Public dealing counters in all government offices are the Places where corruption is most evident. Virtually, the dealings are carried on in such on organised way that nothing transacts without graft and its rates are fixed.
Not a scrap of paper would move without lubrication. If any body does not pay for the work and complains to the in charge of the concerned a it is sure he won’t be able to get his work done at all. Even the deputed to look into the matters of corruption turn out to be corrupt.
Anticorruption raids etc., by the concerned departments to apprehend the corrupt officers prove ineffective due to procedural. The officers once caught red handed in cases of illegal gratification are booked for prosecution and suffer a lot.
Still, the moral of the corrupt officer is not affected. The network of the corruption goes on as usual and remains undeterred. The rampant corruption has not even spared foreign and multinational concerns in extracting money comply with the procedural formalities. Consequently the country been enlisted among the world’s toppers in corruption.
The main feature of this perpetuated corruption in public dealing counters in government offices is that all the concerned officers are solely united behind their motive and a sort of wholesale contract is smooth run by them. There are middlemen agencies between these counters the interested parties in the respective cases. They serve the process behalf of their parties, make payments and get the job done.
The system is in vogue in all-most all the public dealing count whether it is tenders for supply, or disposal of goods, or grant of quotas licenses etc. etc. The same system is at work for recruitment in differ services where appointments are ensured through reliable middle agencies. Nexus between politicians and bureaucrats works in a very sophisticated manner. Nexus does also exist between criminals and police, politicians and bureaucrats.
In the National Capital Region, there is a very strong nexus among land mafia, police and bureaucrats. It is so strong that action against the mafia is a practical proposition even at the instance the top brasses, and the complaints against the officials involved with mafia directed to the vigilance and special task force are not comp’ with.
This is rather very strange that the estate authority is be undermined by the law enforcing agency itself and tolerated by the high ups in the seats of administration. The corrupt and anti-people character of police, is however, more evident compared to their performance the discipline. This is more so because police enjoy unlimited power there is no action against them even on complaints and sufficient pr abuse of office atrocities and high handedness.
The action against however is taken by the courts alone in course of protracted trial of police officers on specific findings against them either by the co themselves or through some investigating agency.
In this connection it is common sense that the corruption in country, like any country of the world, has not become so rampant perpetuated overnight, but in course of time.
Usually, the corruption is perpetuated only when it goes unchecked According to some sociologists, the countries where governments weaker and isolated from masses, corruption perpetuate. If we I for the causes of the corruption in this country, we may note certain very important factors. For instance, due to unemployment government servants enjoy the status of privileged citizens.
None is responsible any so far as disposal of work is concerned. Colleagues favour the colleagues; officers shield their subordinates; complaints are not heeded to, actions are not taken at the department level. Red tapism is at its height.
This is not the fact that no attempt has ever been made to check corruption in India. But unfortunately these attempts have been half hearted. It includes action through departmental set-ups of vigilance and corruption branches.
In states, the district magistrates/collectors make – it cements on specific complaints for raids and arrest the government officer red-handed. But all this has failed to alter the situation.
Now there is a need to make fresh attempts to deal with the situation effectively. Involvement of social workers in this drive is, however, all more necessary, the steps should be taken to correct the situation overall. For instance the disposal of work, including applications and complaints etc. is taken within a specified time limit.
The section officers be made – ally responsible to look into the disposal of work, get the record prepared by their subordinates, and themselves prepare a resume accordingly. It will require needful amendment in the service manual rules and regulations.
Strict laws should be made to deal with the corrupt practices providing for the termination of service, suspension and stringent penalty for dereliction of duty. Declarations of property and assets of the government employees be made compulsory and routine and surprise inspections/raids be conducted by special sleuths of enforcements to check and report.
But this could be done only when there is a strong and resolute will on part of the government to do so.