Despite the ills in the country, including being ranked 94th in the corruption index of the world, former IPS officer Kiran Bedi believes unity is the solution to the problem. Speaking on Zee TV’s programme under the banner of Bharat Bhagya Vidhata, she said: “United we stand, divided we fall. It is high time we stand united to fight against corrupt administrative people.”
As people voiced their problems, ranging from complaints about pension and ration cards to the non-availability of facilities in hospitals, Bedi urged citizens to fight the system together. “Corruption is a huge problem. Unity alone is the one-time solution to all this,” she said.
Bedi lashed out at the suspension of IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal, saying if senior officers are spotless, they cannot be forced to sign transfer orders. She lamented the fact that today, senior officers are hand-picked by the politicians and can be utilised for their own benefit. She appealed to the people to exercise their right to vote in the upcoming election, saying: “Everyone should vote.”
BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, however, said the entire political class is not corrupt and that the honest ones should fight those who are dishonest. Former BJP president Nitin Gadkari said if a corrupt politician is elected, the fault lies with the society. “There is need for a change at a deeper level,” he said.
Amid relentless criticism of the UPA, Union water resources minister Harish Rawat defended the government’s track record against corruption. “The RTI Act was brought because it helps in controlling corruption. The Lokpal Bill is also there, but it isstuck now,” he said. Rawat also mentioned the introduction of the whistle-blower protection bill.
Former chief vigilance commissioner N Vittal said transparency in government and appropriate action as per law in corruption cases are the two most important things that the government needs to do to control corruption.