Monday, July 26, 2021

Unjust system

The best democracy is one where the people are in a position to make proper use of their rights with due consideration of the discharge of their duties. It is one where the government is fair enough to take proper care of public well being. In effect, this means that the public servants are the backbone of a nation/state. The success of democracy and development largely depends on its public servants. So, if the public servants, irrespective of their position, are undermined by corruption, the administrative machinery is most likely to collapse. There is no denying that corruption has prevailed upon most of the corners of administrative mechanism. It has created inefficiency and wasteful expenditure. As such, people have started losing faith in the integrity of the State as well as the Central Government. It has stretched its tentacles even to the local levels of administration and village level from which it was conspicuously absent in the past. Corruption prevailing in the ministerial kingdom steadily spread to the lower levels of administration through different stages contaminating everyone in the hierarchy. It has become their way of life. Today our society is contaminated by our public custodians’ personal preferences. In general, poverty is considered to be the major cause of corruption because it leads many honest persons to dishonesty. The ever-rising cost of living is another reason compelling the salaried employees to adopt the unfair means to earn money for maintaining their standard of living. The social glamour is the major cause of accepting illegal gratification to fill up the gap. Delaying in administrative procedure is the breed of corruption. It contrives to obtain some kind of illicit gratification. To avoid delay, people give bribe to the officials, which are called speedy money. The administrative and discretionary powers vested in an officer also open an opportunity to harass and be corrupted. In fact, corruption owes its origin in the so-called politicians. Though they preach integrity, they lack the virtue. Ministers of both States and Centre think themselves as they are permitted to be corrupt in all forms and live in glaring extravagance. The properties of Government are being used as the private property of the minister concerned. The fund allocated to the department is considered to be his family budget of the year. Recruitment for the various posts has been categorized not on the basis of qualification and efficiency of the candidates but decided on the basis of monetary capability of the aspirants. To get a job, one must arrange or pay the price for the job to the concerned authority in advance. Another example is that, in a State like Nagaland, if not all in the system, most of the concerned authorities demand a specific share openly for all kinds of contract work, departmental work and so on. This issue has been raised many times by different organizations over the years, but nothing has been done to stop these practices. Those agencies or contractors who establish rapport with the ministers or authorities immediately concerned have nothing to fear for his sub-standard work. In return, the concerned responsible faces are not willing to deal drastically with corruption-activities under his/her department and become a factor responsible for the growth of corruption at all levels. Clearly these are some of the modes of corruption prevailing in our State – acceptance of sub-standard works, misappropriation of public money, unfair recruitment based on personal relationship and money, abnormal delay in public work, claiming false allowances, possession of disproportionate assets; abuse of official position and power. The citizens must stand up together and raise their voice against the unjust and corrupt system.