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  1. E – Governance ?

    Can e-Governance help eliminate corruption ?

    Most certainly

    Look at the following , partial list of Central and State Agencies set up to fight fraud , money-laundering , corruption , tax-evasion , economic crimes etc :

    > Public Accounts Committee ( PAC )

    > Central Vigilance Commission ( CVC )

    > Central Information Commission ( CIC )

    > Research and Analysis Wing ( RAW )

    > Serious Fraud Investigation Office ( SFIO )

    > Information Bureau ( IB )

    > Economic Offence Wing ( EOW )

    > Central Bureau of Investigation ( CBI )

    > Department of Revenue Intelligence ( DIR )

    > Comptroller and Auditor General ( CAG )

    > Anti Corruption Bureaus ( States )…. ( ACB )

    > Enforcement Directorate ( ED )

    > Lok Ayukts ( States )

    > Lok Pal ( Central )

    Despite such an army of Agencies , how do corrupt manage to get away ?

    Or , in case caught , manage to delay delivery of punishment for years ?

    No doubt , there must be several reasons , including , inter – agency rivalry to get credit – something difficult to eliminate altogether

    But , I believe , the most important reason is :

    Lack of a COMMON / COMPUTERIZED database of all offences / cases / persons being investigated
    And , which is readily ” Accessible ” to all of these Agencies , all over the country ( 24 * 365 )

    Already , every Agency compiles huge dossiers on ” Suspects ” in its own
    ” Departmental Database ” , which is never shared with other Agencies ,
    leading to ,

    > Huge amount of duplication of efforts / information

    > Fractured / scattered profiles of ” Suspects ”

    > Enormous waste of time / resources

    What will help ?

    > Dismantling of individual departmental databases

    > Merging of all Agency-wise databases into a SINGLE / UNIQUE database

    > All Agencies to enter their findings / data / info into this COMMON
    database , with nothing preserved on local computers

    > All data-entry FORMS to be ONLINE . No paper forms at all

    > All local computers connected to ultra-secure Network ( Encrypted )

    > ” Access Rights ” to individuals , based on Biometric Identification

    Will BJP want to make this , a prominent promise in their Poll-Manifesto , likely to be released on 7th April ? ( Congress / AAP missed this boat ! )

    It is high time political parties stop talking of motherhood in vague terms and start telling the voters ,

    ” If you vote us to power , this is precisely what we will do , to bring about E-GOVERNANCE – and do it within 6 months of assuming power ”

    * hemen parekh ( 04 April 2014 / Mumbai )

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