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#Demonetization: Let’s celebrate Anti-Corruption day by focusing on other issues as well

Corruption is one of the most used terms in India. Be it media, politics, business, medicals, Bollywood and all the other enormous fields, Corruption is one of the most celebrated (in a negative manner) term which gathers all the attention.
The reason, everyone is a part of this tragedy some are the victims, while others are the predators, but regardless of anything, all seem to be quite fed up that.
When talking about corruption, how could we forget the flavor of news nowadays which is ‘Demonetization’!
Everyone is busy analyzing, reviewing, criticizing and praising the move by our CM while standing in the long queues of ATMs. But let’s give a thought to this, is corruption just limited to this demonetization? Is it all about the circulation of black money?

Each year, on Dec. 9, the world marks International Anti-Corruption Day. We treat this not only as a means to raise awareness, but also as an opportunity to showcase innovative ways that people and organizations can work together to counter this scourge.

Just visit wikipedia once and type ‘Corruption India’ and you’ll get to know some of the most well know yet aching truths of the society you are in. A study conducted by the Transparency International in 2005 shows that more than 62% of Indians had a first hand experience of paying bribes or influence peddling to get jobs done in public offices successfully.In a study conducted in 2008, Transparency International reports that about 40% of Indians had first hand experience of paying bribes or using contacts to get jobs done in public offices.

In 2015, India was ranked 76th out of 168 countries in Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index, compared to its neighbours Bhutan (27th), Bangladesh (139th), Myanmar (156th), China (83rd), Nepal (130th), Pakistan (117th) and Sri Lanka (83rd).The largest contributors to the corruption are entitlement programmes and social spending schemes enacted by the Indian government. Examples include Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act and National Rural Health Mission.Other sources of corruption include India’s trucking industry which is forced to pay billions of rupees in bribes annually to numerous regulatory and police stops on its interstate highway.

Corruption affects each and every one of us: our healthcare suffers when funds for medical equipment are stolen; our education systems are hit when school budgets are illegally siphoned off; and our political institutions are undermined when bribes are paid and kickbacks sought.

The transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, to which the world committed last year, has put efforts to fight corruption in context and has given us a new perspective. Preventing and fighting corruption is an essential investment to the infrastructure that we need to put in place to achieve the 2030 Agenda. Our challenge is to create and sustain effective, transparent and accountable institutions at all levels.

The task that we have ahead of us therefore is to develop a new norm — one where corruption is not seen as part of life, or as a part of doing business, or where impunity is accepted.

By: Swapnil Mishra

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