“Corruption is like a termite that leaves a country hollow inside.” However, India’s rank has improved from 80 to 78 this year on the “Global Watchdog Transparency International Index”. As an auspicious sign of improvement far better than China and other neighbouring countries, this has not happened in a One-day wonder but has come to us after blood, sweat and tears.
Generally, corruption is defined as unethical conduct with a position of authority often for self-benefits including activities like bribery and embezzlement. Corruption may lead to bureaucratic delay and inefficiency, eventually loss of our country’s credibility and economic growth.
Corruption in India is not only limited to high-level scams but also extended to the basic services and rights of people. This especially impacts the poor and marginalised, who are most dependent on public provisioning of rations, pensions, health and education.
The main causes of corruption in India are low wages, lack of strict laws and lopsided unity against corruption. However, transparency in government dealings and the freedom of independent agencies cannot be ignored.
For the past few years, the government is sensitive to this issue and revving up against it. The “Lokpal Law” was enacted to set up an independent and empowered anti-corruption ombudsman, who would work without fear or favour. Moreover, the Grievance redress Bill, RTI Act, and Money Laundering Act are playing big games. It is a naked truth that corruption is the enemy of development and good governance. It must get rid of. Both the government and the people at large must come together to achieve this national objective.
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