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March 02, 2018

People tend to be corrupt

Bribery, corruption and graft pose a dramatic threat to economic development, good governance and popular support for the government. In fact, cases of graft are not uncommon in all parts of the world with the only difference being the level of corruption. The reason is that people tend to be corrupt out of love or hatred, anger, ignorance and fear. This being so, people’s action must be monitored and controlled by a proper system. As long as the performance of duties and/or implementation of plans, programmes and projects are entirely dependent upon the implementers, who are ordinary human beings with ordinary suggesting not being saints, cases of bribery and corruption will prevail more or less. Such being the case, it can be concluded that performance of duties and implementation of plans, programmes and projects should be carried out with the human beings’ involvement made the best. The solution is the introduction of the e- government, which employs application soft wares in all government departments, enterprises, boards and committees.
At a time like now when the government is not ready yet to turn itself into an e-government for lack of financial resources, technical knowhow and qualified human resources, it is of utmost importance for having a proper monitoring and controlling system to prevent the service personnel from commitment of graft and corruption. In this regard, it is equally important to prevent the entrepreneurs from giving bribes to get things done faster and to avoid having to present the necessary documents and certificates.
Nevertheless, there is also an important question as to whether the service personnel can live a life of quality with salary. This is an important human factor to be pondered over because there is a saying, “Hungry people find it difficult to observe the Five Precepts”. Such being the case, the State Counsellor is very often heard to make comments on low salary when meeting with the lowly paid public service personnel.


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