Over the years, the public office in our country has often come to be regarded as a means for personal enrichment, and not as a responsibility to discharge the duties in a spirit of trust and transparency. Factors which contributed to the burgeoning corruption are mainly :
- A large section of our population is poor, un or under-educated and ignorant of their rights and privileges in a democratic polity,
- The quality of our politics has undergone ethical devaluation rather strongly,
- The ‘Soft’ State of Gunar Myrdall’s description has been re-active & given to procrastination and
- The regulated economy of the mixed variety provided fertile ground for supply & demand chains to be hyper-active.
Given our tradition of compassion and a strong sense of right & wrong , the will to fight the overriding forces can be built up sooner rather than later. However, the crux of remedy lies not merely in expression of pious words, but in the ability to prescribe, and more importantly enforce, a code of conduct which regulates the behaviour of all public functionaries, including those at the top. It is relevant to recall that the UNDP Human Development Report for South Asia 1999 highlighted that “ … corruption in South Asia occurs up-stream and not down-stream” and the “big fish – unless they belong to the opposition – rarely fry.”
Our focus area will be the deliverance by the independent institution, the decision- making process with the responsibility tag, avoidable delay at the cutting edge in particular, rule of law and righteous executive conduct. Accountability and efficiency are the tools to fight corruption with and we intend not to allow any rust to gather.