Corruption – A sinful act

The above table shows the Corruption Ranking of around 179 Countries surveyed for Corruption and Democracy during 2007 in World Democracy Audit. India ranks 57 in the World Corruption. The following questions highlight on the Evil Effects of corruption and make the citizens to understand their duties to eliminate Corruption completely.

Where does majority of the corruption occur?

        Most of the corruption is seen among clerical Public Servants; From Politicians to Peons; From Inspector General of Police(IG) to Constables; From License agents to Clerks; From Income Tax officers to Business Men; Also includes Sales Tax Officers, Regional Transport Offices, etc

What is the root cause of corruption?

    Corruption as a phenomenon is a result of a society, where there is a big gap between the rich and the poor. In India, some can afford private schools, luxury cars, leisure and travel while some cannot even afford the basic necessities of shelter, food and clothing.

Why are some countries more corrupt than others?

Let’s analyze this question with an example.

  • A constable (lowest cadre in the police) is paid a monthly salary in a range of Rs 3120(USD 78) – Rs 5160(USD 129) in Himachal Pradesh.
  • The state of Maharashtra pays its constable a monthly salary of Rs 3,200(80 USD)-4,900(USD 122) with a special pay of Rs 500(USD 12).

    The biggest hurdle here is that, can the Constable getting a salary of this range afford his family with whatever needs, food and shelter? The answer is very evident.

Why Government Employees are Paid less?

    The pay scale of the government employees has a direct relation to the amount of tax revenues earned by the government. A bulk of these tax revenues comes from corporate taxes and personal income tax. In a nation of 1 billion people, only 35 million Indians pay income tax. (It comes to 3.5 percent of the total Indians paying tax).However, the government is responsible to support the large section of the poor by offering them subsidies for health, education, gas etc.

How does economic status of countries influence their corruption rankings?

    The Economic boom is inversely proportional to the rate of increase in corruption. If the Economic status of a country increases, it results in the increase of income for ordinary citizen and more people would fall under the tax bracket and increases the tax revenue for the government resulting in higher salary for Government employees thereby reducing Corruption.

    So More the Economic Boom -> Lesser the Corruption.

    The question still unanswered for you people reading this page to think:

    Why are we hesitant to pay the tax to government? Why are we hesitant to contribute to the development of the country?

    We should always remember, the more we are deterrent to pay taxes, the more we will end up paying bribe to the government officials.

Consequences of the above Scenario :

  • In Most of the countries, it is the case that for doing something outside someone’s jurisdiction, Officials are bribed, but in India for Officials to do their duty, they are bribed.
  • It affects people in every thing in their day to day life, right from getting admission to Schools, Universities, to get License, even for Voter’s ID, Passport, Ration Cards and up-till getting relieved in a highway when caught by a traffic constable.
  • The Corruption has various other effects also, like slowing up of the economy, Inflation, Losing Trust of Domestic and Foreign Investors.