IIM-Ahmedabad chosen by AP govt to help curb corruption

Amaravati, Nov 17 (PTI) The Indian Institute ofManagement-Ahmedabad (IIM-A) has been roped in by the AndhraPradesh government to help it curb corruption in the stateadministration, a top bureaucrat has said.

The institute would study the structural issues in thegovernment departments in relation to corruption and come outwith measures to tackle them, the official told PTI.

The focus would mainly be on government departmentsthat have earned alleged notoriety for corruption.

Departments like revenue, police, municipal administration andregistration have become synonymous with corruption.

'The IIM-A would help us identify the structuralissues in mandal revenue offices, registration offices, town-planning wing in civic bodies and also the police that areleading to corruption. Based on the inputs, the governmentwill initiate corrective action to eliminate corruption,' theofficial said.

Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, who has beenfocussing on eliminating graft since he took over the reins inthe state, has recently said at a high-level review meetinghere that the fight against corruption should be takenaggressively.

He had announced that the AP Anti-Corruption Bureauwould be deployed in full force across the state in the nextcouple of weeks to try and stem corruption at all levels.

Engaging the services of a prestigious institutionlike the IIM in this endeavour, officials said, only denotedthe seriousness of the government in trying to eliminategraft.

Officials, however, point out that there are severalareas of concern within the administration that first need tobe addressed.

'Sanction for prosecution (of a corrupt official) isa major concern. In many a case, action against corruptofficials is dropped due to lack of sanction for prosecution(by the higher authorities), a high-ranking IPS officer, whoworked in the ACB, said.

'In IPC cases like rape or murder, you dont requireany special sanction for prosecution. This should apply to thePrevention of Corruption Act as well, he added.

Pointing to the 'great dichotomy,' the officialcited the case of a village revenue officer (VRO) caughtaccepting a bribe of Rs 200 in 1994.

The lowly-ranked VRO is still battling his case inthe Supreme Court whereas a senior officer caught in a multi-crore rupee corruption case has gone scot-free only becausehis superior authorities did not permit his prosecution.

This is a clear travesty of justice, the IPS officersaid.

While the IIM-A team may factor in all such aspects,the government, on its part, is said to be working on relatedissues like primarily reducing citizen-official interface ingovernment offices, using information technology-basedsystems, curtailing discretionary power and arbitrariness ofbureaucrats and publishing the names of the corrupt on publicwebsites.

'Such measures will help curb graft but a drasticmeasure like making the risk of corruption much higher thaninstant gratification holds the key, the senior bureaucratsaid.

It was expected that the government may suitablyamend the PC Act, based on the IIM-A report, for a completecrackdown on corruption. PTI DBVNVG NVG