The Candid Eye

October 19, 2009

BPL families pay 16 crore rupees as bribe to our goverment servants!!

Have you ever gotten your driving license or family card or voter’s id or any thing on time,from a government office without paying anything ?You can consider yourself lucky if you have/get any of these things without paying any money as bribe.Jharkand goverment officials are the ones who are welathier than their counterparts in the world.These leeches suck the blood not only from wealthier people but also from the downtrodden people of the state.

Jharkhand State

Jharkhand State

Jharkhand government employees do not spare even people living below poverty line (BPL) when it comes to extracting bribes. The extent of greed can be assessed from the fact that the total bribe paid by BPL families in Jharkhand in 2008 was around Rs 16 crore.

This revelation was made in the annual survey report of Transparency International India (TII). To ensure that the results of the survey holds ground at the time of any verification, TII had documented complaints of every person who paid bribe. TII project director Vineeta Singh said the amount of bribe paid to the officials was small because the affected people paid the same from their pocket.

TII executive director Anupama Jha shared the findings during the launch of `Pahal’ for improving governance in rural areas of Jharkhand. “Anyone can gauge the extent of corruption in the state by the total bribe paid by the poorest of the poor in Jharhand. In 2008, the total bribe paid by BPL households was around 16 crore,” Jha said. The number of BPL households in the state is around 25 lakh.

Corruption in India

Corruption in India : Image Courtesy - http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/

The finding shows that corruption was highest in basic services which are free for BPL families like health, school education and water supply. Corruption is also rampant in police department and schemes under NREGA, land record and banking.

Another surprising fact that came out during the survey was that less than 5% of BPL families were aware of Right to Information Act. Director general of state administrative training institute AK Singh, a Cabinet secretary-rank officer, admitted that most government employees accept bribes.

“`Jharkhand is perhaps the only state in the country where even ministers demand a bribe and the percentage is fixed. I have worked in Bihar but there the ministers do not fix any fixed percentage for bribe on every tender,” Singh said.

Singh referred to an incident of building construction department where he was asked to pass the estimate of a building before floating a tender when the work was over. “I was surprised when my colleagues brought the file for approval of estimate of the building which was already complete,” Singh said.

Source: TOI

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  1. May I draw attention of Ms. Vineeta Singh, Project Director; Transparency International India; Ms Anupama Jha, executive director and Mr. Anshul Jain of TII though have tried their best to resolve this issue, but ultimately could not break silence of the competent authorities.
    Right to know; in India seems to be a distant dream. My sister-in-law’s date of appointment has been changed by the Director, Directorate of Secondary Education, Ranchi, Jharkhand. This change has snatched away more than six years of her government school teacher’s service tenure. This change has been deliberately made to harass her as it flouts her service book record entry as well as office orders of the Directorate. DARPG, NCW, President’s Secretariat Help Line and CORE Center, registered complaints could not resolve this. Competent authority is silent to the consequential directives. The Director has even ignored directives of Honorable DC Ranchi, Sri Yashwant Sinha, Honorable M.P. and letter from PMO. Three RTI applications have been sent to The Director, Directorate of Secondary Education, Jharkhand Mantralaya and DARPG on 20th October, 2011. Jharkhand Mantralaya and DARPG have forwarded the applications to the concerned officials. No reply has been given yet. On expiry of 30 days of term appeals to concerned appellate authorities would be sent. I do not know if the directorate still can evade these RTI queries. Absence of strong grievance redressal system fosters these gross irregularities and rather helps growth of paramount corruption. e-governance initiative of our government has feeble impact on answerability, accountability. Jharkhand government portal is a showcase of such deficiencies. This issue has been exposed in news report; Hindustan Times, Ranchi on 3rd September, 2010.

    Comment by KALYAN GHOSH — November 17, 2011 @ 7:49 PM | Reply


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