Saturday, September 28, 2013

Politicians Make Up For 85% Of Corruption

Political parties make up for 86% corruption in the country: Karnataka Lokayukta-Tomes of India


BANGALORE: Karnataka Lokayukta Justice Y Bhaskar Rao on Saturday maintained that political parties constitute for 86% corruption in the country, followed by police with records of 75% corruption.
Quoting study reports during symposium on role of government servants in eradication of corruption organized by Karnataka State Government Employees Association at Vidhana Soudha on Saturday, Rao said public officials and civil servants, parliament and legislature constitute for 65% corruption and the least corrupt was the military with 20%.

"More than 62% of people have paid bride to police, 61% have bribed registry and permit services, 58% to land services, 48% to utility services and education services, 41% to tax and customs, 36% to judiciary services and 34% to health services," Lokayukta said. He also said laws and statutes in the country are the fertile breeding ground for corruption.

Justifying his statement, Rao attacked the senior echelon of the bureaucracy saying that power is concentrated in about 2 million public servants who excise their powers, control and regulate thousand million citizens. "About 19.5 million people in over 200,000 establishments hold public offices in state and Central government. Of these more than 90% are class III and class IV employees. Power is concentrated in the hands of couple of million public servants, who have got the potentiality to indulge into corruption in all forms and scale giving India an image as one of the most corrupt country in the world. The remaining 17.5 million public servants with limited power can indulge in petty corruption," he said

Laws and statutes are the fertile breeding ground for corruption: Karnataka lokayukta

BANGALORE: Karnataka Lokayukta Y Bhaskar Rao on Saturday maintained that laws and statutes in the country are the fertile breeding ground for corruption.
"There are more than 3,000 central statutes and ten times as many state statutes and subsidiary and administrative laws with several exemption clauses and vide discretionary powers sans accountability. All these laws are fertile breeding ground for corruption," Rao said during symposium on role of government servants in eradication of corruption organized by Karnataka State Government Employees Association at Vidhana Soudha on Saturday.

Justifying his statement, Rao attacked the senior echelon of the bureaucracy saying that power is concentrated in about 2 million public servants who excise their powers, control and regulate thousand million citizens. "About 19.5 million people in over 200,000 establishments hold public offices in state and Central government. Of these more than 90% are class III and class IV employees. Power is concentrated in the hands of couple of million public servants, who have got the potentiality to indulge into corruption in all forms and scale giving India an image as one of the most corrupt country in the world. The remaining 17.5 million public servants with limited power can indulge in petty corruption," he said.

Asking officials and employees to change their mind set, Lokayukta gave away examples of corruption in public distribution system ( PDS), health and pensions department. He said below poverty line (BPL) people have to pay extra money to avail subsidized rice, wheat, kerosene and sugar. "Rice is charged at Rs 3, but sold at Rs 3.41; wheat is charged at Rs 3, but sold at Rs 3.16, kerosene is charged at Rs 10.10 per litre, but sold at Rs 10.58 per litre and similarly, sugar is charged at Rs 13.50, but is sold at Rs 14.89," he said.

According to Rao, the excess payment made by the beneficiaries is calculated for the year turned into crores of rupees and further the quality of service like inaccurate measuring of items are dissatisfactory. Quoting study reports, he said 97.7 lakh BPL ration cards are in circulation for 44.7 lakh households. The total economic loss to the state is Rs 145.8 crore every month.

On corruption in primary health centres, the Lokayukta noted that though all the medical services in the PHCs are free, patients have reported that they have paid on average of Rs 94.80 for treatment, Rs 90 for medicines and Rs 89.80 for laboratory services. "Problems faced by the patients in the PHCs were non-availability of medicenes (37%), doctors coming late to the PHCs (27%), demanding money from patients (18%), issuing medicines (9%) and absence of duty doctors in the night (9%)," Rao maintained.

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