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Monthly Archives: November 2016

Information of Different Corruptions Cases

In the case of one African country, there is evidence of corruption in several sectors: tax and customs bureaus, the state peanut, the development bank, and perhaps in social services like education. Several donors have made much of the foregone revenues due to inefficiency and probably bribery in customs and taxes. But before we equate foregone revenue to social costs, we must ask who gets the money that is now foregone and how they are spending it. The foregone revenue does not disappear from the face of the earth, nor perhaps even from the country in question. There are redistribution effects, most likely undesirable ones. But as old “revisionist” writers on corruption used to say, perhaps the most dynamic economic elements of the society are those who benefit from this kind of corruption, leading to more economic dynamism.

We must also investigate the extent to which various kinds of corruption “block” economic activity, or in contrast the extent to which there a “market price” with low transactions costs and low uncertainty. Sometimes a corrupt equilibrium has long delays, sometimes what looks like bureaucratic efficiency.

We should focus on the external support and incentives generated by corrupt activities of various kinds, not the amounts of money that changes hands. As they used to say of government officials in Mexico, “They waste a million to save a thousand.” Of particular importance is corruption that undercuts financial and banking systems or systems of justice. The external support can be huge here. A corruption activity leads to policy distortions.

Construct an Anti Corruption State

The helpline number is active from 8am to 10pm and works all-round the week. The helpline is active from January 9, 2014. The helpline will have police assistance as well, to serve the common people. The vigilance department is also set to look into the matter. This will help the common people of the state to become powerful and nab the corrupt people in time.

Arvind Kejriwal formed AAP and fought assembly polls from Delhi. Common people welcomed the new party whole heartedly and thus a stunning victory of 28 seats out of 70 seats followed. To form the government, it shook hands with Congress to get the majority , for government formation. The party formed the state government, and Arvind Kejriwal became the youngest chief minister of the state.

AAP’s campaign to reduce corruption from its grassroots seems to get a new light. Since its assumption of office, AAP and Kejriwal are introducing new ways to make the state corruption free. The introduction of this helpline is a step further towards better a better state that AAP desires. Kejriwal once stated that “whether it is Sheila Dixit or some minister from the Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party, or my own party, no one will be spared”, when asked about what his plans are to act against corruption.

After the assembly polls, AAP is next targeting the Lok Sabha elections. They are having high hopes that AAP can make it big in the next Lok Sabha elections as well. Though they have not confirmed the list of candidates for the next elections, but will do it within 2 weeks in all likelihood. They are yet to declare the prime ministerial candidate that will be out after the poll results. The next big election will witness leading parties getting into a heated battle, along with the newly emerged party as well. BJP, Congress and AAP all are ready for it. Now it will be interesting to see who will take the winning position.

Must know about Corruption Landscaped

It has now become necessary for any big construction to combine waste water treatment and recycling, planting and up keeping trees and greeneries in at least 15-20% of campus area, rain water harvesting, using solar technology for water heating, a proportionate park/jogging area and if possible, a swimming pool fed from the treated waste water, the latter to be used for gardening too. The next logical step would be to incorporate solid waste disposal, treatment and recycling at an earmarked isolated distant place for which the dwellers might have to pay and also reap the harvest.

We shifted to place called Dhanori, Lohegaon in 2010. On the right side of the apartment, there was a hillock at an approximate distance of 3 Km. Between my apartment and the hillock, there were some bungalows, otherwise the land looked to be rocky and barren.

One day in June, 2012, I opted for that particularly secluded area behind my apartment building for my morning walk. I found that a narrow inroad has been laid across the barren rocky land and a national private undertaking had acquired 105 acre of barren land to build a micro city. There were big banners and hoardings. The most satisfying aspect was that, efforts were afoot to plant trees and shrubs all around the protected area. I went up to their construction office. There a patch of land was carpeted with green grass, large number of shrub pots were placed all around and there were two dining table size rocks placed strategically. I sat on one of them to take rest for a while before beginning my return morning walk.

Whenever I had the pleasure of sitting aloof in a peaceful surrounding, some pertinent questions begin to brainstorm. Anna movement on Lokpal and Ramdev’s movement on black money were the talk of the times when I came to Pune. I was myself trying to find a clue about persons playing with huge amount of black money. Now that foreign banks are under surveillance, what would be the modus operandi of earthling such enormous amount of black money running into billions and the way they are switched into the white category.

The answer was shouting all around me. This land must have been bought in hundreds of million rupees while on the paper just a meager amount would have emerged. The input cost and the selling cost will only break-even showing only marginal profit. Hundreds of millions of rupees would become thousand of millions of rupees overtime. But now, it would be exchanged with diamonds, platinum and gold so that it could be stashed in as little secure place as possible.Oh! that’s why gold price is sky rocketing!

Having said all these, what the citizen of India is getting in return. An environment friendly place to live very near to places where they are earning their bread. A barren rocky place is getting turned into a beautiful and environment friendly landscape.

Corruption landscaped. Isn’t it? The strange ways of the nature which made it possible for man to transit from unearthing eatables in primitive days to eating fast food on streets and culinary delights in five stars; living in caves during stone age and now living in a multistoried building with the most advanced amenities; from bullock carts to BMW; from donkeys to air-buses and finally getting an almost new heart, kidney and the liver to win the 100 year marathon.

Business Corruption

Certain enterprises would seem more inclined to take a higher moral ground when it comes to money. Sectors like government, education, healthcare and religion. However, as we are all too painfully aware this is just not the case.Here are some examples:

–Recently, we’ve heard of politicians who cheat, are influenced by lobbyist “donations,” and help their political and business friends make big bucks. They’ll put their friends on the payroll, give publicly financed scholarships to their families, violate ethics rules, steer money to certain industries, and not behave in the public interest. They will compensate themselves generously and look out more for government workers than the public at large.

–We have seen “for profit” education placing profit above education. Recently we’ve heard about major corporate educational institutions duping applicants, falsifying job placement reports, saddling students with unconscionable student loan debt, misleading students and graduates about the value of their educations, and generally fleecing the taxpayer.

–There have been instances of healthcare providers charging outrageous fees which are then billed to Medicare, Medicaid, private insurers or the patients. Recent scandals identify providers charging for services that haven’t even been delivered, or are redundant or unnecessary procedures. The government’s practice of paying claims without prior verification has come under scrutiny.

–Scandals among religious leaders and their organizations are rife. We provide generous tax exemptions to these organizations and they collect donations from their members, but many are so greedy that even this isn’t enough. They financially fleece their flocks and spend lavishly on themselves and their cronies.

Of course these are just illustrations. There are many ethical, honest, fair, moral businessmen, politicians, and religious leaders. Unfortunately, far too many do not consistently evidence these attributes and our perceptions are influenced accordingly.

A Cheatin’ Nation

A lyric in a popular country song by Hank Williams says “your cheatin’ heart will tell on you…” (Your Cheatin’ Heart, 1952). Well, it seems we’ve become a nation of cheaters. But do these cheaters have a heart? And, will it tell on the perpetrators? Or, will we have to rely on watchdog agencies, audits, regulatory bodies, media reporters, whistleblowers, public outrage, and the like?

I’m not a moral purist or absolutist, and, I completely understand that the profit motive has spurred progress, development, and incentivized business. However, I also believe that trust is important for the efficient conduct of business, and that cheating will lead to inefficiencies, cost and price distortions and loss of faith in essential private, governmental and societal entities. We all pay a price for dishonesty and deception.

How Corrupt are We?

A report issued by Transparency International, the “Corruption Perceptions Index,” (New York Times, October 26, 2010) is cause for concern. The Berlin-based organization defines corruption as “the abuse of entrusted power for private gain.” It incorporates such problems as illegal Wall Street practices, kickbacks, private money and influence in the political process, unethical corporate behaviors, etc.

The report reveals that while we’re still perceived as more honest than most countries, the perception of our overall integrity continues to erode. In 2010 the United States is ranked number twenty-two out of 178 nations. (We are no longer in the top twenty least corrupt nations.) The U.S. ranks below countries such as: Britain, Canada, Barbados, Qatar, New Zealand, Denmark, Singapore, Germany, Norway, Hong Kong, and Chile. However, we’re still well above Russia, Iraq, the Congo, Angola, Sudan, Afghanistan and Somalia. We still rank in the top 20%, but as the survey reports nearly three-quarters of the countries in the index have “serious corruption problems.”