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Saturday, 29 September 2018

Gutkha Scam and The Corrupt Administration

Gutkha and unethical public servant

Gutkha (form of tobacco)
Gutkha is a preparation of crushed areca nut, tobacco, catechu paraffin wax, slaked lime and sweet savoury flavouring. 

It is manufacturered in India and exported to a few other countries. It sold across south Asia in small, individual -sized packets in cheap cost of price. Gutkha consumed by placing a pinch of it between the gum and cheek and gently sucking and chewing.

It is considered responsible for oral cancer and other severe negative health effect. Excessive gutkha use can eventually lead to loss of appetite, promote unusual sleep patterns and loss of concentration along with other tobacco- related problem .it is highly addictive and a known carcinogen, gutkha is the subject of much controversy in India. Many states have south to curb its immense popularity bit taxing sales of gutkha heavily or banning it.

After banning in several states there is a huge scam have been exposed in India. Several high official and state chief minister and central government official have been caught red- handed in the scam.

What was the issue?
The gutkha scam did take place in Tamil Nadu between 2013 and 2016. The manufacturer of the MDM brand of gutkha had allegedly paid several crores of rupees as kickbacks to the Tamil Nadu health minister, senior IPS officers, and officials of various central and state government department. Officially the storage and sale of gutkha, have been banned in Tamil Nadu since 2013.

How did the scam get exposed?
The matter came out in July 2016 when Tamil Nadu was helmed by that time of chief minister. Th income- tax department, during its searches at the residence of MDM brand owner, recovered a diary that had details of bribes being allegedly paid to former Chennai police commissioner thrice, for allowing illegal sale of tobacco-based products.
The bribe was paid to allow the sale of gutkha which is banned for sale in Tamil nadu since 2013. The diary, which was recovered had incriminating information that 40 crores was paid as bribe by the manufacturer for allowing illegal sale of gutkha in the open market in Tamil nadu

Why is there demand for a CBI probe?
The Tamil nadu government claimed that it had not received any report any report on the gutkha scam, but subsequently, the IT department seized copy of the report from former chief minister’s residence during search in November 2017. With the directorate of vigilance and anti-corruption, a state agency, registering case against several lower level officials in the scam, political parties and right activists were up in arms demanding probe by the CBI since IPS officer including two DGP rank, a state minister and central department employees were potentially involved in bribery.

How did the case land in high court?
The directorate of vigilance and anti-corruption, which began a probe into the scam, booked junior-level officers in the case. The Tamil nadu state government opposes a CBI inquiry into the scam.

What is the current situation?
According to reports there are several IPS officers are under scanner. Investigation have revealed that dozen police officers had raided the MDM gutkha godown, where a large quantity of the banned gutkha was seized. All the seized gutkha handed over to the food safety department.

Unethical bureaucracy
Bureaucracy is one of the main pillars of any country. It is not easy to define corruption. But in narrow sense, corruption is mostly concerned with bribe and it take several forms. Corruption is a global phenomenon. And it has progressively increased and now spreading like a disease in the society.

Corruption in India is a consequence of the connection between bureaucracy, politics and criminals. India is now no longer considered a soft state. Today, the number of ministers with an honest image can be counted on fingers. At one time, bribe was paid getting wrong things done but now bribe is paid for getting right things done at right time.
Effect of corruption
Administration is tainted with scandals. India is among 55 of the 106 countries where corruption is uncontrolled, according to the corruption perception index 2004 report released by transparency international India. Corruption in India leads to promotion not prison. It is very difficult to catch the culprit. As nation grows, the corrupt also grow to invent new methods of cheating the government and public.

Conclusion
 India has been facing such corruption full scams since so many years. India has been considered as the fastest growing country. On the other hand poor bureaucracy and corrupt politician make the country weaker. Unethical practices and corruption are like a diabetes, and can only be controlled by making effective policies and framework. 
It may not be possible to root out the corruption completely at all levels as it will take a long time to make country better and corruption free. Government should make a system of ethical testing before recruiting the public servants. Corruption has corrosive impact on economy. 

It worsens image in international market and leads to loss of overseas opportunities. Corruption is a global problem that all countries of the world must confront, solution, however, can only be home grown. India  have tolerated corruption for so long the time has now come to root it out from it roots.