Petty corruption and inflation have Nainital residents fuming.“The Rs 6-crore bridge built over the Gaula river here collapsed within five years,” says Nandaballabh Joshi, head clerk in the local municipal office.
“How could that have happened unless most of the funds allocated for it were siphoned off when it was being built? Radish, which grows in plenty on the nearby hills, is being sold for Rs 30 a kilo. We get earthworms coming out of the taps along with drinking water. My son who completed his ITI training in 1990 has yet to get his certificate.”
Hariram Sharma, local teacher, needs a gun licence. He has given the policeman whose consent is required Rs 1,100 in bribe but the man wants another Rs 500 “If I don’t pay up, he will keep making me run around,” says Sharma.
“What do we care about the 123 agreement, globalisation or the rise and fall of the sensex? Our real problems are never discussed by the media,” he complains.