To root out cor­rup­tion

Southasia - - EDITOR'S MAIL -

The Southasia cover story on cor­rup­tion dis­cussed many facets of this so­cial evil. While most ar­ti­cles pre­sented well-rea­soned ar­gu­ments, I found the idea of launch­ing a new cur­rency and bonds in the coun­try quite in­trigu­ing. This can be a long, te­dious and ex­pen­sive process. But then, to re­move this tu­mor of cor­rup­tion from so­ci­ety, the cure has to be painful. As far as ha­rass­ment and bribes are con­cerned, this can­not be jus­ti­fied in any form. Why should one give a ‘fee’ for a ser­vice one has a right to? Why should the taker of the bribe then get his salary?

I be­lieve one way to stop cor­rup­tion is to in­crease the salaries of the lower grade of­fice work­ers. But it is not limited to the lower bu­reau­cracy only. Higher-ups and big bosses are equally in­volved and the net­work is wo­ven to­gether so closely that it is al­most im­pos­si­ble to catch the cul­prit. If the lead­ers of the South Asian re­gion are se­ri­ous about elim­i­nat­ing cor­rup­tion from their coun­tries, they should make the anti-cor­rup­tion bod­ies au­ton­o­mous and fully func­tional while whistle­blow­ers should be guar­an­teed pro­tec­tion.

Pushpa Dze­bronga

Thim­phu, Bhutan

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