Wednesday, March 9, 2011

[socialactionfoundationforequity:13544 Corruption is the Biggest Enemy of Good Governance: Joginder Singh

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From: Sameer Kochhar <>
Subject: Corruption is the Biggest Enemy of Good Governance: Joginder Singh
Date: Thursday, 10 March, 2011, 13:05

Good governance basically consists of ensuring the rule of law. It embraces principally, the state of policing, and security, health, education and basic infrastructure largely consisting of roads and power. The biggest enemy, which is coming in the way of the common man, is corruption, writes Joginder Singh

The extent of corruption and bribery, which is a major problem in our country, is well known, all over the world. A 2005 study done by Transparency International (TI) in India found that more than 50% of the people had first hand experience of paying bribe or peddling influence to get a job done in a public office. Transparency International estimates that truckers pay annually US$5 billion in bribes. For 2010, India has been ranked 87 out of 178 of the most corrupt countries in the world with an integrity score of 3.3 out of 10 as against 3.5 and 79th in 2009.

About half of international business executives polled by TI estimated that corruption escalated project costs by at least 10 per cent, and in some cases much more. Corruption has not only become unchecked and uncontrolled, but has increased, be it the Commonwealth Games, 2G Spectrum scandal or the latest, Adarsh Housing Scam, involving the top army brass of the country.

Those wanting to do business with India, willingly or unwillingly have bribed us (read Indians), by jacking up prices, at the cost of national exchequer. It has to be clearly understood, that no businessman, whether an Indian or a foreigner pays any bribe, unless, he or she makes enough money out of the contract to pay for it.

Take for instance, the latest reported scam, where in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has found evidence that Rs 1 billion had been allegedly paid as kickbacks by a Russian firm, Techno Prom Export or TPE, to secure a Rs 20 billion power contract. The 2005 contract was for the supply of power equipment to NTPC's 1,980 mega watt super critical thermal power project in Barh, Bihar...more

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