Q6. Today we find that in spite of the various measures of prescribing code of conduct, setting up vigilance cells/commissions, RTI, active media and strengthening of legal mechanism, corrupt practices are not coming under control. (10 marks) (150 words)
(a) Evaluate the effectiveness of these measures with justification.
(b) Suggest more effective strategies to tackle this menace.
(a) Corruption continues in India despite many measures taken by the government. The code of conduct has substantially improved the behaviour of the officers and avoids the conflict of interest. The RTI ensures that government officers function in a transparent manner, that they are held responsible for their decisions and are accountable to the public. The vigilance cell and the anti-corruption agencies create substantial fear in the minds of the corrupt by arresting, prosecuting and punishing the corrupt officers. However, very few corrupt people get punished and these steps are not enough to control corruption.
(b) The government can adopt the following strategies for reducing corruption effectively.
a. Stricter laws for corruption
b. Time frame for enquiry and punishment
c. Simplifying the procedure for punishing or dismissing a corrupt officer
d. State funding of election to check electoral malpractice
e. Setting up more courts to expedite delivery of justice
f. Empowering the citizens to report corruption easily
g. Rewards for informers for providing information regarding corrupt officers (167 words)
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