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Lokayukta urges youth to help protect nation from corruption

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Government criticised for 'pleasing' bureaucrats

HASSAN: Lokayukta N. Venkatachala said here on Saturday it is the responsibility of the youth to guard the nation from corrupt politicians and bureaucrats.

Mr. Venkatachala was inaugurating a workshop organised by Political Science Lecturers' Academy in A.V.K. College. He delivered a lecture on "Corruption in administration".

He regretted the failure of the Government in implementing the recommendations of Administrative Reforms Committee headed by Harnahalli Ramaswamy.

He said although the committee suggested abolition of the post of Divisional Commissioner, the Government, which abolished the post, created another post to please the bureaucrats. "The bureaucracy is running the Government," he said.

"Neither the elected representatives nor the bureaucrats are adhering to the law and they try to circumvent it for their selfish needs," he alleged. The elected representatives are not interested in curbing corruption. "Corruption has no limits in our society and bureaucrats are exploiting the public to the hilt," he charged.

Lokpal Bill

Taking elected representatives to task for their failure in containing corruption in public places, Mr. Venakatachala said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is truly concerned about corruption among bureaucrats. The Transparency Act was his initiative and he is making every effort to introduce Lokpal Bill. The Bill, if it becomes a law, will help those who want to fight corruption, he added.

The Lokayukta lauded Congress President Sonia Gandhi for signing a document prepared by the United Nations Convention Against Corruption.

Bad roads

Mr. Venkatachala referred to the bad state of major roads in Hassan district and said the two ministers representing the district have not done anything.

The former Minister Harnahalli Ramaswamy in his presidential address said although Mr. Venkatachala has exposed many senior bureaucrats, not one of them has been punished and this has emboldened the others.

More powers

The powers given to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) should be extended to the Lokayukta, he said.

The Government is not prepared to implement the recommendations of the Administrative Reforms Committee two years after it was submitted.

He said the Government spent over Rs. 21,000 crores to support 6.25 lakh employees while the revenue is Rs. 20,000 crores.

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