A warm greeting and a good afternoon to my colleagues and students!
I will address my view on corruption in today’s speech, particularly political corruption. The political elites and people ruling the government sectors have always dictated policies since the formation of our country. Despite being called a democracy, anyone who comes to power tries to use its power for personal gain. The common people, as always, are left in a state of destitution.
As responsible citizens of our country, we should realize this corruption inflicts damage on our nation’s economic performance like a termite and leads to crime in our society. The crime rate will not decrease if the majority of our society continues to live in poverty and deprivation and is unable to find work. We must address poverty and fight it to assist our country’s holistic growth. Poverty will destroy morals and ethics, resulting in hatred among our people.
No matter where such people are located in the political system of our country or out of it, the parliament should pass strict laws against anti-social elements of our society. Everyone should receive equal treatment.
There could be countless causes behind corruption if one were to think about it and evaluate it. The biggest reason for the spread of corruption, however, I believe, is the people’s irresponsible attitude toward the governmental laws and the government’s inertia towards those who spread evil in society.
It seems that the very people who are meant to put an end to corruption are themselves complicit in the crime and have encouraged it. Although it has numerous strict laws like the Prevention of Money Laundering Act; Indian Penal Code of 1860 and the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988; to name a few, they are not implemented seriously.
The lack of transparency within the bureaucracy and government also contributes to corruption. Government institutions show moral laxity in particular and brush serious issues under the carpet. Money that ought to be used for the uplift of the poor is taken by politicians themselves. The worst part is that without affluence people who cannot bribe the people in power cannot get their work done, so their files end up falling to dust instead of stimulating action. Any country’s economy would come crashing down when corrupt officials hold the reins, no matter how prosperous it is.
We need to be vigilant and take proactive measures to combat corruption and ensure that it is eradicated from our society.