AFTER stormy IAS Action Group activities in UP against corrupt officers for several years, a national initiative is now under way to fight rampant corruption at higher places.
A group of serving and retired bureaucrats, judges and other prominent personalities have joined hands to take up corruption issues which have long been agitating the minds of the people. The group, under the banner of “India Rejuvenation Initiative (IRI) will launch a national drive to stem the rot in the official system in the country.
Joining the national efforts are former Chief Justice of India R.C.Lahoti, former Chief Election Commissioner J.M.Lygndoh, former CAG V.K.Shunglu, former chairman UGC Dr Hari Gautam, former Air Chief Marshal Krishnaswamy, former DGP Punjab JF Riberio, senior IAS officers from UP Vijay Shankar Pandey, SR Lakha, Raju Sharma, Sunil Kumar, IPS officer Jasbir Singh, retired IAS officer SAT Rizvi, former member secretary Planning commission Dr. NC Saxena, retired IPS officer Prakash Singh, director IIT Kharagpur Prof. S.K.Dube and Prof. H.C.Pandey.
Releasing the statement of IRI member JF Riberio here on Wednesday, which called upon the people to join the fight against corruption, UP IAS Action Group convenor VS Pandey said while efforts to cleanse the corrupt system had been going on for quite some time in UP, it was the first major exercise on a largescale to take on the bull of corruption at high places by its horns. Riberio’s statement said that the members had decided to mobilise public opinion to ensure that ‘political executives’ and ‘bureaucrats’ remained ‘public servants’ as constitutionally ordained and could no longer be allowed to become ‘masters’.
The group has also decided to work towards abolition of all ‘VIP facilities’ so that the ‘public servants’ remained in touch with the ground realities.
The statement said select public policies and legislations, which were propagated in the name of public interest, but were aimed at serving private interests only, would be put under the scanner and the flaws inherent in them would be exposed.
The group also decided to work intensively for strengthening of decentralised governance in the country. The group, which had its first meeting in Delhi on May 23 to chalk out its strategy, said efforts would be made to arrest the downslide in the short run and reserve the process in the long run. The statement said the IRI would use all legal means to bring about probity in all the matters connected with the lives of the common people, who could contact the group on IRI Post Box No 291, GPO Delhi or email@example.com.