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Release of 2009 Global Corruption Barometer

The private sector uses bribes to influence public policy, laws and regulations, believe over half of those polled for 2009 Global Corruption Barometer. The Barometer, a global public opinion survey released today by Transparency International (TI), also found that half of respondents expressed a willingness to pay a premium to buy from Corruption-free companies. “These results show a public s

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ere else in the world. -- Goal 16 * The number of refugees of concern to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) stood at 13 million in mid-2014, up from a year earlier. * Corruption, bribery, theft and tax evasion cost some US $1.26 trillion for developing countries per year. * The rate of children leaving primary school in conflict-affected countries reached 50 percent in 2011, which amounts to 28.5 million children. *

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Dalits, the poor and the NREGA

inally in a position to actually build participatory democracy, and people’s planning can be developed, as Kerala did along with fund devolution. Despite all the criticism with respect to Corruption and leakages, the NREGA has actually drawn attention to the weaknesses of the delivery mechanism. And it has made a host of different sets of people apply their collective skills to repair them. It is true, however, that the achievements of the

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The Paper Rations

Public Distribution System (PDS). Today, the PDS is said to serve more than 320 million people across India, a number larger than the entire population of the United States. But with widespread Corruption in the PDS, including adulteration of its subsidised items or their outright pilfering on a mammoth scale, the government is toying with a radical plan to bring the curtain down on the iconic ‘ration shop’, the delivery station for

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States oppose Centre’s proposal, insist on food for all

Civil society groups and the Left parties are also pushing for a universal PDS, instead of the present “targeting” system that keeps most poor people out due to either systemic failure or Corruption. Malnutrition and under-nourishment should be measured, besides entitlement and access to food security for people, say civil society groups. Interestingly, the various options the Centre is looking at for ensuring food security include t

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tlement part of the scheme the rural development experts are also anxious about the transparency and accountability of these schemes. That is why it is being felt that the Act will open floodgates of Corruption unless backed up by inbuilt mechanisms of participation and social audits. It is also argued that a large number of rural people keep drifting in and out of APL and BPL categories but it is understood that the bill is going to fix a perso

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Drought management for rural livelihood security

nts. This is a timely warning since thousands of crores of rupees will be spent during the coming weeks in drought relief. Unfortunately, disaster relief funds become an easy target for those to whom Corruption is a way of life and hence it would be useful to provide copies of P. Sainath’s book, Everybody Loves a Good Drought (1996, Penguin), to all involved in taking the benefits of the drought relief programmes to rural families. Secondl

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Taking goals of NREGA-I forward

and better social audit. IT has one more new dimension. Ever since it was decided to make payments only through banks and post offices, NREGA-I has run into serious trouble caused by delays and Corruption in payments. Workers, especially in remote rural India, find it very hard to travel long distances to get money. This promotes a nightmarish variety of malpractices. It is now imperative that we roll out the banking correspondent model using ha

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Multiplier accelerator synergy in NREGA

duty to protect the unsung heroes who continue to risk their lives to make NREGA a success. While entering untested waters, there are other fresh challenges. Paradoxically, the attempt to check Corruption by making payments through banks or post offices has backfired in transition. The additional NREGA load is proving impossible to handle and workers also find it hard to reach these sparsely located distant offices. Local elites with greater mob

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Rural distress

cultural department officials do not conduct such sampling on ground and complete the formalities only on paper. CSE also noted other issues such as lack of trained outsourced agencies, huge scope of Corruption during implementation as well as non-utilisation of technologies like smart phones and drones to improve the speed and reliability of such sampling. • Inadequate and delayed claim payment: Insurance companies, in many cases, did not inv

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