Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Political Reformation is more Important

Leaders on whom lies the fate of an organisation or that of trade unions or that of a state government or a country have become lover of flattery, have become lover of money and lover of high post without merit. Root cause of all mishappenings, irregularities, fraud or cheating lies in nothing but flattery which shuts the eyes, ears and mind & heart of leaders.

Leaders become self cantered and sacrifice the interest of the masses for whom they are meant. They forget God and minimum moral and religious values. When a person becomes popular he becomes more prone to bad habits and there are more chances of committing fraud with the system.

Corruption cannot end in India until government takes harsh steps to stop flattery. Leaders, Ministers and top ranked officers have to discard red carpet welcome extended to them by their subordinates. They will have to stop subordinate doing unwarranted expenses to please leaders, ministers and higher officials with a motto to earn bribe and share with them in their ill earned wealth. Yes man and bribe givers are equally responsible for rising corruption and for damaging the right course of action.

Looting of money from a person through bribe is less harmful than looting of pride, self respect of service men or businessmen or professionals. All is well sir or No Problem sir culture is killing the enthusiasm of real workers, real Indians and real businessmen because flatterers by dint of their actions hypnotize the top officials and ministers and get success in getting undue benefit or up gradation in service or better posting and quick promotion in service at the cost of many genuine workers.

Chief Vigilance Commissioner or Central Bureau of Investigation or Anti Corruption inspectors or any such office as such cannot stop corruption because they also become victim of this disease. CVC has to survive in the same system where perpetuators or corruption are sitting at the helm of affairs. Officers at vulnerable and responsible post at CVC or CBI or audit offices are chosen from a team of best flatterers.

CVC has to be bold enough and has to stop corruption in transfers, posting and promotion as also in recruitment processes of government employees and bring about maximum transparency, eliminate the channel of Interview which gives rise to whimsical and biased decision. When honest and sincere officers are shunted in remote areas or posted in insignificant corners it is but natural that such officers will prefer indulging in flattery than wasting energy in good work.

CVC or for that matter Government of India has to make judicial process quick, affordable effective and honest so that victim of the system may approach court without any fear of repercussion. Fear of punishment may only keep flatterers and corrupt person away from the system.

Similarly media has to take pro active and innovative initiatives to expose corrupt practices, conduct sting operation and do all acts deemed fit to expose the mischievous elements occupying top posts in government offices, ministry , banks, insurance companies, CBI, vigilance department, judiciary, tax departments etc who sell transfer, posting and promotions in service sector or who willfully torture and blackmail a good businessmen who do not flatter or bribe an officer.

Reformation must start from the top. Political leaders are always at the top of all officers and serving employees .And hence it is undeniably true that until politics is reformed, no power on earth can remove corruption from the system. There is no doubt that ninety percent of elected representative in Parliament or state assemblies or Panchayat are using ill earned and ill acquired money to win the election.

I submit hereunder the views of a writer Mr. T.K. Arun published in Economic Times on 24th November 2011

The basic reform that India requires is of politics. Politics must be redeemed from its current degradation as moneymaking by misuse of state power and reinstituted as essential mediation of power between the people and the state for the larger good. Unreformed politics will choke off India's growth potential while reformed politics can change India in ways that many would still find incredible. How politics can damage an economy is playing out in Europe right now, with the Americans giving them close competition for best performance. India cannot afford to go down this path.

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The two instruments to usher in such change in politics are reform of political funding and regulation of political parties as to internal democracy and maintenance and disclosure of accounts.

In India, corruption is not opportunistic or incidental. It is systemic; without it, politics would break down. This great Indian democracy that all of us are so proud of is funded, at present, by the proceeds of corruption. Running political parties and waging electoral battles call for a lot of money. That money has to be, is raised. But political parties file accounts that show a tiny fraction of their actual income. And their actual income is a tiny fraction of the totality of funds that political leaders collect, the bulk of it going to their own personal fortunes. This must change. Every paisa spent by any political party must be traceable to its origin. There should be an institutional arrangement to enforce that traceability.

Political parties fund themselves in three ways: loot the exchequer, sell state patronage or extort from the public. The first two instruments are available to a ruling party. The third route is available to any group that has even a long shot at becoming a tiny part of a ruling coalition.

There are many ways to loot the exchequer. Inflating the cost of state-funded projects and pocketing the padding later on is one. Diverting funds from development schemes have the widest base of participation, with party workers at the panchayat level also getting a piece of the action. Commissions on government procurement are a subset of such corruption.

State patronage that can be sold takes many forms, from transfers and posting to grant of mining leases, valuable land or scarce licences. Closing a blind eye to theft of power or land-grab by party loyalists also falls in this category. Extortion takes many forms, ranging from speed money, bribes to get a power connection or sundry clearances, to release a payment from the exchequer, register a piece of land, etc.

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