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    July 2016

‘You show me the face & I'll show you the rule’


The public sector undertakings which are regarded as the backbone of the Indian economy seem to have become money minting machines for the mighty and the influential for personal gains. During the UPA regime, vested interests in the Government had destroyed many PSUs with merciless indifference by allowing a policy drift to favour its blue-eyed boys. And the same thing continues till date. Bureaucracy Today has been frequently doing exposes of how vested interests in the corridors of power are milking the PSUs and making them lose their shine. 
While investigating white collar corruption in the Coal Ministry and its PSUs, Bureaucracy Today stumbled upon some confidential documents which revealed a shocking tale of how guidelines were manipulated in the Coal Ministry in apparent connivance with the ACC to help former BCCL CMD TK Lahiri continue in his post on an ad-hoc basis for 21 months in spite of he not getting Central Vigilance Commission clearance.
Our Cover Story in this edition which unfolds the saga behind the “illegal” extensions to Lahiri, is a reflection of how the administrative acumen has gone down drastically with bureaucrats ready as ever to curry favour with their political masters.
Over Rs 10 lakh crore of public money is being handled by the Government through public sector enterprises. The BCCL with an employee strength of 68,000 alone handles approximately Rs 1,200-crore public money. But the vested interests in the Government are manipulating the top management of the PSU. The powerful and wealthy have appeared to be placed comfortably beyond the pale of the law and the integrity of every institution of governance lies in tatters. 
Public outrage against corruption may have been the key factor behind the Narendra Modi Government coming to power at the Centre. But the mantra – “You show me the face and I will show you the rule” – is still continuing in the administrative system which has degenerated into a mix of pelf and political patronage. Who is accountable for all this mess? We leave it to our readers to decide. 


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Rajesh Sharma
7/4/2016 11:54:29 PM

Rightly said Mr Tiwary.

7/4/2016 3:45:05 AM

Corruption is rampant....the appointments of board level executives is mostly rumoured to be shrouded in corruption...and corrupt bureaucrats facilitate it all...saying that they have to do it to keep their political masters happy.

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