Corruption in India is an ugly truth. Everybody sees it in practice in day to day life, but what’s shocking is that a common man can do nothing about it.
In a shameful incident in Tamil Nadu, a 15-year-old boy begged on the streets of M Kunnathur near Ulundurpet for money to bribe an official to sanction funds for his father’s funeral.
45-year-old Kolanji of M Kunnathoor village in Villupuram district had died in February last year. Born in to a poor family, Kolangi had to do odd jobs to earn a living. When Kolangi died, his family had petitioned the officials for assistance of Rs 12,500 earmarked for kin of deceased, who happened to be the sole breadwinner of the family.
His son Ajit had to wait for a year-and-a-half for his turn to collect a state compensation under farmers’ social security scheme.
However, the village administrative officer allegedly asked Ajit for a bribe of Rs 3,000 for issuing the cheque.
Unable to arrange for the money despite asking family and friends, Ajit put up a banner showing the cause for which he was begging. He then began canvassing bus passengers and motorists for funds.
A video and photographs of the young boy begging inside buses soon went viral.
The banner, written in Tamil, reads that he is in no position to repay the money borrowed for his father’s last rites and he has been asked to pay Rs 3,000 as bribe by the M. Kunnathoor village administrative officer to get the Rs 12,500 that his family was entitled to get.
The officer, VAO Subramanian, has been relieved from his post pending inquiry by the Revenue Division Officer Senthamarai. An embarrassed district administration ordered a probe.
Clearly, the incident is an eye opener about a system filled with corruption and manipulation for its own purposes.