New Study Reveals Corruption Increased in Modi Govt

Narendra Modi. Photo: PIB
Narendra Modi. Photo: PIB

Less than one-third feel that the Union Government or Modi Government is committed towards reducing corruption in public services.

By Rakesh Raman

A new study reveals that corruption has increased considerably under the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

CMS-India Corruption Study (CMS-ICS) 2018 claims that it has covered both rural and urban locations of 13 states and 11 public services.

According to the study, 75 percent households have the perception that the level of corruption in public services has either increased or remained same during the last 12 months.

It adds that 27 percent households experienced corruption at least once while availing any one of the 11 public services covered in CMS-ICS 2018.

It also reveals that people’s perception about Union (Modi) Government’s commitment to reduce corruption in public services has seen a decline from 41% in 2017 to 31% in 2018.

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Less than one-third feel that the Union Government or Modi Government, as it is known, is committed towards reducing corruption in public services.

Another 38% feel that Modi government is not much committed while a little more than 25% feel that the government is not at all committed in reducing corruption, according to the study.

Vacant Lokayukta’s (Ombudsman) position at the national level after being in power for about 4 years, or recent cases of non-performing assets (NPAs) in banking sector (infamous cases of Vijay Mallaya and Nirav Modi), could be the factors contributing in building people’s perception that government at the national level is not committed to reducing corruption.

Compared to previous year (2017), in 2018 round, the percentage who feel Union government is committed to reduce corruption (31%), should be a matter of concern for the Modi-led government, the study suggests. In 2017, the percentage of such population was more than 40 percent, it reveals.

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Banana Republic

The sorry plight of Indians indicates that India has already become a politically unstable banana republic with rampant lawlessness, corruption, and exploitation of the ordinary citizens.

Bureaucratic and political corruption has become pain in the neck for commoners in India. A new “Freedom in the World 2017” report – released by Freedom House, a Washington-based independent watchdog organization – highlights rampant political and bureaucratic corruption in India. It reveals that corruption has a negative effect on government efficiency and economic performance.

“Though politicians and civil servants at all levels are regularly caught accepting bribes or engaging in other corrupt behavior, a great deal of corruption goes unnoticed and unpunished,” the report said in its findings.

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Similarly, global anti-corruption organization Transparency International has lowered India’s rank from last year’s position of 79 to 81 this year. According to the Transparency data, India with a poor score of 40 is more corrupt than countries such as China, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Mauritius.

If the situation is not controlled immediately, it is expected that soon international sanctions will be imposed on India because of Modi government’s failure to stop increasing crime and corruption.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a national award-winning journalist and social activist. He is the founder of a humanitarian organization RMN Foundation which is working in diverse areas to help the disadvantaged and distressed people in the society.

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