ANDHRA PRADESH

Call for national campaign against corruption

TOWARDS A CLEAN SOCIETY: Shyamal Datta, (left), Governor of Nagaland, hands the first copy of the journal `Vigilance Professional' to the State's Governor, Sushil Kumar Shinde, at the seminar on `Towards a corruption free India' in Hyderabad on Wedne sday. At right are H. J. Dora, Vigilance Commissioner, and P. Shankar, Central Vigilance Commissioner. Photo: P. V. Sivakumar

TOWARDS A CLEAN SOCIETY: Shyamal Datta, (left), Governor of Nagaland, hands the first copy of the journal `Vigilance Professional' to the State's Governor, Sushil Kumar Shinde, at the seminar on `Towards a corruption free India' in Hyderabad on Wedne sday. At right are H. J. Dora, Vigilance Commissioner, and P. Shankar, Central Vigilance Commissioner. Photo: P. V. Sivakumar  

Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: The Governor, Sushil Kumar Shinde, and his Nagaland counterpart, Shyamal Datta, today called for launching a national movement against corruption.

Inaugurating a seminar "Towards a corruption-free India," organised by the City-based Vigilance Study Circle, Mr. Shinde said the malaise of corruption had engulfed all activities of the State and society and unless we take energetic steps to root it out, it will destroy our democratic society."

Referring to the plans, special schemes and packages launched to ameliorate the conditions of the poor, he said "our economic plans and social justice schemes are the best in the world. Yet, we have not been able to achieve our set goals. The reason is corruption at all levels of implementation."

Cynical attitude

The common man has become cynical and come to accept corruption as inevitable from the cradle to grave. "He is mentally prepared to bribe people in higher echelons and consider the same as service charges levied by the system." He emphasised on educating the bribe-giver while relentlessly pursuing removal of graft through legal and administrative measures.

Endorsing the suggestion for a national movement against corruption, Mr.Datta called for an anti-corruption strategy backed by institutional framework to eradicate the menace.

He said the worst casualty of corruption was development. It curtails production and undermines the quality of service. He expressed concern that there was no social rejection of corruption now, as in the past.

The Central Vigilance Commissioner, P.Shankar, favoured appointing ombudsmen in all departments, having interface with public, to curb corruption. Describing the Right to Information Act as a "broad spectrum antibiotic," he said that there was a need to have an ombudsman and citizens charter for the act to succeed.

The Lok Satta National Coordinator, Jayaprakash Narayan, called for an institutional framework, which rewards good behaviour and punishes the corrupt. He said that competition, choice, transparency, technology and decentralisation were the other factors, which helped in curbing corruption.

Addressing the valedictory session, the Uttar Pradesh Governor, T.V.Rajeswar, lamented about corruption in bureaucracy and educational institutions. He stressed the need for inculcating ethics and values among children by their parents. He called for positive measures to contain corruption.

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