Lok Satta

Thursday, 05 February 2009 06:43


Article Index
State-wide Anti-Corruption Movement People’s Commission Against Political Corruption
Lok Satta Party's People's Commission Against Political Corruption Terms of Reference
Letter to Speaker, AP Legislative Assembly
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In India, one cannot talk about public service without raising the issues of corruption, lack of transparency and accountability. most corruption at the citizens’ level is extortionary, and people have often no choice when faced with the dilemma of having to lose much more in the form of lost money, time and opportunity, not to speak of anxiety, harassment and humiliation if they did not comply with demands for bribes. The only silver lining is, everyone, including those in positions of influence is a victim and no one seems to be exempt from these extortionary demands. An even more alarming trend is the shift of corruption from licensing and permits to more dangerous and pernicious areas of sovereign functions of state like policing. The increasing nexus between hardened criminals, policemen and corrupt politicians is one such example. It is clear that the state’s gradual withdrawal from economic activity does not automatically eliminate corruption. Many practical and institutional initiatives are needed to successfully curb corruption.
The fight against corruption is too important to be left to a few formal institutions or politicians. The people at large have enormous stakes in clean public life and corruption-free services. Lok Satta over the years has been making determined efforts to curb corruption and cleanse the system.