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Can Corruption be Removed from India?

Posted by Admin on April 19, 2014 | Comment

Corruption is a persisting phenomenon and it has been a major impediment to India’s success story. With instances of scams and scandals surfacing at an alarming rate, it becomes even more obvious that the taxpayers’ money is being wasted. This is exactly what India can’t afford. When the country should be working towards transforming its status from a ‘developing’ to a ‘developed’ nation, its resources are being wasted and misused.

Can Corruption be Removed from India

Although, the recent ire is directed against the politicians and their kin, it has to be borne in mind that this anathema has spread its roots deep into the private sector as well. Private players are to be equally blamed for their unabashed malpractices. Increasing the bottom line, at the expense of the society is another form of corruption that affects the development narrative of our country.

Removing Corruption from the Bureaucracy

To be candid, there’s too much of bureaucratic intervention in the country. Projects are held hostage by the government officials who refuse to give clearance unless they are generously bribed. Multi-layered processes, unreasonable regulations and too much power in the hands of only a few interest groups make it really cumbersome for an individual to cut through the hurdles. It is the need of the hour to curtail approval processes and other regulations, which would reduce a public servants’ intervention.

Tackling Black Money and Other Cases of Corruption

India needs to mature a lot in terms of the laws it formulates and government regulations it imposes. So far, the conservative approach has hurt the investment scenario of the country, and even the future looks bleak. While the government fails to allocate the required funds for welfare projects across the country, there are politicians and bureaucrats who have black money stashed away in international banks. This in return, has made the government lose crores of the people’s tax money. Reform in the tax code is imperative to bring these tax evaders to book and exact the due.

Other Measures to Combat Corruption

Common people are not ready to take the responsibility of making the country corruption-free. They are content by simply blaming it all on the ‘authorities’. It’s a collective responsibility, and there’s no alternative to a multi-faceted approach. A widely proposed idea is to leverage e-governance at all government departments. People argue that automation and online service delivery would ensure very little scope for corruption.

In India, political party funding has remained somewhat a murky affair. There’s a need to set up a legitimate process, so that fund accountability is enforced on the parties. Another important recommendation is to follow a multi-agency model, wherein every entity responsible for different sectors of government gets the power to take independent initiatives against the cases which have been grafted. Finally, the anti-corruption agencies have to come down heavily not only on the bribe-takers but also on the ones who give bribe. The autonomy should not be altogether hijacked by political meddling.