor just.
Now comes the question of the execution of plans, projects and schemes. After being released by the central government, the funds pass through various channels and homes. At every level some nibbling is done and corers of rupees are siphoned off by corrupt politicians, officials and contractors. Consequently, we get bad roads, shabby bridges and dams and many tube wells, schools, hospitals exist only on papers. Thus politicians, bureaucrats, government officials and contractors all are partners in corruption.
How can this nexus be broken? The problem of corruption cannot be solved until this nexus is broken. This can be done by abolishing the system of Sansad and Vidhayaka Nidhi. First and foremost, the privileges of all the politicians and ministers should be taken away. They should be treated at par with ordinary citizens. Secondly, the loopholes of laws due to which criminals get away from the clutches of law should be plugged. Speedy trial and judgment should be made compulsory because delayed justice is no justice. Bureaucracy from top to bottom should be made accountable. Officials should be given clear targets to be achieved within definite time frame work. Failure in this respect should be taken seriously with severe punishment like compulsorily retirement and suspension. Watch dog committees should be set up at village or locality level to supervise the development. The most important step is that contract system should be abolished with immediate effect. If these steps are taken seriously and urgently, the nexus among partners of corruption can be broken and the problem can be dealt successfully. But the million-dollar question is that is the present government has the will to deal with this problem? It is easy to preach than to practice because in the word of Rajendra Singh, the water baba, ‘Mr. Narendra Modi acts quite contrary to what he says’.