Our daily newspapers are filled with scams news. Have you ever given a thought there are so much corruption cases in India? Are anti corruption bodies India ineffective or our system is full of loopholes where anybody can dare to do a scam. In this article I’ll cover a youtube video & excellent report from Times of India so that you can have good content before facing any GD topic related to corruption.
WHY THE EXISTING ANTI-CORRUPTION BODIES ARE INEFFECTIVE
- No jurisdiction over politicians, only bureaucrats
- No power to register criminal cases. It deals only with vigilance or disciplinary matters
- No direct power over departmental vigilance wings. It mostly forwards corruption complaints to them and keeps sending reminders
- Supervisory powers over CBI have made little difference as CVC can’t call for any file or issue directions to the agency
DEPARTMENTAL VIGILANCE WINGS
- Manned mostly by officials from within same department, on temporary basis
- Since each wing is under direct control of head of department, can hardly probe any senior official of that department.
- Even otherwise, in complaints against senior colleague, vigilance officer might hesitate as he could be posted later under the same person
- No jurisdiction over politicians and no power to register FIRs against anybody. Can only deal with disciplinary proceedings
- Though it can book cases against bureaucrats and politicians, CBI’s independence compromised as it comes directly under Centre’s control
- Government control leaves it vulnerable to charges of investigations being politically motivated
- Since it is overburdened, CBI does not accept cases unless amount involved runs into crores
- Cannot book cases against officers above the rank of joint secretary without prior sanction from their department
Similar structural deficiencies lead to impunity for corruption at the state level
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Further on 40-year-old proposal Lokpal bill to probe political corruption
1. The common man cannot approach the Lokpal directly. They will have to address their complaints to the Speaker of the House, who will forward this to the Lokpal if he deems fit.
2. Lokpal can only deal with members of Parliament and ministers. Its authority does not extend to government officials.
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