The humongous amount of corruption taking place in the state’s bureaucracy has once again become the talk of the town with the arrest of an Assam Civil Service (ACS) officer Saibar Rahman, the ex additional deputy commissioner of Dhubri district, for having disproportionate assets worth around over Rs 100 crore.
Though the presence of corruption in the system is not new, the arrest of Rahman once against highlighted the magnitude and the volume of corruption a single official can do within few years of his or her service. Thanks to the hawk eyes of chief minister’s vigilance cell who managed to nab Rahman and now trying to take the case to its logical conclusion.
But the question still remained unanswered that was Rahman a lone corrupt official? Who else were in the nexus with him in the scam? And most importantly what about other officials who from time to time were alleged of having links with huge financial scams.
Off and on, a few of the corrupt get caught but a majority manages to evade the law, which only corroborated how deep-rooted the scam has been.
The necessity of the moment has been a stringent mechanism of monitoring the property of government officials including those acquired in the name of their family members while the anti-corruption machinery should be given a free for probing corruption cases courageously, impartially and without any political influence.
Pursuance of court cases against the corrupt officials also needs to be efficient that the corrupt are adequately punished. If needed, the relevant laws might be changed.
Besides, action against the corruption must become the new normal rather than an exception.