Controlling corruption necessary for good governance

Karachi: After the general elections 2013, new governments have begun their five-year tenures at the federal and provincial level with a pledge to give the nation and country good governance. To achieve this aim, it is necessary to control corruption at bureaucracy level.

Though the issue of corruption is a matter of concern for all provinces, however, some reports suggest Sindh province has to pay special attention in this regard. In past a World Bank’s Sindh Economic Report titled ˜Securing Sindh’s Future. The Prospects and Future Ahead”, stated that the policymakers have indicated that they see weak governance and growing corruption as the number one and two developmental challenges facing the province.

According to Corruption Perception Index CPI 2012, Pakistan’s ranking has gone up from being the 42nd most corrupt country in 2011 to 33rd in 2012 with Sindh among the most corrupt provinces of the country. It is perceived that there is rampant corruption in education, revenue and police departments. Such a concern is repeatedly expressed by members of opposition parties on the floor of Sindh assembly.

Deputy Speaker Sindh Assembly, Shehla Raza, when contacted, said that there were people involved in corrupt practices but it is not true that whole departments or the provincial government are corrupt. “Corruption is an individual act and this menace has widely spread so we cannot level blame on whole government for it.”

She urged civil society and media to come forward and point out the sections where corrupt practices are observed so that it becomes easy for government to eliminate them.

Speaking on the issue, a Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf PTI MPA, Khurram Sher Zaman, said that it was the responsibility of government to ensure corruption free environment in the government offices. “We know there is corruption in the government departments but it is the responsibility of Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and his ministers to take steps which would be helpful in curbing this problem.”

Last PPP government was blamed for corruption and now it is the responsibility of this newly elected government to ensure action against all those officials who are responsible for corruption, PTI MPA said. Zaman said that it would be a great achievement for Sindh government if they lowers corruption by 50 percent in the provincial departments.

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