Monday, December 30, 2013

Corruption, open defecation – Which one is stinking more?

“Hygiene factor” is definitely a health issue not only restricted to the healthcare but to all traits of society. Normally, the happening trend in the country never used to get decided by the ground reality but by the media. Inference from the current media’s reflections is the dreamt corruption free India which is the happening thing across the country post the sworn ceremony of the youngest CM of Delhi Government.   

Well. Parking the wait and the forecasts of this brand new young CM against the corruption aside, let me share the excerpts of my instinct which put forth an interesting analogy. Corruption issue in the country is equivalent to the open defecation issue since both demand a conglomerate thought process rather a precise solution to resolve since the consequences of both have to make sense of the ‘to be implemented actions’.   No matter how much ever public toilets built by our Government across the country, still over 50% of Indian population is practising open defecation according to WHO’s (World Health Organization) recent estimate.    Both are the prime sanitary issues of the country which result in endless stinking.  

There are only two solutions possible to rule out the open defecation problem, either to build numerous quality public toilets across the country or to penalize the practisers.  The latter one undoubtedly can’t be done because most of them either don’t afford to build their own toilets or to use paid ones. How can a Government expect homeless to build a toilet for their own? Building toilets with sanitation or paid toilets make no sense in the process of culminating this serious sanitary issue of the country. If someone recommends the idea of educating the people of this country who practise open defecation must be either an NRI who visits India for a vacation or a marketer who would bring in the social responsibility issue to sell his brand to target audience but really not bothered about the issue. This issue is as equally as important as the food security one.  But, the incumbent Government thought it won’t grab as much vote banks as a spineless food security bill is expected to build.  Hence, even reduction of open defecation problem seems like an another hallucinatory action to be accomplished by the Indian Government.  
Let me connect this analogy to my thought on corruption. Languishing the spread of corruption is also an act of pipe dreaming since independence in spite of recent revolutionary Jan Lok pal bill being passed in both the parlimentary houses. Only two possible solutions are there to put period to the epidemic corruptive disease in the country with the assumption that the bribe givers won’t give up tempting the receivers.  First one is the strict action as recommended by the Jan Lok pal Bill towards the corrupt officials based on its scale. But, as the Government claims, the conditions of Jan Lok pal bill completely transfuse the genes of democracy towards autocratic rule in India which won’t be accepted by the people of this country including those who support the bill today without even reading between its lines. So, we are forced to agree that it won’t be universally acceptable or won’t executed as expected. 

Another one is, of course, a reasonably possible one. It is wise to legalize the corruption. This solution doesn’t mean literally to encourage the existing corruptive trend but to completely incentivize the existing conventional administrative system. The incumbent bureaucracy should be translated like a corporate administration system which stems on the push workforce strategy. Rather blaming the Government being corrupt, bring a change in the system of bureaucracy. In fact, this is not my personal recommendation but by Kaushik Basu, Chief Economic advisor of Ministry of Finacne in the year 2011 when the agitation was mushrooming across the country for the first time. Every year, an estimate of US$ 19 billion has been lost from Indian economy because of corruption which translates the white money to black. Even the probability of success of this proposal is also not significant enough to proceed with. Renowned economic commentator Gurucharan Das also bolsters this proposal but he puts forth the biggest lacuna in the proposal which is the protection of whistle-blowers which has to be worked on.  Hence, even this proposal becomes yet another hallucinatory plan.

Incidentally , the hygiene factor has gone for a toss in both the cases. Anyways, both the stinking issues should be considered as priority ones and fixed in the possible effective way beyond current hallucinatory measures to avoid serious economic and social degrowth rather killing time in debating which one is stinking more. 

Neither Arnab Goswami nor Karan Thapar could able to drive us towards the betterment of these issues. So, rather tuning to commercial debates, it is high time to start contemplating about the real time solutions. 

Note –  I have written this blog as a concerned citizen of this country but not as a member of AAP.

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