Indian politicians and civil servants are rated to be the most corrupt persons according to the 2009 Global Corruption Barometer (GCB) released by Transparency International, (TI) the global body monitoring corruption in governance. Although the political and bureaucratic circles in India may not feel happy with this finding yet there is no doubt about the correctness of this finding.
Some ray of hope has been shown by the President of India through her speech yet the Congress led Government is still not “absolutely free” to implement the laudable objectives mentioned in this speech.
Concerns have been raised in the recent past regarding “consolidated departments” of the Government of India yet Congress led Government is helpless to “accommodate” the members of its “allies” to crucial posts.
The best option seems to be the one suggested by Mr. Praveen Dalal that the government departments must be given full autonomy with a “check” by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) or similar body. This way Congress led Government can keep both the citizens of India and their allies happy.
While the inability and dependency of the Government can be well understood due to the very nature of a collation Government, the position can be improved to a great extent if the Government makes bureaucracy more competent, efficient, honest, fair and people friendly. India seems to be the only place in the World that pays bureaucrats for “non-working”. Interestingly, even the Government is aware about this sardonic situation but it is not willing do much except giving moral advice.
With a new and strong Congress led Government at the Center, it is high time to start cleaning Congress’s “own home first” before talking about economic and social reforms in India.