Police is still a minor player in corruption sweepstakes nexus
If you think 100 crore a month makes police corruption huge, you know nothing about corruption.
The police is still a minor player in corruption sweepstakes. If people do not commit crime/to transgress the law, the police are mostly helpless. In Mumbai and most metros, because there is commissionerate system, police get many functions that otherwise belong in other government departments, like granting clearances to restaurants and bars, where they fleece.
But there are at least 56 inspectors more in government, not police inspectors, inspectors who enforce those thousands of regulations, clearances, permissions, NOCs, etc. In their case, the public actually needs to go to them to do business, or for even such mundane jobs as the issuance of birth certificates and getting the plan for the house passed. Of course, really big players get to issue environmental clearances, guard our forests, enforce the wildlife act, and above all; collect taxes.
Our ruling elite, the entire Sarkari अमला, is haemorrhaging the only country we have, through a thousand cuts, and those left out are trying to enact this or that law to insert their own needle to suck out their share of its blood.
To give just an example: In 1987, China was per capita poorer than us, and in gross also, just equal to us. Today, both China and each Chinese are five times richer than us. The reason is only and only because the looters in government are not loosening the grip on the neck of our country, because if they do so, they won’t be able to collect 100s of crores every month.
What do we call them? Evil, cruel, plain stupid or all of these? After all, if they turn honest and dismantle socialism, that is, relax control on economy, we all, they included, will become rich like the West, richer than any corruption can make some of us.
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