Corruption is a global evil. Corruption in India is the main problem since Independence.Mostly underdeveloped and developing countries are greatly effected by corruotion. Corruption is closely associated with bribery which means given or take profit for some illegal work. Corruption has progressively involved in every sphere of Indian society. Corruption is a cancer that is not restricted to any particular political party. It infects the whole system. An honest politician has become an oxymoron. In India, people with an honest image are very few. In India, There are a bunch of scams oftenly in the Indian administration i.e. Bofors scam, Hawala Case, Fodder Scam, Taj Corridor scam, Satyam Scam, Commonwealth games scandel etc. According to the Corruption Perception Index 2009 Report released by Transparency International, India's rank is 84th among 180 countries effected with corruption. The corruption methods also improve with the development of the nation.
There are many causes of corruption in India. Nexus between Bureaucracrats, Politician and criminals is the main cause of corruption in every country. Lack of ethical qualities and morality among administrators and politicans, complete lack of public corruption, illiteracy among people, poor economic infrastructure – all these are corruption to tighten grip over the people. Complex laws and procedures to eliminate corruption discourage the people for taking steps against corruption. Corruption prevailed at large scale during elecetion times and votes are bought with the help of bribary.
Corruption has a worst impact on our economy and could malign our image in international scenario. Best example of this is Commonwealth games scam. Commonwealth games is a global phenomena and recently exposed scam has maligned the image of India in the global scenario.
We will have to have planned measures to fight corruption. Bureaucracy should be made more citizen friendly, accountable and transparent. More and more courts should be opened for speedy justice. Lokpals and Vigilance Commissions should be more powerful and of independent nature so as to provide speedy justice. Other measures are - strict laws should be made; political interference should be minimized; power to make policies in public interest should be vested with independent commission; people should have a right to questioned the elected representatives and get answer; funding of elections should be banned and there should be State funding of election expenses for candidates and persons with criminal records should be denied tocontest elections. More areas of public interest should be covered under Right to opposition against allowed Information, which will empower the citizens to ask for more information. Stringent actions will be taken against corrupt officials. Immediate function which needs to be done is to literate the people.
Whistle blowing is an honourable technique against corruption, recently in news. Whistle blower is a person who raises a concern about wrong doing occurring in an organization. Whistle blower frequently faces reprisal from organization. Whistle blowing policy should be made mandatory with clear cut guidelines for prosecuting intimidation of or retaliation against complainant and an act for the protection of "Whistle blower" should be made.
The life and future of the nation is secure only when the nation is corruption free. Corruption is destruction and it cannot control unless citizen of country become an active partner to control it. Co-operation of the people to tackle this problem is must. Honest and dedicated persons in public life could be the most important instrument to tackle corruption. Priority should be given to make all public offices more people-friendly in reality. The fight against Corruption may well begin with simple acts of documentation. Media also can play a significant role to abolish the corruption by exposing the corruption. In last, for the development of the country, it is the duty of every citizen to make joint efforts to free the country from the clutches of this Narakasura- corruption.
Jasbir Singh Kaura