Corruption is in headlines today but the counter allegation and defence looks surprising. Poor public who live in village are real victims of corruption (nepotism, fabratism, victimisation), but they are laughing at the debate in defence of it.
Poor living in villages always think anticorruption campaign is more theoretical then practical with a valid reason. The popular anticorruption leader Arvind Kejriwal, now chief minister, Delhi with a landslide win was the biggest experiment in anti-corruption movement but doing just nothing.
The poorer are suffering with self wreak sense. They pay bribery to get basic services like health and education. 73 per cent of bribes paid in India came from low economy groups, the report says.
Media tend to focus on corruption only on big case like 2G, CWG etc. but there is hardly any discussion on day-to-day corruption that mostly impacts the poor. Such corruption are more about quality of governance so politicians cleverly use it to polarise voters on religion, cast, sex, or community.
Central government claims that they have taken biggest step to weed out corruption but it has no impact in sikkim. There is no independent anti-corruption mechanism in sikkim. Many laws currently on the books of sikkim lack genuine enforcement to combat corruption to promote transparency.
The anticorruption Lokpal by Anna Hazare after 6 year Lokayuktas Act of 2013, it is still in the process of being operationalised in our state. India’s biggest investigating agency, CBI is prevented from holding enquiry. This sufficiently proves that fighting for corruption was not in the agenda in our state.
But now with his great ability Chief Minister, Shriman Golay since taken office has been relentless in work to make transparent and corruption free state. The tenure so far has generated some optimism among poorer.
Steps like white paper and amendment and passing of Lokayukta Bill No.7 of 2019 as watchdogs with true investigative and prosecutorial powers is are welcoming steps. I hope the new government will continue to dedicate itself for the poor as they have voted with hope for change.
By Deepak Adhikari, Teacher and a Social Worker, Tumin Barang.
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