Hyderabad, Dec. 31: Only 10 per cent of the 14 lakh state government employees are scrupulously honest. Others range between the totally corrupt to the fence-sitters who are not averse to bribes if they don’t get caught. This rather bleak picture was arrived at by the Anti-Corruption Bureau after an analysis of the trends of the last 10 years.
The ACB director general, Mr R.R. Girish Kumar, said that 10 to 15 per cent of employees were totally dishonest and could not be reformed. “About 70 per cent are drifters,” he said. “They are discreet and honest if there are chances of getting caught. Otherwise they are not. But we can say that 10 per cent of employees are non-corrupt.”
ACB sleuths are only able to book one wrongdoer for every 2,000 corrupt employees. The ratio was arrived at after taking into consideration the number of officials caught for corruption every year. On an average, for every year since 2003, cases are being booked against 500 to 700 officials. “It is virtually impossible to book all corrupt officials,” said an ACB source. “We are trying to create a perception that they can be caught and punished.”
To create this feeling, ACB has been registering more number of disproportionate assets cases.
While in 2004, nine cases of disproportionate assets were registered, it rose to 48 in 2005. In 2006 it was 61 and the number touched 77 in 2007. The number of surprise checks has also increased. The ACB analytical study also reveals that government employees have increased the quantum of money they take as bribes. In 1998, the average bribe taken by each corrupt employee was Rs. 1,184 but in 2003, it increased to Rs. 4,902 and touched Rs. 16,000 in 2007.
Similarly, the average value of disproportionate assets per official was Rs. 14.5 lakh in 1998 which rose to Rs. 50 lakh in 2003 and Rs 75.65 lakh in 2007. The revenue department emerged as the most corrupt in 2007 with 116 cases booked against its employees. Police stood second, with 30 cases registered against its personnel.
Thanks for such information, but what about the politicians percentage, even corp-orator of small city becomes crore pati within 6-8 months. Their living standards changes drastically. All should be punished.