In­dia Can’t Af­ford Cor­rup­tion

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As­sert­ing that a poor coun­try like In­dia can­not af­ford lux­ury of cor­rup­tion, Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi said the state should be pol­icy-driven and not based on whims of an in­di­vid­ual. Ad­dress­ing a func­tion on an­ti­cor­rup­tion, he em­pha­sised on use of Aad­haar and other in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy-based ap­pli­ca­tions to check cor­rup­tion. “When we make rules and if there is any am­bi­gu­ity in it which is open to peo­ple’s in­fer­ence then it opens door for cor­rup­tion. That is why state should be pol­icy-driven. It should not run on in­di­vid­u­als’ whim.

“If state is pol­icy- driven, then there are re­stric­tions for ifs and buts. And if there are no ifs and buts then there is no scope for dis­crim­i­na­tion,” he said. The Prime Min­is­ter said if the gov­ern­ment em­pha­sises on pol­i­cy­driven state then there will be less scope for in­ter­pre­ta­tion by an in­di­vid­ual. “Law, rules and sys­tem will speak for it­self. One will get what he de­serves. That is why our ef­forts are to make all the things pol­icy-driven and in black and white be­cause of which no­body will get to do any­thing ‘id­har ud­har ka’ (mal­prac­tices),” he said. In an ad­vice to gov­ern­ment de­part­ments, Mr Modi said peo­ple must be in­volved while mak­ing draft laws for any gov­er­nance-re­lated mat­ters. “While mak­ing laws if we use many minds then the law would be good. Se­crecy does not mat­ter in this,” he said. The Prime Min­is­ter was speak­ing dur­ing the vale­dic­tory func­tion of vig­i­lance aware­ness week (Oc­to­ber 31 to Novem­ber 5) or­gan­ised by Cen­tral Vig­i­lance Com­mis­sion. He said there has been degra­da­tion of val­ues in the coun­try. A poor coun­try like us can­not af­ford lux­ury of cor­rup­tion. If only few takes all the money (that to il­le­gally) then how will com­mon men will be ben­e­fited?” he asked. Mr Modi said the com­mon man is hon­est and is will­ing to pay any price to en­sure im­prove­ment in the sys­tem. Re­fer­ring to Aad­haar, he said in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy has ma­jor role in check­ing cor­rup­tion and im­prov­ing sys­tem. “There is a com­mon per­cep­tion that “sab chor hain” (all are thieves). This per­cep­tion of pes­simism makes a man worry... We can change these things with the help of tech­nol­ogy,” he said.

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