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Edu mafia enjoys political clout

AN OCCASIONAL crackdown by the government, or by the court is only a minor setback to them. Such mafia runs high schools and colleges with the objective of making money. They encourage students to adopt unfair means to pass examinations. Virtually no teaching takes place in such institutions and the management and the staff assists students in their nefarious activities to get degrees. There are many such mafia who run a number of schools/colleges in the State and enjoy enormous political patronage.

india Updated: May 19, 2006 01:23 IST

AN OCCASIONAL crackdown by the government, or by the court is only a minor setback to them. Such mafia runs high schools and colleges with the objective of making money. They encourage students to adopt unfair means to pass examinations. Virtually no teaching takes place in such institutions and the management and the staff assists students in their nefarious activities to get degrees. There are many such mafia who run a number of schools/colleges in the State and enjoy enormous political patronage.

Similarly, recreation and sports bodies (specially such sports and events which have glamour and money) are being taken over by people in mafia-like fashion.

Cheating, nepotism, favouritism and exploitation and abuse of public money, resources are the name of the game. To them, the government is a pagoda tree, which can always be shaken to provide funds. Instead of jail, the organisers get TV and press coverage and are lionised.

V.  The Mining Mafia
The auction system towards mining leases, which was introduced for a few years, has been dispensed with. It is believed that powerful mafia groups corner most of the leases in the name of different persons. They mine not only in the leased area, but venture into forest land, government land beyond their allotted area of operation. They use machines, which are banned and take recourse to loopholes in the law to perpetuate their activities. The aforesaid survey of mafia activities is only illustrative. Indeed there is hardly any branch of economic, political, religious and social activity where powerful groups have not come up who (in their own spheres of influence) cannot bend the law for their interest.

The irony is that while Naxalites, robbers and other outlaws are hunted down, mafia moves about in a fleet of expensive cars and powerful jeeps, surrounded by armed men, and stays in luxury hotels. Penal provisions are rarely clamped on them.

Against this backdrop, it must however, be heartening to note that the government has been taking legal and administrative measures to contain their activities. In addition to the IPC, there are other Acts to contain the mafia or organised crimes as follows:

1. The Goonda Act
2. The UP Gangsters Act
3. NDPS Act
4. NSA
5. POTA, FERA and other Special Acts, some of which have been enforced / repealed from time to time.

Besides, the aforesaid laws, government and the DG(P) have issued administrative instructions from time to time. Such measures taken so far had effect for limited period of time. When the government cracks the whip, the machinery gets activated and stringent action is initiated against mafia and other criminals.