According to a study by anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International (TI), India is the most corrupt country in Asia. The survey by TI, also said that India has a long way to go in rooting out the corruption as told by the Narendra Modi government. As per the agency, India’s bribery rate stands at 69 per cent. The survey also depicted that in five of the six public services – schools, hospitals, ID documents, police, and utility services – more than half the respondents have had to pay a bribe.
Given these figures no doubt then that everyday we keep on hearing corruption cases in the media. Recently, a similar case hogged the limelight in media due to sheer scale of wealth amassed by the government official in Rajsathan.
Rajasthan anti-corruption bureau (ACB) has arrested Sahi Ram Meena, an additional commissioner deputed in the Narcotics Control Bureau in Kota.
But when the ACB officials searched his residence they were shocked to see the documents.
During the raid, the ACB team seized documents of 82 plots and over 25 shops. Apart from this, the officials also seized papers belonging to a petrol pump owned by Ram located in heart of state capital, a flat in Mumbai, and a bungalow in Jaipur’s posh colony.
The officials also recovered Rs 2.3 crore in cash and jewellery worth Rs 6 lakh.
The ACB team raided the residence following several corruption complaints against him. As per a report in local newspaper, Meena was taking a bribe of Rs 1 lakh from a person working as a coordinator in the opium licensing process with the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). When the man resisted, Meena tried to replace him with another person.
Given the high rate of corruption among government officials, it has always been a major poll plank in the country for decades. All election winning parties have promised to eradicate corruption in both parliamentary and assembly polls. However, the surveys have repeatedly told that bribes are still the most efficient means to get work done in government offices.