Tuesday, September 13, 2005

After Solapur, muster roll irregularities in Satara

Another story of corruption in EGS scheme in Maharastra. I had mentioned this before also. With help of RTI these things can be brought to light and corruption reduce. To enforce EGS we need more public action to bring scams to light.



At 10:02 AM, Blogger Sunil said...

This was the reason for my original pessimism. And unfortunately, the RTI is facing lots of hurdles at various state levels, as well as the national level. In the end, i think we'll be left with an RTI that is shrouded in bureaucracy. Public action needs to be stronger.

At 10:23 AM, Blogger Rahul said...

Any scheme the governement implements (PDS or water harvesting schemes or big dam schemes or slum imporvement scehemes or slum rehabilitation scheme) all have teh same problems with the system being corrupt/inefficient. And strong public action is the way out. Strong public action in many cases will eliminate the need of such schemes. But that is the need of the hour.

If you see Kerala the % of people who use PDS or fair-price shops to get food/grains is >85% while the same percentage in UP/Haryana is in the range of 10-20%. What does the difference means? Why the difference?

The difference means that more people take benefit of PDS in Kerala and far less in other states. This is not because other states are richer and people their can afford more, but because of accessibility (in terms of shops, ration in shops), avability of these stores. PDS works best in Kerala and worse in Haryana/UP/Bihar because of system being corrupt.

If you look at history of Kerala there have been mass public movements since the 19th century which have caused this to happen. Its not only due to communist regime in Kerala but due to public action.

I am optimistic that public action will get stronger in India and help substantially improve the conditions of masses.


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