Sunday, 7 April 2013

Education, Health, Defense, Food Grains - Most corrupt sectors in India !

Few years back, Outlook Magazine had published a cover story titled - Health/Medical Sector in India is the most corrupt, accounts for almost 25% corruption in the country. 

Since I am related to education field now, I feel that education sector is fast catching with the health sector in the percentage of corruption it accounts for in the country. 

Third and less talked about is adulteration in edibles let it be milk and milk products, excessive use of pesticides and fertilizers, use of life- threatening injections and powders on food grains, vegetables and fruits to get much higher produce than normal by putting much lesser efforts.

Such practices are responsible for large increase in number of patients with life- threatening diseases like Cancer, Kidney Failures, Liver infections, etc.

And the worst part is, in country like India, you dont have any laboratories where you can take the sample of a fruit or vegetable and get it tested for the amount of such harmful ingredients in it.

Fourth and equally important as the above three is the Defense Sector. Corruption rules the roost, let it be the case of procuring latest weapons, planes, helicopters at the international level. Within the country, there is corruption in every thing related to India's armed forces, let it be in case of procuring food items, medicines, vehicles, equipment and it has penetrated even upto the levels where soldiers sell petrol and diesel supplied for their vehicles and to keep them warm in high altitude places like Leh Ladakh. 

Corrupt offers like Gen Deepak Kapoor were promoted as Chief of Army Staff and when a thoroughly honest man like Lt. Gen. Panag took over Northern Command, which was under Gen Kapoor before him, and initiated inquiries in many cases of purchase/ procurement, he was immediately shifted to Central Command.

 In Jammu & Kashmir, all blames are put on Omar Abdullah, his party and other local parties like Mufti's PDP but if we watch closely, its the Congress or the BJP who are the real culprits and they have played the dirty game whenever they got a chance.

At present, from past few years of the Omar led Govt, it is the Congress which holds important portfolios of Health & Education and both have been ruined to such a state that they never had been. 

There has been loot in the education sector, especially in courses like B.ed and ETT. Corrupt officers are encouraged and promoted as Chairman, Secretary of J&K Board of School Education and likewise in Jammu University. Students sit at their homes in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and come once in an year to appear for exams for the above mentioned courses. You just need to pay Rs.1000 (USD 20) per subject and write exams with books open infront of you. From top to bottom, all are corrupt. Responsibility lies on us also, the citizens of the country. We dont question ourselves that of what use, such a degree or diploma is of for us? Do we gain any knowledge out of such a course? 

But again, corruption comes into play in the home state of these students where they show these degrees and get a Government Job, not depending upon how much they know but on how much they can pay. 

What will be the future of a country where such candidates will be appointed as teachers, to teach students upto Class 10th or 12th, when they themselves are not worth to be graduates?

Now Congress' Deputy CM Tara Chand holds education portfolio. ETT Colleges owners had to sit in the J&K State Board, Jammu premises for almost 1 month, just to compel him and get only a commitment that the long pending exams of 24,000 students enrolled in ETT course from past 3-4 years will finally be conducted now.

Every citizen of Jammu & Kashmir is involved in Power Theft. Very few pay exact bills for using AC and in most cases, if they use 2-3 AC in a single home, they pay bill for one of them only. Biggest Power Thieves are the Politicians & Bureaucrats, they Lead by Example.

What more and worst proofs does the government need to act? 

Our politicians are shameless to the core and to a large extent, we all are the same and are responsible for this abysmal situation in our country. First, we vote based to caste, creed, religion and party, without weighing the credibility of the candidates and secondly, we are too eager to get involved in corrupt practices to find easy way out of every problem.

If we dont keep a person as maid or butler at home unless we are 100% sure that he/she is worth trusting, how can we hand over the authority of deciding our future to such corrupt & criminals?

Can we be intelligent enough to project one honest man/woman in our respective localities as our candidate for next elections and then extend complete support to him/her? Its high time that we should wake up, think wisely and act. There is hardly anything more left for us to wait and watch.

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