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  • Flipkart assures employees that there will be no job or salary cuts due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Although it was obvious, but the government still clarifies that there is no need to switch off appliances and only lights need to be switched off on April 5 at 9pm after confusion in the minds of some people
  • PM Modi and President Trump decide "to deploy full strength of (Indo-US) partnership" to fight against COVID-19
  • 17 states have reported 1023 cases of coronavirus linked to the Tablighi Jamaat, which translates to 30% of all positive cases in India
  • The government says people should not use alcohol-based hand sanitizers before lighting diyas or candles on April 5
  • The railways say there is no certainty yet when services will resume after the lockdown and a final decision will be taken in the next few days
  • As coronavirus cases multiply in Assam, six north-east states seal their borders with the state
  • Power System Operation Corporation Ltd. (POCOSO) putting all systems and protocols in place at war-footing to ensure there is no grid failure due to reduction in demand on April 5 at 9 pm
  • Power ministry scotches rumours that the power grid might fail due to the 9-minute blackout called by PM Modi on Sunday, April 5
  • Centre asks people to wear home-made masks if it is absolutely essential for them to step out of homes
  • Centre asks states to allow licensed street vendors to sell essential items
  • 8000 samples were tested across India on April 2, but the government said that testing will be need-based and will not be used as a confidence-boosting measure
  • Air India operating special flights to fly passengers stuck in India since the lockdown
  • For the first time in history, Darjeeling loses first flush tea due to suspension of garden work for Covid-19 outbreak
  • Supreme Court asks journalists to be responsible and publish only the official version of news after it was brought to its notice that migrant exodus started after the 'fake' news that the lockdown will be extended to three months
Total count stands ar 3082 as India records 16 Covid-19 deaths, the highest in a single day
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Asset Disclosure By Government Employees Needed

By Sunil Garodia
First publised on 2016-07-29 12:04:27

About the Author

Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.
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If corruption has to be weeded out in any country, the process has to start at the top. It is a fact that corruption at the grassroots often stems from the attitude of those at the highest levels. The NDA government has displayed a zero tolerance policy towards corruption and big ticket scams have almost vanished. But lower level corruption is still endemic. Nothing moves in India without greasing the palms of those in authority. Even a lowly peon expects his cut. Officers in government offices often display helplessness as the peon does not bring the required file to their table if the party concerned does not pay him a ‘bakshish’. It is not a secret that “upar ki kamai” is often the status symbol of government employees. It is against this backdrop that the decision of the government to dilute the Lokpal Act by amending the clause that mandated for its employees to declare their own and their family’s assets by July 31 by keeping it in abeyance is particularly disturbing.

The disclosure of assets of self and family by government employees is very much needed to identify such persons who are maintaining a lifestyle clearly at odds with their known sources of income. Those government employees who are not corrupt but have got genuine assets either through bequests or earning capacities of other family members should have no problems with this disclosure. It is the corrupt who will raise a hue and cry regarding this. Although there can be no direct correlation between assets and corruption, it is definitely a pointer and can be used for further investigations. This is what is troubling corrupt employees. The government should not give in to such demands and if it serious about making India corruption-free, it should get this disclosure done in the near future.