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“Party leaders have given a positive response to my initiative. We have crores of workers in UP and if they live a pure and sincere life, who feels the nation needs to build more toilets than mosques and temples. All the rest is no more than ? Rescuers were rushed to a local hospital on Sunday evening. We are pressing scuba divers into service to trace the missing persons. On Wednesday we began digging out the soil with JCB equipment. We have two hostile neighbours with planes in the sky and we cannot afford to sit on our?It is from people like him that we learn to be aspirational. For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Agencies | Lakhimpur Kheri (up) | Published: August 31 2010 2:05 pm Top News As many as 11 labourers were on Tuesday electrocuted when they came in contact with a high voltage wire in Singahi town areaabout 150 kms from herepolice said The accident occurred in Singahi police station area when the labourers were involved in construction of a multi-storey building under Kanshi Ram Avas Yojna suddenly came in contact with 11000 voltage wire passing overheadSDM C P Tewari said Senior district and police officials have rushed to the sitethe SDM said For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by T S R Subramanian | Updated: August 31 2016 1:03 am The fact is that the former coal secretary Harish Gupta is known to be an impeccably honest officer whose financial or personal integrity could not be questioned — it will be a travesty of justice if he is ultimately convicted Top News There is informed speculation that the Central government is considering amendments to the Prevention of Corruption Act (PC Act) 1988 The key proposed amendments include deletion of Section 13(1)(d)(iii) which relates to the public servant obtaining for any person pecuniary advantage “without public interest”; and a proposed new addition to Section 17 mandating the approval of the “competent authority” before “commencing” any inquiry or investigation against any public servant serving or retired These proposals will surely cripple whatever little possible use the PC Act can be put to in tackling the widespread corruption in our administration While these ideas have been floating around for years now the immediate “provocation” appears to be the plight of a retired coal secretary to the government of India Harish Gupta under whose watch a large number of irregularities in coal mine allocations took place during the last UPA regime Gupta finds himself an accused in coal scam cases in various courts — there is a widespread swell of support from the bureaucracy that he should not be “victimised” The fact is that Gupta is known to be an impeccably honest officer whose financial or personal integrity could not be questioned — it will be a travesty of justice if he is ultimately convicted The issue now is whether the plight of Harish Gupta is sufficient justification for amending the PC Act and watering down its potential to combat corruption Apart from the well-known personal reputation of Gupta a standard argument trotted out for defanging an already inadequate and emaciated PC Act is to categorise Section 13(1)(d)(iii) as “unconstitutional” as it presumes a priori guilt — in the last 25 years the apex court has not found this clause unconstitutional The other plank highlighted is that the PC Act should not be used to “hound” honest officers — that in its present form it inhibits senior officers from taking risks or imaginative innovative steps and goads them to “play safe” — which is contrary to public interest The cold fact is that there is dramatic improvement in the speed and quality of decision-making in the Central government in the past couple of years — attributing alleged bureaucratic paralysis to a “Draconian” PC Act is absurdity itself For every honest Harish Gupta there is a large and growing number of dishonest officials While intellectual dishonesty has always been a feature of our higher bureaucracy apathy and lack of resistance to coloured and corrupt decision-making by a political executive has equally been visible in recent decades Alas there is now an open spectacle of a number of bureaucrats tangoing with the political class particularly in the states — for mutual financial benefits While most senior officials during the two recent UPA tenures were apathetic and looked the other way a corrupt political executive was perpetrating one scam after the other The growing prevalence of endemic corruption in the states through collusion between officers and ministers is now well-known But there is still a majority of officials in states who are honourable public-spirited and impeccably honest even though too many may not be proactive in protecting “public interest” preferring to look the “other way” Alas the official tribe willing to crawl when asked to bend is slowly but surely increasing in number and influence This is the larger picture we need to take into account before demanding the dismantling of any existing provisions of the PC Act The two key ingredients in any corruption case relate to accumulation of assets disproportionate to known income as well as acceptance of “undue” favours The present PC Act addresses these facets A public servant is supposed to be a “custodian” of public interest — it is her duty to speak out to protect public interest when the occasion demands — Section 13(1)(d)(iii) addresses this element The tribe of civil servants who are basically “honest” but acquiesce in brazen wrongdoing without protest is growing This section addresses their inaction and exhorts them to stand up when they see damage to public interest There is nothing illogical or unconstitutional in demanding that a senior civil servant must be a vigilant protector of public interest — is it only commission of wrong-doing which will be punished but not omission to stand up when required It is also fallacious to argue that the concept of “mens rea” has been diluted in the above provision — surely in a criminal procedure this will be a relevant criterion The other major proposed amendment demands prior approval from a “competent authority” even for registering a case under the PC Act against any public servant Essentially what this means now is that a beat policeman or a traffic inspector or a passport official when caught red-handed will get away even without registration of a case till “approval” is given This is an absurd condition — in most departments the corruption is institutionalised and a share of every bribe reaches higher levels One is now asking the fox to guard the coop Surely those dealing with policy who have to take decisions with incomplete information or who may turn out to be “wrong” in hindsight need some protection against frivolous or punitive harassment It may be worthwhile considering a situation where prior approval in such cases may have to be obtained from an independent authority in a time-bound manner — even these may not be required in tackling corruption cases The fact that our investigating agencies are themselves corrupt are amenable to political “direction” indeed are “caged parrots” should lead to cleaning up these agencies — not to defang the legal anti-corruption instruments Let us ponder the efflorescence of support to Gupta’s cause — surely he is innocent at least in terms of honesty and acceptance of favours even though he may have arguably been more pliant than he need have been Is the real aim to let the hundreds of public servants — politicians mostly and some civil servants — involved in coal/telecom/other scams off the hook Is Gupta being used to save UPA scamsters Is the real purpose to scuttle all the major cases There is no shortage of sympathisers in the current regime who held influential positions in an earlier government — is this their recipe to rescue the scamsters of yore Perish the thought — is this a move to placate erstwhile UPA functionaries to “buy” their support for legislation or administration agenda The feeling is inescapable that Gupta is being used by some with a larger sinister objective The solution is not in diluting our laws emaciated and ineffective as they already are The answer is to clean up our investigating agencies and speed up the legal procedures Equally the political will already amply demonstrated in cleaning up decision-making processes at the Centre needs to be extended to the states The real solution is in high quality political management of the issue of corruption The Gupta case should not be used as an excuse to whitewash the past The writer is a former cabinet secretary For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: IANS | Mumbai | Updated: November 21 2016 1:11 pm Bigg Boss season 10 evicted contestant Karan Mehra is the first celeb to get evicted from Salman Khan hosted Bigg Boss house Related News TV actor Karan Mehra who became the first celebrity to get evicted from the controversial reality show Bigg Boss 10 says VJ Bani J is very strong but she is very misunderstood in the house “I feel Bani is very strong but it’s difficult for the people in the house to kind of understand her She gets very misunderstood in the house that’s the only disadvantage” Karan Mehra told IANS Karan says he had a “good connect” with Bani WATCH VIDEO:Bigg Boss 10 November 20 Episode Review: Salman Khan Puts Alia Bhatt In A Troublesome Situation “But she doesn’t have the same connect with other people in the house The problem is people have already formed a judgement about her” added Karan who is fondly remembered as Naitik from ” Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai” The actor who is married to TV actress Nisha Rawal also feels happy that he is out of the show in a very dignified manner “My stay was good and I had lot of ups and downs but I have had my good moments as well I am back home with my dignity from the most controversial house I have made couple of friends in the house who will be there for the lifetime” said Karan Also read |Bigg Boss 10 19th November 2016 written update: Karan Mehra gets evicted from the house Salman Khan then pointed out on how he was disappointed with Karan Mehra Rahul Dev and Rohan for not standing up against Swami when he attacked Mona Lisa’s character See pics |Bigg Boss 10 November 19 Highlights: Salman Khan Scolds Celebs Over Swami Om’s Sexistremarks Mona too was unhappy especially with Rahul for not supporting her Salman then appreciated Lopamudra Raut for always taking a stand for what’s right Next Salman moved towards addressing the issues pertaining to the newly elected captain of the house Rohan and his not-so-fair decision making abilities For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related News It appears that a huge racket is operating in producing fake certificates.

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