Corruption is an undesirable, detrimental and atrocious sin that has severely affected our society in an omnipresent form.
Corruption has not only led to the flopping of the administrative system and meager implementation of law and order, but also some grave issues like scarcity and red tapism.
It would not be wrong to say that it has hampered every single aspect of our governance. We witness corruption as though it is a normal phenomenon. Everyone is a part of this corruption chain directly or indirectly.
It is a shame that we are being oblique and rejecting this fact by seeing it as a custom and part of our social lives.
Corruption is always shadowed by a vicious cycle which has its roots in corrupt political system. Devoid of transparency, chained by corruption, corrupt money causes corrupt political actions and inaction.
Political corruption produces corruption in public and private life, given the predominance of politics everywhere.
A single corrupt politician can make a huge impact in the distribution of government expenditure and the framing of policies.
On the one hand bureaucracy as the tool of policy execution is easily susceptible to those who benefit from certain policy choices, and on the other hand, the private sector, in the form of maximizing profit, acquires legal protection and public expenditures from bureaucrats willing to accept favours and kickbacks.
The money gained from this exchange is either used to support some political motives or to invest in some huge business houses.
Bureaucratic corruption persists because of scarcity whether it be of goods or services, red tapism, public ignorance, procedural delays, administrative complexity, and lack of transparency.
There are two major corruption issues that concern donor aid in Nepal. Firstly, the donor aid delivery modalities are still not transparent and not pragmatic and victim oriented.
The modalities are more donor directed and procedurally complex which often makes it vulnerable to corruption. Secondly, without proper distribution mechanism, increased flow of aid contributes to increased levels of corruption in a recipient country like Nepal.
Every step in favour of anti-corruption must be supported by us, media, civil society, political parties and the government. Individual and party interests must not dominate public interest.
The leaders need to demarcate public necessities and work accordingly for societal progress.