Corruption rains in Madhya Pradesh during monsoon, literally. Official figures for 2014 and 2015 collated by state’s anti-corruption watchdog — Lokayukta special police establishment — revealed that maximum number of graft cases was reported during the season.
35% corruption cases reported during monsoon
Out of the total 390 cases of government employees/officials being caught red handed while taking bribe by anti-corruption sleuths in 2014, 35% (135) was reported during monsoon (June-September). With 33% (125) cases winter (November-February) stood second while summer (March-May) took the third spot with 24% (95) cases.
In 2015 too, monsoon was inundated with corruption. The season reported 160 (40%) of the total 402 cases while summer and winter each reported 108 cases (27%).
Farmers in a hurry to get their work done during monsoon owing to sowing season
According to a senior Lokayukta official, owing to sowing season, the farmers whose demarcation and mutation of land is pending, are in a hurry to get their work done. It often prompts the tainted officials/employees of the revenue department to demand bribe from farmers to get their work done in shortest possible time 55% rise in corruption.
Over Rs 37.29 lakh bribe money seized during 2014
While the number of traps (cases of government employees and officials caught red handed taking bribe) stood at 390 in 2014, it rose to 402 in 2015. But when it came to tot bribe money seized from the alleged bribe taker employees/officials, the volume was whopping. In the total 390 cases of public servants caught red handed taking bribe during 2014, over Rs 37.29 lakh bribe money was seized from them.
The total bribe money seized from public servants during 2015 by the anti-corruption watchdog rose by a staggering Rs 20.69 lakh, despite the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government’s claim of rendering clean and transparent governance. In percentage terms, the rise in corruption during 2015, per se bribe money seized was a sharp 55%.
Indore region the most tainted
Districts under the Indore region have reported maximum number of corruption cases followed by the Bhopal region.
In 2014, the Indore region reported 83 cases of trap followed by Bhopal and Jabalpur regions with 59 cases each. Sagar reported 56 cases while Gwalior, Rewa and Ujjain reported 42 cases each of public servants being caught red handed taking bribe.
Anuppur district in the Rewa region reported the biggest catch in 2014. On April 7, 2014, SK Mishra of Public Health Engineering department was caught red handed taking a bribe of Rs 4.88 lakh.
In 2015 too, Indore retained its dubious tag of being the most tainted region, reporting maximum 97 cases. This meant a 17% jump in cases of traps by the Lokayukta in the region during 2015, as compared to the previous year.
The Rewa region reported 60 cases to get second slot, registering a steep 43% climb over 2014 figures. The Bhopal region stood third with 56 cases.
The Jabalpur region reported the sharpest decline in corruption cases by 12% at 52 cases, while the Gwalior region despite reporting a slight increase of two cases, remained least tainted (at least as per Lokayuka records) in 2015 with 44 cases.
In line with maximum cases of traps being reported by the special police establishment in the Indore region during 2015, the highest bribe money seized from any government servant was in Khargone district. On November 1, 2015, Khargone municipal body president Narendra Sharma was caught red handed while taking a bribe of Rs 10 lakh.
Government servants of all ranks, spanning from peon and police constable to departmental heads, all have been caught by the Lokayukta while taking bribe. In both 2014 and 2015, 15 women employees/officials each have been caught red handed taking bribe.
In 2015, 160 (40%) of the total 402 cases were reported during monsoon.
Summer and winter each reported 108 cases (27%).