Thirty-two year old Goverdhan Singh has paid a heavy price for running a campaign against corruption in his native district of Bikaner.
A 100 Right to Information (RTI) applications filed by him exposed corruption in banks and government departments, but things got uncomfortable for Goverdhan when he asked questions about the properties and assets of police personnel. Overnight there were nine FIRs lodged against him.
"As soon as I filed an RTI application against the police, they started putting cases against me, so that I stop my activism," said Goverdhan.
The police also raided his house, seized his car and locked his office. Goverdhan's family members say they are being constantly harassed.
"The police threaten us. They say they will kill my son in an encounter," says Goverdhan's wife.
The People's Union for Civil Liberties investigated the matter and came back with a report of extreme police high-handedness, forcing the government to transfer the Bikaner SP. But surprisingly, even now the role of the police is being investigated by the police themselves.
"Initially the local police station was probing the case, now it will be probed by a Deputy SP," said Bikaner SP, Habib Khan Goran.
Goverdhan is now on the run. He is absconding because he's not sure if he will ever get out of jail if the police catch him. He has also approached the Human Rights Commission.
This issue is not just about one man's RTI activism, but more importantly about whether citizens have the right to ask questions under RTI, even if those questions don't suit the establishment.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
Dr Chandra: I am a god-fearing man. Your daughter is like my daughter. I won't keep your money if I cannot deliver.
On being asked if our 'ward' needed to prepare for the entrance test.
Dr Chandra: Tell her to give her exams as usual. We will talk to the Deputy Controller or the Assistant Controller. He will feed in the computer system.
Dr Chandra: He does it himself.
Dr Chandra: There will be a lot of mistakes. He does not take the first sheet because it is filled by the child. The original sheet is switched with another solved sheet. Nobody gets to know.
Corruption in India:-
Removing it completely is no more than dreaming in day but yeah we can do our part , so let's do it friends ... I need your support to curb this social evil.
What I mean to say is common person is most suffered . We(aam aadmi) believe that there should be less corruption when we are on the giving end but yeah when we are on receiving end we want more and more opportunities to avail this curse .
And yeah it is everywhere ....every department ....every office ...every place...
from education side
we see that it has become a business
top class (upper class) set of the country believe that yeah everything can be purchased with money. This surely has caused people involved in this department have this idea of lucrative money which indeed is a trend in most of the private colleges openly and in govt. colleges under the desk.
Yes we are unable to produce good students where on earth are we dreaming of developing India.
It is not only department in India but yeah corruption in it surely hampers development to the greatest extent here are some few examples which became famous for enlightening this well known truth publically .
Case Study: Muder of S.K.Dubey, Dy.G.M.,
National Highways Authority of India (NHAI)
Location : Koderma in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand
Project : National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) Highways Project
Year : November, 2003
•S.K.Dubey 30 year old engineer posted at Koderma to supervise the construction of the
180-km highway under the NHAI’s “Golden Quadrilateral” project.
•Detects a number of mal practices in the highways construction project and tries to
approach his senior organizational officials, does not get the desired response.
•On 11, November, 2002 Dubey, writes to the Prime Minister of India highlighting several
instances of ‘‘loot of public money’’ and ‘‘poor implementation.’’ He requests anonymity
but fearing his complaint may not be disregarded lightly he gives his full identity in his
•But tragically the confidentiality of Dubey’s letter and the identity of the ‘whistle blower’
were both violated as Dubey’s letter was passed down from file to file through the
•In the early hours of 27 November 2003, S.K. Dubey is shot and killed by unidentified
Dubey’s key complaints included:
• Tenders are called for on the basis of Detail Project Reports (DPR) by design
consultants which are are badly prepared and are unreliable.
• Process of procurement ‘‘completely manipulated and hijacked’’ by the big
contractors ; forged documents are submitted to justify technical and financial
• NHAI officials are in league with big contractors and internal NHAI decisions
• Nearly 10% of contract value is paid as ‘Mobilisation Advance’ to selected
contractors within a few weeks of award of work, for which the NHAI officials
receive illegal gratification or “commissions”. No follow-up to ensure the actual
utilisation of such advances.
• Practice of subletting of contracts or sub-contracting to small petty unqualified
contractors fails to ensure the requisite quality of construction.
•Satyendra Dubey’s death and the public outrage, it generated, has led to many
fundamental changes in the whole approach to corruption reporting and administrative
•The National Media highlighted the brave young engineer’s fight against corruption in
the face of an unresponsive and insensitive bureaucratic administration.
•The Government has framed the draft Whistleblowers Act, formally called The Public Interest Disclosure (Protection of Informers) Bill
Ø Final approval from the Parliament of India is pending,
Ø Supreme Court of India has issued directions to Government to start the process.
Ø Central Vigilance Commission designated as the competent agency
Ø Complaints or disclosure on any allegation of corruption or of mis-use of office by any employee of the Government can be received.
Ø Central government, Central corporations, Government companies, societies or local authorities and Non Governmental Organizations (NGO) are covered.
While the war against corruption has to be fought globally ,the battles are to be fought locally.
Individual citizens, the small groups in remote villages, the NGOs and other concerned citizen’s groups, large and small corporates, individual public and private organizations, local governments, national governments, international bodies all have to fight against this malaise in their respective spheres of activity.
Specific Action Plans to fight corruption locally and globally
The broad principles of the fight against corruption are well recognized but their impact is diluted in the translation into action at the local level. Specific plans of action to combat corruption to be worked out for local action, keeping in mind the existent circumstances and conditions
Apart from these the following measures are necessary to fight a successful war against corruption in India
•Creation of an Ombudsman at the National and State levels
•Strengthening Local governments
•Strengthening the independent and decentralized nature of vigilance departments
•Fast track judicial courts
Thursday, May 27, 2010
This is so shocking…….wish black money deposits was an Olympics
event….India would have won a gold medal hands down. The second best
Russia has 4 times lesser deposit. US is not even there in the
counting in top five !! India has more money in swiss banks than all
the other countries
Recently, due to international pressure, Swiss govt. agreed to
disclose the names of the account holders only if the respective govts
formally asked for it. Indian govt. is not asking for the details…….no
marks for guessingwhy ????
We need to start a movement to pressurise the govt. to do so !! this
is perhaps the only way, and a golden opportunity, to expose the high
and mighty and weed out corruption !!
Is India poor, who says? Ask Swiss banks With personal account deposit
bank of $1500 billion in foreign reserve which have been
misappropriated, an amount 13 times larger than the country’s foreign
debt, one needs to rethink if India is a poor country?.
DISHONEST INDUSTRIALISTS, scandalous politicians and corrupt IAS, IRS,
IPS officers have deposited in foreign banks in their illegal personal
accounts a sum of about $ 1500 billion, which have been
misappropriated by them.
This amount is about 13 times larger than the country’s foreign debt.
With this amount 45 crore poor people can get Rs 1,00,000 each. This
huge amount has been appropriated from the people of India by
exploiting and betraying
Once this huge amount of black money and property comes back to
India , the entire foreign debt can be repaid in 24 hours. After
paying the entire foreign debt, we will have surplus amount, almost 12
times larger than the foreign debt. If this surplus amount is invested
in earning interest, the amount of interest will be more than the
annual budget of the Central government. So even if all the taxes are
abolished, then also the Central government will be able to maintain
the country very comfortably.
Some 80,000 people travel to Switzerland every year, of whom 25,000
travel very frequently.
“Obviously, these people won’t be tourists. They must be travelling
there for some other reason,” believes an official involved in
tracking illegal money. And, clearly, he isn’t referring to the
commerce ministry bureaucrats who’ve been flitting in and out of
Geneva ever since the World Trade Organisation (WTO) negotiations went
into a tailspin!
Just read the following details and note how thesedishonest
industrialists, scandalous politicians, corrupt officers, cricketers,
film actors, illegal sex trade and protected wildlife operators, to
name just a few, sucked this country’s wealth and prosperity. This may
be the picture of deposits in Swiss banks only. What about other
Black money in Swiss banks — Swiss Banking Association report, 2006
details bank deposits in the territory of Switzerland by nationals of
India—- $1,456 billion
Russia —$ 470 billion
UK ——-$390 billion
Ukraine - $100 billion
China —–$ 96 billion
Now do the maths - India with $1456 billion or $1.4 trillion has more
money in Swiss banks than rest of the world combined. Public loot
Can we bring back our money? It is one of the biggest loots witnessed
by mankind — the loot of the Aam Aadmi (common man) since 1947, by his
brethren occupying public office. It has been orchestrated by
politicians, bureaucrats and some businessmen.
The list is almost all-encompassing. No wonder, everyone in India
loots with impunity and without any fear.
What is even more depressing in that this ill-gotten wealth of ours
has been stashed away abroad into secret bank accounts located in some
of the world’s best known tax havens. And to that extent the Indian
economy has been stripped of its wealth.
Ordinary Indians may not be exactly aware of how such secret accounts
operate and what are the rules and regulations that go on to govern
such tax havens. However, one may well be aware of ‘Swiss bank
accounts,’ the shorthand for murky dealings, secrecy and of course
pilferage from developing countries into rich developed ones.
In fact, some finance experts and economists believe tax havens to be
a conspiracy of the western world against the poor countries. By
allowing the proliferation of tax havens in the twentieth century, the
western world explicitly encourages the movement of scarce capital
from the developing countries to the rich.
In March 2005, the Tax Justice Network (TJN) published a research
finding demonstrating that $11.5 trillion of personal wealth was held
offshore by rich individuals across the globe.
The findings estimated that a large proportion of this wealth was
managed from some 70 tax havens.
Further,augmenting these studies of TJN, Raymond Baker — in his widely
celebrated book titled ‘Capitalism’ s Achilles Heel: Dirty Money and
How to Renew the Free Market System’ — estimates that at least $5
trillion have been shifted out of poorer countries to the West since
It is further estimated by experts that one per cent of the world’s
population holds more than 57 per cent of total global wealth, routing
it invariably through these tax havens. How much of this is from India
is anybody’s guess.
What is to be noted here is that most of the wealth of Indians parked
in these tax havens is illegitimate money acquired through corrupt
Naturally, the secrecy associated with the bank accounts in such
places is central to the issue, not their low tax rates as the term
‘tax havens’ suggests. Remember Bofors and how India could not trace
the ultimate beneficiary of those transactions because of the secrecy
associated with these bank accounts.
- The Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) table shows a country's ranking and score, the number of surveys used to determine the score, and the confidence range of the scoring.
- The rank shows how one country compares to others included in the index. The CPI score indicates the perceived level of public-sector corruption in a country/territory.
- The CPI is based on 13 independent surveys. However, not all surveys include all countries. The surveys used column indicates how many surveys were relied upon to determine the score for that country.
- The confidence range indicates the reliability of the CPI scores and tells us that allowing for a margin of error, we can be 90% confident that the true score for this country lies within this range.
- but here in india its only not that people are willing to accept or ask bribe..... it is even that people here are willing to pay bribe to have their work done smoothly and fastly..
- Here in this country we see corruption from toe of any deptt. to its head...
- Here is the pic which clearly shows where this country is being led by the politicians.....
- the ugliest moment in politics of Indian "cash for vote" on the day of trust of vote