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Menace and Measures to Mitigate Corruption

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CORRUPTION – Menace & Measures to mitigate

What and Why?
Oxford dictionary defines corruption as dishonest or unmoral behavior or activities. So, when we talk about corruption, it implies dishonest conduct in public life. Immorality generally does not mean corruption, as we popularly understand it. Corruption ordinarily means, demanding or taking something, which the other person is not legally bound to give.
Public life involves lot of activities   at various levels of Government.   Public servants have to deal with numerous functions. These both involve doing things or abstaining from doing things. .

  1. Think of any department or system and we may see, rules being flouted and illegal money or favors changing hands.   Go to the doctor, prescription may contain   medicines which are not needed, which are not of standard quality coming from obscure manufacturing companies.
  2. Come to police, there is well defined system for administration of justice but when it comes to victim he may find himself at receiving hand at the police stations it the other party is resourceful enough to manage the system.

Politics & Democracy
The democracy involves choice   i.e. elections. We have seen people of doubtful credentials, using black money to further their election prospects by giving money, liquor or vehicles and muscle power.  
We have seen our worthy legislators asking questions for money, of course   black money. We have also seen trust motions being passed or falling on account of motives other than bona fide.

Social Evil – Dowry
Dowry has been a great menace. Corruption has been its backbone. The person with black money in hand will promise moon the bridegroom. This will be to the prejudice of   competent but poor girl who will not get suites she deserves. In other sense too, corruption has taken toll on sex ratio.

One of the pillars of the democracy is public service commission where government gets its future public...


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