Corruption in India

Topics: Political corruption, Transparency International, Corruption Pages: 5 (993 words) Published: September 11, 2013
CORRUPTION
Corruption is defined as the misuse of any power of public consequence for private gain. Corruption is not something new, as per Arthasastra of Kautilya ( around 3rd century B.C) :

“Just as it is impossible not to taste the honey(or the poison) that finds itself at the tip of the tongue, so it is impossible for a government servant not to eat up, atleast, a bit of the king’s revenue.” “Just as fish moving under water cannot possibly be found out either as drinking or not drinking water, so government servants employed in the government work cannot be found out (while) taking money( for themselves)”

Major Scams in India
Year
1976 1981 1987 1987 1991 1991 1992 1992 1994 1995 1996 1996 1996 2000 2001 2002 2006 2009 2009 2010 2012

Scam
KUO OIL DEAL SCAM ANTHULAY TRUST (PAY OFF) HDW COMMISSION BOFORS SCAM TELGI SCAM JMM BRIBE SECURITY SCAM(HARSHAD MEHTA) INDIAN BANK RIP – OFF SUGAR IMPORT BHANSALI SCAM FODDER SCAM HAWALA SCAM UREA DEAL UTI SCAM MUTUAL FUND SCAM HOME TRADE SCAM IPO SCAM MADHU KODA SCAM SATYAM SCAM THE 2G SCAM (MOTHER OF ALL SCAMS) COAL ALLOCATION SCAM TOTAL AMOUNT

Amount (In crore)
2.2 30 20 64 43000 0.3 4000 1300 650 1200 950 810 233 32 1350 600 61 4000 24000 1,76,000 1,85,591 4,43,894

Effect Of Corruption On Poor Brought Out By CMS-TII
•With special focus on BPL household’s 2008 survey shows the following results. •About one third of the BPL families paid bribe in the last one year for one or more of the eleven public services covered in the study.

• This shows that even the poorest of the poor are not spared in their targeted programs.

•The survey shows that about 3.4 % of people paid a bribe for a school education and 48% in the case of police service. •4% BPL households used contacts for PDS ,school education & electricity as they could not pay the bribe. •2% of the people could not get the above services sine they could not pay the bribe or had no contacts.

Effects Of Corruption On The Poor
BREAK UP OF BRIBES PAID FOR 11 BASIS SERVICES IN MILLION
Services covered Public distribution system Hospital School education (up to class XII) Electricity Water supply National rural employment guarantee scheme Land record / registration Forest Housing Banking Police Total for 11 basic services of BPL families Total bribe paid in an year 450 870 120 1050 240 70 1240 240 1570 830 2150 8830

Source: TII-CMS India Corruption Study (2007)

CPI – Corruption Perceptions Index-2012

 As per the data for the year 2000 , India was in the 69th rank with CPI score of 2.8.

As per Ratan Tata “Corruption has become worse after liberalization…Prior to 1991, corruption was in the form of granting licenses. Now, it’s replaced by the award of contracts and in changing the terms of contractual obligations.”

Source: Transparency International 2012 CPI score.

CORRUPTION PERCEPTIONS INDEX 2012

Source: Transparency International 2012

Corruption Stifles Economic Progress

Agents Role In the Licensing System •Corruption leads in reduction in efficiency. •Corruption leads to wastage of public funds and Resources. Institutionalization of corruption. •Most prevalent form of corruption in India. Eg: Driving Licensing Process in most states. •Willingness to pay bribes.

•Bounce back on the society.

Source: February 2, 2008-Economic & Political Weekly.

What Is The Root Cause Of Corruption ?
•Traditional practise. •Government services being monopolistic in nature. •Lack of trans-parency. •Lack of efficient and review monitoring mechanism. •Issues with electoral process (funding). • Corporate politician nexus-(State Capture).

•Socio economic divide.
•Lack of effective grievance redressal system.

Major Demands Of The Team Anna and Kejriwal

•All govt. servants under the jurisdiction (Including PM). •Election and removal be independent of the govt. authorities. •CBI's corruption investigation agency shall be brought under the admin control. •Investigation...
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