Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Apr 2018 12:17:51


IN ITS annual report submitted to the Parliament, the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has brought to fore some heartening facts on the state of corruption in Government offices. Though the CVC has marked public sector banks and Railways as among the most corrupt departments of the Government, the data it has culled from 2011 to 2014 shows that there is a marked decline in the incidence of corruption in Government offices. That is the period when there was a countrywide concern over the level of corruption. The CVC then goes on to relate this period with that from 2014 to 2017 which has a heartening feature of marked decline in graft in Government offices. This is a clear indication that the measures that the Bharatiya Janata Party-led (BJP) Government took to root out bureaucratic corruption and red-tapism have begun to bear fruits. That some departments still continue to be problem areas is understandable as far as corruption is concerned. But a four-year period is too short to accomplish such gigantic task which has got entrenched in the system.


THERE is nothing more distressing than losing tender lives in road mishaps caused by human faults. The news of the death of 27 school children, all below the age of 10 years, in Himachal Pradesh, is not only immensely painful but also bares open the society and administration’s failure to adhere to basic road safety norms. Prima facie the cause of the mishap was the school bus driver’s loss of control over the steering. A thorough probe will find out the exact reason behind the mishap but that would only add to the detail and not address the root cause. Despite strong measures suggested by various experts, road safety is still heavily compromised in India, partly due to faulty implementation of policies and largely due to vehicle users’ recklessness. Minister for Surface Transport Mr. Nitin Gadkari has been highlighting the issue of careless driving and calling automobile manufacturers to devise means to curb mishaps. Proactive measures like speed regulators in vehicles is one such step. But responsible driving still remains the primary and simple solution to save lives.