How business corruption became a norm in India
Before leaving, the officer asked for Rs. 5000. The owner asked what for. Officer said I am transferred & we won't meet again, so treat it as a goodbye gift. The owner said NO. If there is no work done, why should I pay? (this owner was OK to bribe but only if there was some work to be done. Most industry owners apply this convenient integrity principle because "Kya karein, dhanda karna hain") The officer went back empty-handed. Two days later, the business owner received a demand letter of 5 Lakhs from Excise Dept.
The owner waited until the officer's transfer & then met the new officer. Looks like the new officer was told about the incident during the handover. He too stood up for the honour of the department & dared the businessman to go legal. So he went to tribunal. But the law mandates payment of the demand amount to govt. before filing the case. This person had to deposit 5 lakhs & then proceed with the legal route. The Tribunal favoured the department & this businessman had to take the case to High Court. Finally, after 4 years of struggle, he got a favourable verdict. But then the bureaucracy made it difficult to get the refund. That took another 9 months. Finally, a new upright lady officer got transferred to that office & she promised him the refund in one week. But the office staff there continued his harassment & didn't make the payment. Seeing this businessman in her office even after one month, the lady officer called him & asked why was he there. "No refund yet," this guy said. The lady officer called her staff members & gave them a dress-down. This businessman got the cheque in the next 1-hour.
A refusal to pay Rs. 5000 cost the man hugely. The interest on 5 Lakhs (Govt doesn't pay you interest), the lawyers' fees & his own productive time lost in this battle. This is how corruption became a norm.
We all treated such payments as the small cost of doing business in India.
The question now for all of you is what has changed in one decade and what is still needing change.
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