Sunday, February 5, 2012

Corruption



Corruption –abuse of Authority
Corruption is the abuse of entrusted power for private gain; a breach of trust,
Stealing of public money for private gain by people in power and authority

My dear children,
This is your God speaking!

Getting a position of power and authority at various levels - right from junior most to senior most, is a great privilege which I give to only about one per cent of people in various countries in the world.  They do not know that they were given this position after their strenuous efforts and show of integrity in their past lives and after proving themselves worthy of being placed in a position of power and authority.  At the start of their career in such a privileged position some people do admit that they got this position due to their good luck!  But what is good luck, that they do not know.  Good luck is the carry forward result of good work done by them in their past lives. But the real test starts when they are placed in a position of power and authority.  Sadly, most of them fail in their test.  Having risen to great heights, they get tempted by worldly gains and belie the trust that was reposed in them by Me. Truly, it requires sagely strength of character not to be tempted by power and authority which are the greatest intoxication on earth. People indulging in corruption fail the test of their integrity and are reverted back to a lower step of ladder in this life by law of the land or in their next life by Me. 

The irony is that the very same people, who impart harsh punishment to others for their wrong doing, conveniently overlook their own act of corruption, which is a heinous crime, by rationalizing it under various justifications – insufficient pay, for getting promotion and good posting, for fighting election, for party fund, etc.  A crime can not be justified under any pretext; it is punishable and the perpetrator shall get due punishment in various ways commensurate with the intensity of crime.

Amassing wealth through unfair means, like corruption, is an act of Greed and Lust.  These are the two sure gates to Hell.  When one starts gaining benefits, his desire for more and more increases turning into greed and lust – insatiable and multiplying with every gain.  He loses all sense of righteousness.  He becomes blind, ignorant of the consequences of his wanton acts of corruption.

My Natural justice System
But these corrupt people should not forget that apart from the law of the land, they are also answerable to their ultimate Master, their Creator.  Even if they are able to save themselves from the law of the land, they can not deceive Me. I see everything, I know everything and I am capable of doing justice.  Through My system of Natural Justice I put them in the right place they deserve.  Firstly, the wealth they amass illegally, they can not declare publicly. Hence they can not enjoy it.  When the quantum of wealth accumulated is very high then they have to stash it in foreign countries, which is even a bigger crime. What they are doing, is that they are depriving the people of their country of this wealth and making it available to people of other countries. Secondly, they remain in constant fear of being caught. They lose their peace of mind.  They develop physical problems due to constant mental tension.  The availability of unlimited money spoils their children. 

My sane advice to the corrupt people is to understand that ill gotten wealth can not bring good results.  They should realize that the money they have amassed through unfair and criminal means, was in any case, destined to be available to them because it was in their pass book of past good actions.  By earning through unfair means they have only spoilt their future life.  Such ill-gotten wealth can not bring Peace, Prosperity and Happiness in their life.

Now some hard facts about corruption
Corruption has become a respectable way to amass wealth.   It has become a way of life.  The people in power and in government administration quite shamelessly demand bribe.  The helpless people have no alternative but to succumb to their demand. 

Forms of corruption are innumerable and no inclusive list can be made, but include briberyextortioncronyismnepotismpatronage, graft, and embezzlement. While corruption may facilitate criminal enterprise such as drug traffickingmoney laundering, and human trafficking, it is not restricted to these activities.
a)       Taking a cut in the purchases that Govt. makes, purchasing at higher price by manipulating purchasing process,
b)      Bribe in appointment of employees and their placement
c)       Diverting the benefits from the poor to themselves
d)      In judiciary for manipulating justice
e)      Taking money from public for doing their job
f)         Taking money for using  discretionary powers
g)      Protection to Criminals and Gangsters for heinous crimes like drugs trafficking, human trafficking, gun running, extortion,  killings, organized crime of all kinds;
h)       Political corruption
i)         The people in administration exploit all possible venues for extorting money from its people.
j)         Allotment of government assets like land, mines etc. at low price at the cost of the country.

The Government authorities make rules in such a way that people can not make any complaint for the prevalent corruption. As the economy grows of a country, the aggregate volume of money that changes hand from public to the Government authorities keeps on growing.  It has grown to colossal volumes in many countries whose economy is growing.  Corruption is prevalent in all parts of the world. The results show seven out of every ten countries (and nine out of every ten developing countries) have very high incidence of corruption.  Worldwide, bribery alone is estimated to involve over 1 trillion US dollars annually.

Political corruption is the use of legislative powers by government officials for illegitimate private gain. Misuse of government power for other purposes, such as repression of political opponents and general police brutality, is also a form of political corruption. Similarly, illegal acts by private persons or corporations not directly involved with the government are also acts of corruption.

Economic effects

Corruption undermines economic development of a country by generating considerable distortions and inefficiency. In the private sector, corruption increases the cost of business through the price of illicit payments themselves, the management cost of negotiating with officials, and the risk of breached agreements or detection. Although some claim corruption reduces costs by cutting bureaucracy, the availability of bribes can also induce officials to contrive new rules and delays. Openly removing costly and lengthy regulations are better than covertly allowing them to be bypassed by using bribes. Where corruption inflates the cost of business, it also distorts the playing field, shielding firms with connections from competition and thereby sustaining inefficient firms.

Corruption also generates economic distortions in the public sector by diverting public investment into capital projects where bribes and kickbacks are more plentiful. Officials may increase the technical complexity of public sector projects to conceal or pave the way for such dealings, thus further distorting investment. Corruption also lowers compliance with construction, environmental, or other regulations, reduces the quality of government services and infrastructure, and increases budgetary pressures on government.

Economists argue that one of the factors behind the differing economic development in Africa and Asia is that in the former, corruption has primarily taken the form of rent extraction with the resulting financial capital moved overseas rather than invested at home (hence the stereotypical, but often accurate, image of African dictators having Swiss bank accounts). In Nigeria, for example, more than $400 billion was stolen from the treasury by Nigeria's leaders between 1960 and 1999.

Fighting Corruption
Fight against corruption is an unequal war. The perpetrators have all the powers at their disposal.  They make laws and rules in such a cunning manner that gives them all the scope for extorting money from the people and provide them protection even if caught. The whistle blowers are conveniently done away with.  In India 23 Whistle blowers have been killed in the last few years. The masses, though in absolute majority, have practically no power to question them.  The media – print and electronic, are now showing some strength to expose their nefarious designs.  Electronic media is becoming more effective as it goes on showing the wrong doing round the clock.  The powers that be get panicky as they can not stand twenty four hours exposure on the TV.

The need of the hour is that a few good men of high moral character and unblemished record in every country come forward to take a bold stand.  Wherever such people have taken a stand against the government authorities they have received unstinted support from the masses.  For example, non-violent agitation by an old man of 74 yrs, having nominal education, Anna Hazare in India to make a strong anti-corruption authority ‘Lok Pal’ has received countrywide support. This is because the masses have huge accumulated anger due to suppression and extortion for a long time.  In some countries monarchs ruling for ages had to abdicate their throne.  In others Governments were forced to make Laws that shall facilitate punishment to corrupt officials. 

Awareness of the menace of corruption and its debilitating effect on the welfare of poor people is the need of the hour. Awareness of the problem is the first stage.  Awareness shall awaken the conscience of some courageous people to take a stand against this menace.  A relentless war against the corrupt practices shall bring some results.
(With inputs from Wikipedia)

For setting up a state of Utopia total elimination of the menace of Corruption is essential.
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Corruption is rampant in India and is costing its citizens heavily.  If corruption is eliminated then country’s assets can generate so much revenue that Indians can live in a tax-free regime.  

Some examples:
  1. CAG has estimated that mining rights were granted at a lower rates gifting a windfall gain of Rs.10.76 lac crores to the lessees of Coal Mines in past five years.  In other words the country could have earned more than  Rs. Two lac crores more per year from these mines.

CAG takes on coal minister, says we don’t make basic mistakes
COALGATE: ‘We are thorough’
‘CAG estimate of Rs. 10.7 lakh crore in windfall gains for Companies is notional and imaginary. Sriprakash Jaiswal – Coal Minister

‘We are incapable of making fundamental errors as being discussed in media.  Our report will make clear all doubts on fallacies being talked about.  Vinod Rai – CAG, in response
‘National Assets like Gas [ refer kg gas pages ]. iron ore mines, Coal, Lime stone quarries are all leased at very low fixed prices per kg - at say 25 paise per kg for iron ores. The companies do not pay more, when they raise the steel or Gas prices. The owners / public do not gain.’

2. The 2G licenses were granted at lower prices losing a potential gain of Rs. 1.76 lac crores for the country:

SENDING a clear message to the CBI court that the 2G spectrum allocation of 2008 is a scam and not the result of a government policy decision, the Supreme Court today quashed the grant of 122 UAS licences and allocation of spectrum to 12 private companies.

‘Even as the trial in the 2G case progresses in a Patiala House trial court in Delhi, a bench of Justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly held former telecom minister A Raja and his department guilty of “virtually gifting away an important national asset at throwaway prices.” The bench also slammed the telecom regulator, TRAI, accusing it of doublespeak for giving the First-Come-First-Served (FCFS) policy of spectrum allocation a go-by in the name of “level playing field” without emphasizing on transparency in allocation through an auction process.

3. The Organizers of Asian games made purchases at exorbitant prices causing an indeterminate loss to the exchequer.

 4. A PIL has revealed that purchases in Defense are being made at almost ten times the actual price. As per news being telecast on national TV channels a response to a PIL has disclosed that purchases in defense are made at about ten times the market price e.g. a truck jack being purchased at Rs. 31,000/- each - market price Rs. 3000/-,  and so on.

5. ‘Gen forces Antony’s hand with revelation
    After two years, defence minister AK Antony on Monday was forced to order a CBI inquiry into General VK Singh’s allegation that an equipment lobbyist hand offered him a bribe of Rs. 14 crore…
One of the men told me that if I cleared the tranche, he would give me Rs. 14 crore.  He told me people had taken money before me and they will take money after me. – Gen VK Singh, Army Chief


Times of India 4.4.2012
'Indore:  At least 400 MP bureaucrats are under probe for graft and other crimes by either the special establishment police (Lokayukta) or the Economic Offences Wing (EOW), over the past two years.
Information sourced through RTI says 219 bureaucrats and government employees, ranging from secretaries to junior officials, have been booked under different sections of the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Responding to the RTI query by Indore-based activist Rajendra Gupta, the Lokayukta’s office furnished names of officials being probed between from April 1, 2008, 2008 and March 31, 2011, while EOW revealed the names of officials under its scanner from January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2010.


TOI 4.4.2012
NRHM SCAM:
‘CBI files 1st charge sheet
New Delhi: Almost 10 months after the Central Bureau of Investigation began a probe into the multi-crore National Rural Health Mission scam in Uttar Pradesh, the agency on Tuesday filed its first charge sheet in the scam against seven accused persons and made three fresh arrests.  However, the agency in its charge sheet, did not name former Welfare Minister Babu Singh Kushwaha stating “they will file a supplementary charge sheet against him”.  Kushwaha was arrested in first week of March.  TNN                                                                                         

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