Big promises, small delivery
Public outrage against corruption may have been the key factor behind the Narendra Modi Government coming to power at the Centre. The Prime Minister also made big promises to bring transparency in governance. However, nothing seems to have changed during the past two years. Corruption continues to rule the roost in the public sector. In fact, as per the Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index (2015), India's score remained stagnant at 38.
During the UPA regime, vested interests in the Government had destroyed many public sector undertakings with merciless indifference by allowing policy drift to favour its blue-eyed boys. The same game is continuing in the Modi Sarkar also. Only the faces are different now.
Our Cover Story in this edition exposes corruption prevalent in the Coal Ministry. We bring to light how vested interests in the corridors of power are delivering blow after body blow to two PSUs – the Bharat Coking Coal Limited and the Eastern Coalfields Limited – which have just come out of the BIFR fold.
While in the case of BCCL, the Ministry was hell bent on appointing a convict as its CMD, the same Ministry with hand-in-gloves with the CVC sabotaged the appointment of ECL CMD.
In both the cases, the role of the Central Vigilance Commission raises pertinent questions regarding its credibility, transparency and impartiality.
The two stories are a shocking revelation of the fact that the vested interests in the Government continue to manipulate the top management of the PSU. The powerful and wealthy are still placed comfortably beyond the pale of the law and the integrity of every institution of governance lies in tatters, in the same way it was during the UPA regime.
It is a point to ponder why have things come to such a pass? And will it ever change?
There is not an iota of doubt regarding the intentions of the Prime Minister in bringing governance free from corruption, favouritism and nepotism. However, a single man cannot change the nation. Modi’s visionary and pragmatic leadership has infused hope, trust and optimism among people of a corruption-free and developed society and to realize this dream, ministers and bureaucrats must work together in tandem.
The citizens of India have expectations of transparent and corruption-free governance from the Narendra Modi Government. The bureaucrats should understand that it was high time they worked towards making the Government more open and transparent. The writing is on the wall.