Grease palms and govern
Grease palms and govern
<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=450 border=0><TBODY><TR><TD class=news>The Mayawati Government in Uttar Pradesh has sacked more than 10,000 policemen in September 2007 on the ground that their recruitment and selection process was not fair. The State Government has also ordered an inquiry, headed by an Additional Director General of Police, to look into the alleged irregularities in the recruitment of 22,000 police and PAC constables through 55 selection boards during the previous Mulayam Singh Yadav regime. </TD></TR><TR><TD class=news>
</TD></TR><TR><TD class=news>The Uttar Pradesh Government says, "After the inquiry made startling revelations, about largescale corruption and gross nepotism in the selections, the Chief Minister felt it was appropriate to summarily sack the beneficiaries who would have only got down to misusing the uniform to retrieve whatever spent to get the jobs... Fake certificates, over-writing in the answer-sheets (of the selection exam), and even different handwriting in the same answer-sheets suggesting subsequent interpolations, besides largescale bungling in physical tests were detected during the course of the inquiry."</TD></TR><TR><TD class=news>
</TD></TR><TR><TD class=news>The Mayawati Government claims to have exposed one of the biggest recruitment scams in the State. The inquiry report has showed that in 10 selection boards, largescale irregularities were committed in the recruitment of constables. About 22,000 fresh recruitments were made during the three-and-half-year rule of the Samajwadi Party Government. </TD></TR><TR><TD class=news>
</TD></TR><TR><TD class=news>However, this is not the end of the story. A State official says, "So far we have only unearthed part of the racket; since the ongoing probe had so far scrutinised less than one-third of the recruitments, many more were bound to lose jobs." Together with constables, Ms Mayawati has also ordered the suspension of 12 senior officers belonging to the Indian Police Service, who headed the recruitment exercise. Of these officers, one was an Inspector-General, nine Deputy Inspectors-General and two Superintendents of Police. Besides, disciplinary proceedings have been initiated against 58 officers belonging to the lower Provincial Police Service. These include 18 officers of the additional SP rank and 40 Deputy Superintendents of Police.</TD></TR><TR><TD class=news>
</TD></TR><TR><TD class=news>Irregularities in the recruitment of police and personnel of other departments are not new in the country. There are a lot of money-making opportunities in Government jobs for those who wish to do so. It was revealed that one district police chief had paid as much as Rs 3.5 crore to the then Chairman, Ravi Sidhu, of the Punjab Public Service Commission to get his children selected in the State Public Service. Touts have confessed paying a whopping sum of Rs 16 crore to the former Punjab Public Service Commission Chairman. Randhir Singh Gill, alias Dhira, a tout, has revealed that the rate of recruitment varied between Rs 15 lakh to Rs 2.8 crore. </TD></TR><TR><TD class=news>
</TD></TR><TR><TD class=news>Punjab is not the only State to have a tainted Public Service Commission. A cash reward of Rs 10,000 has been announced for giving information about former Chhattisgarh Public Service Commission member Amol Singh Salam. Salam has been on the run since he was booked along with former CGPSC Acting Chairman Khelan Ram Jangde for alleged corruption in the State civil services examination and recruitment process. </TD></TR><TR><TD class=news>
</TD></TR><TR><TD class=news>The arrest of former Maharashtra Public Service Commission Chairman SD Karnik, too, has raised serious questions about the manner of functioning of the State Public Service Commission and the alleged corruption therein. </TD></TR><TR><TD class=news>
</TD></TR><TR><TD class=news>A study conducted by 'The Centre for Media Studies' has revealed in its report that truck operators have to pay between Rs 211 and Rs 266 daily as bribe to officials of the Regional Transport Department and policemen all over the country for plying their vehicles smoothly. The report also reveals that each truck operator on an average pays Rs 79,220 as bribe to officials annually. There are more than 36 lakh trucks in the country, operators of whom are paying a bribe of Rs 22,200 crore yearly. Transport is a vital sector of our economy, and the money going into the pockets of transport officials and policemen could have been deposited with the exchequer, which the Government could use for improving the infrastructure.</TD></TR><TR><TD class=news>
</TD></TR><TR><TD class=news>It is no satisfaction for us that the malaise of scams and corruption is a common phenomenon across the world. Corruption is eating up the moral fabric of the country. If corruption, whether in recruitment or implementation of policies and programmes, is eliminated or even reduced by half, poverty and even rat race for Government jobs can be done away with. A Bench of the Supreme Court has observed: "The only solution to get rid of corruption is to hang corrupt elements. It added that today, everyone wants to loot the country. Corruption is rampant among us. Corruption has crept into all sections. If law grants us the permission, we would have announced death sentence to a few corrupt elements." </TD></TR><TR><TD class=news>
</TD></TR><TR><TD class=news>We had a spectacle of MPs being caught on camera for taking cash for asking question in Parliament. In another case, when some politicians were caught on camera taking kickbacks, all political parties in the State Assembly joined together in demanding a law to ban sting operations. Nobody said that it is good to expose the wrongdoings. </TD></TR><TR><TD class=news>
</TD></TR><TR><TD class=news>If the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, who has declared an income of Rs 58 crore according to media reports, has taken this step to weed out corruption, it is welcome. If Ms Mayawati's Government is serious in ending corruption, it should implement police reforms and put in place a transparent system for recruitment to Government jobs.</TD></TR><TR><TD class=news>
</TD></TR><TR><TD class=news>The country's criminal justice system is on the verge of collapse, which has been admitted more than once by the powers-that-be. Yet, all reports for its reform, whether it is Mallimath Committee or several other commissions, remain in cold storage. Not controlling corruption is like plundering the nation for profit. The trouble in our country is that there are too many politicians who believe that they can fool all the people all the time. </TD></TR><TR><TD class=news>
</TD></TR><TR><TD class=news>The whole country suffers due to poor governance, as most citizens refuse to participate in politics. Things will improve only when all citizens start treating themselves as stakeholders in the governance of the country.
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Last edited by karira; 08-10-07 at 08:05 PM.
Re: Grease palms and govern
faculty and scientists Recruitments in India are prone to irregularities. I have been filing several RTIs in this regard. But it is a gigantic job.