An official from the Andhra Pradesh government said that the Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad (IIM-A) has been roped in by the Government of Andhra Pradesh to curb corruption in the state administration.
“The institute would study the structural issues in the government departments in relation to corruption and come out with measures to tackle them,” the official said.
The focus will be mainly on the government departments which have earned high notoriety for corruption. Departments like revenue, police, municipal administration and registration are the new synonyms of corruption.
"The IIM-A would help us identify the structural issues in mandal revenue offices, registration offices, town- planning wing in civic bodies and also the police that are leading to corruption. Based on the inputs, the government will initiate corrective action to eliminate corruption," the official said.
Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy said that the fight against corruption should be taken aggressively. He also said that the AP anti-corruption bureau will be deployed in full power to stem out corruption at all levels in the state.
The officials further added that engaging a prestigious institution like IIM-A in the task only denotes the seriousness of the government in eliminating corruption.
"Sanction for prosecution (of a corrupt official) is a major concern. In many a case, action against corrupt officials is dropped due to lack of sanction for prosecution (by the higher authorities),” a high-ranking IPS officer, who worked in the ACB, said.
"In IPC cases like rape or murder, you don't require any special sanction for prosecution. This should apply to the Prevention of Corruption Act as well," he added.
As the IIM-A team works on these aspects, the government will work on the other related issues such as reducing citizen-official interface in government offices, using information technology-based systems, curtailing discretionary power and arbitrariness of bureaucrats and publishing the names of the corrupt on public websites.
"Such measures will help curb graft but a drastic measure like making the risk of corruption much higher than instant gratification holds the key, the senior bureaucrat said.