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            Corruption may be defined as an act of bribery or misuse of public position or power for the fulfillment of selfish motives or to gain personal gratification. It has also been defined as “Misuse of authority as a result of consideration of personal gain which need not be monetary”.

            In recent century India has earned a place among the THREE most corrupt countries in the world. Corruption in India is a consequence of the nexus between bureaucracy, politics and criminals. India is now no longer considered a soft state.

            Corruption is a social evil. Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Corruption is today a world-wide phenomenon. In our own country some people in high positions have been charged for it. A corrupt person is termed immoral, dishonest and unscrupulous in his dealings.

                        One would say the corruption in India has an ancient lineage; it is sanctified by tradition. The author of the Arthashastra make some remarks on government official of his time which are relevant even today: “Just as it is impossible not to taste the honey or the poison that finds itself at the tip of the tongue, so it is impossible for a government servant not to eat up at least a bit of the king’s revenue

            Corruption starts at the top and percolates down to the whole society.       Most recently Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh is very agonising. Is it possible to contain corruption in our society? Corruption is a cancer, which every Indian must strive to cure. Many new leaders when come into power declare their determination to eradicate corruption but soon they themselves become corrupt and starts amassing huge wealth.

            It is not possible to kill or remove the corruption by improving the social-economic conditions of the people, because we all know that the most of the people who are corrupted are not economically or socially backward, or with a notable social status

            The following steps should be considered to eradicate corruption:
·       In many offices of the government sector, the work load has gone up drastically but the recruitment of vacancies has declined. These give an option for delaying the work by officials and expect monetary benefits for faster complexion.

·       Law to dismiss from service if found to be involved in corruption must be enforced strictly.
·       In every ATM there are cameras to keep a watch on the public taking their money. Then why not government offices have cameras to have a watch on the employee’s performance. Many of them openly take bribe in presence of common men. This public bribery is due to confidence that public wants their work more than the amount they are paying to them as bribes.
·       There should be accountability of daily work done is government works and targets to complete the works on time basis. Or else instead of being public servants, they tend to act as public bosses.

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