Hari the Hadron

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

HEALTHY AND UNHEALTHY CORRUPTION

A huge population making resources seemingly scarce, little time and lot of things to be done, economic inequality, affluent people with more ideas and money than time willing to take as well as pay bribes, more loopholes in laws than sections. With all these it is just impossible to eradicate corruption in our country.

Even the most uncorrupt among us does indulge in some corruption at some point of time due to one of the compulsions mentioned above. Believe me corruption is not just exchange of money. Even getting a Railway ticket in Emergency Quota or a Special darshan in Tirupathi without standing in the queue, to name a few, is as much corruption as anything else.

It is here that I wish to divide corruption into healthy and unhealthy corruption. Believe me you may at times find these corrupt people perform much better and productively than uncorrupt ones. And whereas I would recommend immediate eradication of unhealthy corruption, the healthy corruption, if not eradicated, must be properly regulated to put our country in a healthy growth mode.

An unhealthy corruption can be defined, at macro level, where the country is cheated or sold out cheaply for individual benefits and at micro level, where legitimate rights and necessities of citizens is robbed off for the benefit of certain individuals resulting in the civilization and development of our country taking a back seat.

Healthy corruption is one, if legitimized and regulated can lead to the Departments functioning more efficiently and support massively to the cause of fast track growth.

Recently I spoke to a high official of a private sector bank enquiring about the difference between the various categories of Credit Cards apart from their colour and fees. He told me that when it comes to the services available most of the categories are entitled to the same set of services, but what differentiates them is the promptness of the services. The person holding the premium card paying maximum fees gets his problem solved almost at home or immediately whereas the economy class cards would get the same complaint attended to in a week. So the extra fees are in a way bribe for prompt service but legitimized as fees for premium card.

Why not apply the same logic on all services where the officials can offer premium service or economy service depending on the pre-determined fees. The premium on the fees should go to the official. Its like a tatkal scheme on every service. This way I am sure you would find the officials on their toes always and working as efficiently as anybody.

Yes, there is a possibility that the people affording economy fees may not be able to get their work done at all on account of more people willing to pay premium. But that can be tackled by fixing targets to officials that for every premium service rendered a certain number of economy cases should be catered to and evaluation can be done by verifying the pending economy service applications at the month end.

This way the officials are happy with their earning commensurate to the efforts, the premium customers who are responsible of putting the country into fast track of growth receive the push and the layman or economy customers also gets his grievance attended to by virtue of target scheme.

Heart in Heart I would love to have a corruption free India, but till then we need a realistic approach to the problem and it is a choice between bad and worst.

22 Comments:

  • Hi everybody. please feel free to comment. even criticism would be a compliment.

    By Blogger hari, at 6:52 PM  

  • Indian thaatha will say the same thing.
    U can get bribe to do extra work, but not to do ur duty.

    By Blogger JaganLee, at 7:03 PM  

  • God, Hari... your suggestion (methods of "healthy" corruption) almost makes sense and that is frightening!

    By Blogger Shyam, at 6:21 AM  

  • Yes, Fact is fact. May Bharath Matha Bless that your wishes come true. At any cost, may India become a developed country. May people from all over the world come to India, not just for her temples and snake charmers - but to wow her.
    Swahilya.

    By Blogger Swahilya, at 12:58 PM  

  • For individuals, corruption = unhealthy, despicable, predatory, malaise etc. etc.

    For corporates, corruption = CDB (Cost of Doing Business)

    and therein lies the difference.

    :-)

    By Blogger thennavan, at 9:59 PM  

  • "it is a choice between bad and worst"

    was a true statement...liked the way u put it...

    By Blogger sophie, at 11:55 PM  

  • A great analysis and an equally good solution. As you say corruption cannot be eradicated fully. So if something like this gets implemented, then everyone can benefit. It would be similar to the special dharshan at Thirupathi.

    By Blogger PVS, at 2:55 AM  

  • Great post! How did I miss this last night!!

    By Anonymous Mungerilal, at 4:04 PM  

  • Hi Jagan,

    The law stipulates on 8 hours work per person and it is just not enough to cater to our population. So overtime costs, pay it legally.

    By Blogger hari, at 12:22 AM  

  • Hi shyam,

    Every invention including electricity without which we cannot survive a night now, was frightening in the beginning. Then it becomes a necessity.

    By Blogger hari, at 12:23 AM  

  • Swahilya,
    Was it a sarcastic comment. I have already told it is just a choice between "bad" and "worst".

    By Blogger hari, at 12:25 AM  

  • Mukundan, well said.

    By Blogger hari, at 12:25 AM  

  • Sophi, thanks.

    By Blogger hari, at 12:25 AM  

  • PVS,
    If you are against corruption, then special darshan in Tirupathi is also very much a corruption.

    You accept that as an offering to the God, then accept this as an offering to the official working for it.

    By Blogger hari, at 12:27 AM  

  • Welcome Mr. Mungerilal. I liked that name and loved the serial with that title aired long time ago.

    By Blogger hari, at 12:28 AM  

  • HI, Your 'healthy corruption' is makes so much sense. But still...if only we could just pull a tarpaulin over our country, clean up the corruption mess and then open it up to the world. :)

    By Blogger Vidhur, at 2:34 PM  

  • Well Hari, did I sound sarcastic? What is the meaning of that word? In which dictionary can I find it?
    I truly meant what I said!!!
    SWAHA.

    By Blogger Swahilya, at 1:22 PM  

  • Hi vidya,

    If only u could do this, then you would be most deserved to be titled as "daughter of the nation."

    By Blogger hari, at 2:48 AM  

  • Hi Swahilya,

    I am very sorry. I read it wrong then. My mind is still of an average human you know, so the habit of trying to read between lines and literal meanings.

    But let me tell you, you are always welcome to be sarcastic too, if my post deserves it.

    By Blogger hari, at 2:52 AM  

  • When I am sarcastic, you can never really miss it. But hasn't Tiruvalluvar said, "Iniya Ulavada Innada Kooral, Kani Iruppa Kai Kavarndatru." - When there are sweet words to express, using the harsh words is like tasting an unripe fruit when a ripe one is available."
    So I can always say what I want to with pleasing words.
    Swaha.

    By Blogger Swahilya, at 10:32 AM  

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