As it passes its 20th birthday, Transparency International is looking to make a bigger impact on corruption
Thanks in great part to the efforts of Transparency International, bribery today is illegal almost everywhere in the world – and yet it is not possible to say we live in a time of reduced corruption.
This undeniable failing propelled TI to take stock of itself at a one-day conference convened to mark its 20th anniversary. And while there are no official announcements of changes, TI seems to be an organisation in development.
The naming and shaming of countries where corruption is a problem, through the flagship Corruption Perceptions Index, will continue. But there is also a growing effort to work more directly with citizens fighting corruption at an individual, bottom-up level.
The locus is a network of 60 advocacy and legal advice centres quietly established over the past few years to provide help to people caught in the web of pervasive corruption. Increasingly these centres are serving to bring like-minded people…
The Uttar Pradesh government has for the first time advertised to fill up the posts for information commissioners (ICs) and imposed a fee of Rs 2,000 to ward off frivolous applicants. The state has eight vacant posts of information commissioners.
The government feels that the fee would discourage fresh graduates, engineering and medical passouts from applying as the minimum qualification is graduation. Senior officials in the administrative reforms department (ARD) said initially Rs 10,000 was proposed but it was later fixed as Rs 2,000. “This is to discourage graduates from applying. Had there been no fee, we would have received lakhs of applications,” said principal secretary, ARD, Prabhat Kumar Sarangi.
Here this question arises that despite this why irksome delay is being made by state functionaries in the appointment of information commissioners in the state. Backlog of pending cases are increasing day by day but the Government of state instead of taking solid action only procrastinating on this issue. This is signal of anarchy in the state as prescribed set up norm don’t support such longer delay. Initially bureaucrats of state took the recourse pending litigation in regard to appointment of I.Cs. And C.I.Cs. in the apex court but now they are showing they are carrying on entire state into a ditch. O God help us in escaping from the clutches of corrupt executives ,bureaucrats and judicial members. Please take a glance of these links – http://yogimpsingh.blogspot.com/2013/07/eight-posts-of-information.html