Civil Servants Admit Political Corruption

Civil Services Survey-2010, the first ever survey conducted on civil servants by Center for Good Governance, Hyderabad in partnership with AC Nielsen ORG-MARG stated that, bureaucrat’s collaboration with political leaders leads to corruption. The questionnaire was designed to know the officers perception on 11 areas, such as, commitment and integrity, discrimination, work environment, job environment and satisfaction, etc.

80 per cent of the respondents said that bureaucrats play an important role in corruption. Of all the total 18,432 officers belonging to ten selected services such as IAS, IPS, IA&AS, IRS, IFS, IFoS, IPoS. IRPS, IRTS and IRS (TT), only 4,808 officers responded to the survey.

Additionally, 93.1% of the IPS officers viewed that political corruption happens because there are civil servants who want to collaborate with politicians. 87.5% of IAS officers agreed with this viewpoint while 80% of the Foreign Service officers also felt the same. 74% of the revenue officers agreed with this view.

Further, 84.4% of IPS officers agreed that the corrupt officers manage plum posts, while 75% of IAS agreed with it. 79% IPS officers agreed that corrupt officers manage being unpunished, while 60% of the IAS officers said the same.

Apart from that most of the officers said that interference of politics leads to improper functioning of civil departments, they also viewed that there is a lot of discrimination that occurs in terms of caste, creed, race and religion, while selecting officers.

Source: Times of India

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