Saturday, August 14, 2010

Russia introduces a corruption resistance test

IN A unique way to spot corrupt bureaucrats, Russia’s internal ministry squad offer bribes to bureaucrats and fire those who cannot resist such temptation. The method, termed as the “corruption-resistance test”, was proposed by the ministry’s internal security directorate, according to local media reports. The practice, which has been prevalent in some countries around the world has not been followed in India, tagged as one of the most corrupt nations.

The “corruption-resistance test” works as follows. After receiving a sanction, inspectors would apply to an unwitting public servant with an offer to abuse his or her powers. The bureaucrat would be offered money, jewelry, property and other services. If the bureaucrat gets trapped, he could even be dismissed from service.

No tips from Peepli Live to US bureaucrat!
“I don’t want to give the bureaucrats in Washington any ideas, but in India the government pays $2,000 to the family of any farmer who commits suicide because of foreclosure,” wrote a prominent film writer in New York post while reviewing the dark satire “Peepli Live,” according to which tens of thousands of farmers took their own lives from 1997 to 2007.

Action and Appointments
a) Ms Meera Mehrishi, a 1979 batch Rajasthan cadre IAS has been appointed as additional secretary in the ministry of environment and forests
b) Harsh Bhal, a 1983 batch IAS has been appointed as CMD of National Handicapped Finance and Development Corporation at the level of joint secretary.
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