Corruption Kills and my question
"A corrupt government mechanism and cynical industry have combined to make Indian roads the deadliest in the world"
April 23, 2014 - The Hindu
Forty five-year-old cardiologist Pankaj Gupta and his four-year-old daughter Liveshya have become the latest additions to India’s most heartbreaking statistic — the number of people killed in road accidents in the country. The duo were crushed by a speeding bus in Gurgaon on Monday, while young Liveshya was being escorted by her father to what would have been her first day in school.
The shocking part is not the tragedy of a young family destroyed by a reckless act, or even the needless waste of life and snuffing out of potential. The real shocker is the regularity with which such accidents happen in India. Such deaths are so commonplace in India’s cities that the media now only takes care of the particularly gruesome or shocking ones, with the others being consigned to some anonymous police record somewhere.
According to the National Crime Records Bureau, a staggering 1,39,091 died on Indian roads due to accidents — that is more than 16 people an hour, making India by far the leader in the road death charts. According to World Health Organisation statistics, the death rate per one lakh population in India on account of road accidents was 18.9 last year, making road accidents one of the country’s deadliest killers. In fact, a 2012 World Bank study estimated that the death toll due to accidents is probably in excess of 200,000 per year, including unreported, and willfully misreported mishaps.
A deadly cocktail of a corrupt governance mechanism which allows unqualified drivers and unfit vehicles on the roads, a cynical industry which games regulations and bends policymakers to avoid giving basic safety mechanisms as standard fitment on vehicles, and a colossally lackadaisical attitude to safety among users has made India the accident capital of the world. More than 15 per cent of all road accident fatalities happen in India, home to barely 1 per cent of the world vehicle population. The absence of road safety instructions and the lack of deterrent punishment have only served to perpetuate attitudes. But at the heart of the problem lies a singularly corrupt transport administration and police force, which has led to a near total lack of regulatory enforcement on road safety.
This is not the ‘no harm, no foul’ kind of corruption which can at least be tolerated. This is corruption which kills. It is time we did something about it. more
Then regarding the incompetency of the officials they are not incopetent as you think. They are capable but delay the things for bribe.Fix a time frame for every work and if the officials fail to stick to the time frame they should be taken to task. If they don't improve they should be given marching orders. There is no scarcity of competent and faithful officials in our system.
I think it is not a difficult task. more
Can you tell us how? let me take one case at a time
a) I wish to make a company. I have to first go through a CA to submit documents that
Â Â Â can be done by most of us. They ask us hefty amount of 25-30K. then additional amount
Â Â Â for their effort. I ask them break up, they can't give as most is for bribe. How can you stop CA
Â Â Â as a conduit for bribe?
b) Go to any court, it looks at your pocket. You cannot file your case yourself and has to go through
Â Â Â a lawyer. These people never give and receipt of money received. There is a nexus, they keep extending
Â Â Â dates to extract more money.
c) Get a electricity connection or registrar office, there is a dalal seating outside who fills up everything.
Â Â Â He takes money and distribute. First I fail to understand the requirement of stamp paper. We can purchase the stamp paper, type at home and get signature, it takes a few hours. But they don't want it.
Â Â They want us to give the documents, they will at night take it to a typist, next day give it to us for
signature, then to a notary and all these efforts.. all stupid.
d) Police works 12 hours as they get bride
Now how will AAP address these problems. If you stop bribe, police will say they will not work more then
8 hours, what do you do? If these dalals vanish, the people inside are incompetent idiots.
On Saturday, 26 April 2014 10:37 AM, Vinita Agrawal <email@example.com> wrote: more