Wednesday, November 29, 2000

Time to turn the tables

Corruption affects our affluence adversely. And only we can change that. All we need is the strength to say: "No!"
Gautam Chikermane
I’M NOT absolutely certain, but news reports tell me that one source of easy money for a large section of Indians is under threat. There seems to be more pressure on government servants to live within the salaries they are given, out of taxes paid by the rest of us. It shocks me to see a junior engineer in the Municipal Council of Delhi have crores of rupees stashed away. To them, corruption is not the monster we think it; rather, it’s a conduit for amassing great wealth. Being in a position of power -- the power to delay endlessly or even stall our day-to-day business, from the innocuous birth certificate that gives us our first identity in India, through the innumerable government departments we have to deal with day in and day out, right till we get our death certificate–these rogues in the garb of ‘servants’ abuse that power. Systematically, mercilessly.
Opinion in Outlook Money

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