Graft watchdog: people believe nothing can happen without bribes

Graft watchdog: people believe nothing can happen without bribes

Srinagar: The widespread feeling among the people that a majority of public servants are corrupt has received official acknowledgement.
In its latest report, the state vigilance commission has said that be it a work as small as installation of streetlight or as big as construction of a road to a village, or emergency surgery in a government hospital, people have an impression that they have to bribe to get the work done.
“…It has been observed that people by and large have come to perceive the public servants in general as corrupt and unhelpful and that without greasing someone’s palm or buying political influence they cannot get any work done in government offices,” said the 80-page report.
“Be it lighting of the streets, a road to a village, repairs to the local school building, medicines in the Primary health centre, driving license common man’s perception is that he has to pay bribe for any of the above public services and other public works and public services,” it added.
The report said this prompted people to flood the commission with complaints, expecting their grievances would be addressed.
It showed the departments against which complaints were received, with rural development department followed by engineering department and consumer affairs and public distribution department topping the list.
The report pointed out complaints was received against police department regarding alleged false implication of people and extraction of bribe from them on the pretext of closing the cases.
In social welfare department, complainants alleged officers for misappropriation of funds meant for downtrodden sections of the society under various centrally sponsored Schemes.
The commission has suggested to the government to appreciate honest officers while devising accountability to track performance of officials.

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