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Corruption galore

According to the data from the National Crime Records Bureau, in 2008, of the 8,554 cases that came up for investigation with state anti-corruption/vigilance departments under the PCA and related IPC sections, only 268 persons were punished by the respective departments and 65 sacked. Compare that with China where in 2010, its war against corruption resulted in as many as 5,000 higher-level government officials - mostly above the county head level - being punished for corruption. Not only that, some 1,44,000 cases of corruption were investigated, leading to penalties for more than 1,46,000 lower-ranking government officials. Any surprise that we are at an abysmal 87th position in Transparency International’s ranking of the most corrupt nations? (tribuneindia.com - 20 April 2011)

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 May 2011 on page no. 9

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