“Hey, son do your homework and I will buy you a chocolate and if you get more than 90% marks you will get a brand new bike”. Therefore, the corruption starts from our homes itself. Teaching our lads to do work in exchange to something develops their taste for corruption. Moreover, as said “Bad Habits Die hard” corruption is rooted in our veins.
It is not easy to define corruption. But in a narrow sense, corruption is mostly concerned with bribery and it takes several forms. Corruption is a global phenomenon and it is omnipresent. Corruption has progressively increased and is now rampant in our society.
These days the word corruption has become of household use and so has become its practice. Starting from our bed tea to our good night kiss we either become corrupt or make corrupt. But jokes apart, it is a disease created by us eating us.
Present scenarios of our country show more than 18% people are involved in firsthand corruption, according a report. But it seems that this report too is corrupt. The revealing of the 2-G Spectrum Scam, the Common Wealth Games Scam, the Adarsh Society Scam and The S-Band Spectrum Scam etc are few to name supports this. These multi crore swindles account 2 lakh rupees to every Indian family. These have created a vacuum of transparency and a big question mark on the functioning of democracy in India.
The authorities involved are hi-end administrators, ministers and businesspersons. It’s hard to know that the law creators are the law breakers. People find it hard to find where and whom to complain for such miscreants. The vigilance department has been found corrupt numbers of times, the anti corruption teams take bribes, and the people are happy paying it. The processes are so complicated or rather made complicated that the commoners find it hard to complete them. They take the easy way around, pay the cost and get the work done.
The recent day protests by Mr Anna hazare, Baba Ramdev and Mr Arvind Kejriwal have mutated the commoners from slumbers of ignorance to gestures of activity. The people are getting angrier day by day, equipping themselves by means they never had and then starting a rampage against corruption, without knowing that they are the sole cause of corruption.
Media has to provide credible information, play a positive role of investigative and analytical institution, and play an educational role too.The press and the news television, despite their tendency to hype and sensationalise had exposed a number of scams. The government had acquired a habit of covering up scams, something even the founder of the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, Jullian Assange, had pointed out and this must be broken.
The need of the hour is not to reveal assets by government employs or Civil Servants or protesters but to nip this evil in the bud. It is said, “If everyone cleans the road outside his house the whole of the world will get cleaner.”
Foolproof laws should be made so that there is no room for discretion for politicians and bureaucrats. The role of the politician should be minimized. Application of the evolved policies should be left in the hands of independent commission or authority in each area of public interest. Decision of the commission or authority should be challengeable only in the courts. Cooperation of the people has to be obtained for successfully containing corruption. People should have a right to recall the elected representatives if they see them becoming indifferent.
Responsiveness, accountability and transparency are a must for a clean system. Bureaucracy, the backbone of good governance, should be made more citizen friendly, accountable, ethical and transparent. More and more courts should be opened for speedy & inexpensive justice so that cases don’t linger in courts for years and justice is delivered on time.
Local bodies, Independent of the government, like Lokpals, Lokadalats, CVCs and Vigilance Commissions should be formed to provide speedy justice with low expenses.
The working together of activists, protesters like Anna hazare, Ramdev, governments and commoners can and will lead to a minimal corrupt India. Corruption is a global problem that all countries of the world have to confront, solutions, however, can only be home grown. We have tolerated corruption for so long. The time has now come to root it out from its roots.