What is wrong? What should be done?

Is more laws the solution to the corruption menace?

Today, early in the morning I received an email from Jago party declaring their support for the People’s Law of Corruption. Even the government is thinking of establishing newer laws. Is this what is required? Is this the solution to the problem of corruption plaguing our country?

According to me, establishing more laws and stricter laws will increase corruption rather than reducing it. Establishing proper laws is a must but doing so in isolation of a strong implementation and accountability mechanism would be counter productive. For instance, Rahat was caught with 1.25 lakh dollars but was let off. There is a law already existing to take care of such an offense. But the law was not implemented. Minister Sukh Ram was caught with crores of ruppes in his house and it took 20 years to prosecute him. Manu Sharma murdered Jessica Lal but we all know what happened. In the Banda rape case, the victim was pur behind bars and not the culprit. Police even refused to lodge an FIR. The max punishment that the cops received in this case was suspension. The rich, powerful, politicians and the corrupt commit murder and get away with it.

You ask any lawyer and he will tell you that laws exist but nobody implements them. Creating laws without implementation mechanism will increase corruption not reduce it. For instance, if you increase the fine for jumping the red light from Rs. 100 to Rs. 1000, the bribe amount will go up from Rs. 25 to Rs. 500. So not only think of laws but how about implementation and accountability.

avinash narula

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S.P. ManchandaFebruary 16th, 2011 at 11:19 pm

There is already a law (RTI Act) to get information/inspection on government works and to ask higher ups who is the official responsible and why complaints are not attended. Why not the people use that tool and make the government/employee accountable.

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ShubhaangApril 26th, 2011 at 6:18 am

Hi Avinash, I really like your blog. Personally I think that the poor moral values of the society are the main cause of corruption in India and the number of laws do not really matter for corruption is always undercover, and laws can only be invoked once corruption comes to light. I’ve written about it in my blog at http://reviveindia.in/. Do have a look and comment.

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