Corruption has taken its roots in India as it has become a pervasive aspect of Indian politics. Corruption in simple terms may be described as ‘an act of bribery’. Corruption is defined as the use of public office for private gains in a way that constitutes a breach of law or a deviation from the norms of society. In every government office it is almost impossible to get your work done without bribing every person involved in the process, from peon to the officer.

As government regulation of business was extended in the 1960s and corporate donations were banned in 1969, trading economic favours for under-the-table contributions to political parties became a very common political practice. During the 1980s and 1990s, corruption became associated with the occupants of the highest authorities of India’s political system.

Corruption has become a routine in almost all sections of the government. Politics is an example criticized every day. More than half of India’s population work for 30-50 rupees per day while the money that is taken in the name of development makes the people with power rich. India is a rich country with poor people. If such corruption continues it will surely lead to the demise of the economic status of India.

A study showed that 50% of the people had first hand experience with using bribes to get a job done in public office. We have to bribe a person just to make him do his job! The government is taking initiatives to remove corruption from the system but first we should do what we can. Refuse to give bribes. If some officer is asking you to bribe him to get your job done, show his true face to the public and report to the police. Government is taking some steps and some we should take.

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