Zee Research Group/ Delhi
Can corruption be curbed in the country by abolishing personal income tax for the next 10 years? An anti corruption crusader and senior leader of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Subramanian Swamy believes this could be one of the ways to curb corruption which is spreading like virus in the country. Swamy corroborates the view that corruption can be curbed if we remain positive and walk the extra mile.
In an exclusive conversation with Ameesh Devgan of Zee Media in Bharat Bhagya Vidhata’s ‘Mudda Aapka’, Swamy pitched for making people believe that anyone can be booked for corruption if found guilty. He said, “Corruption begins at the highest level and goes down the line. We need to catch big fish to send right signal down the line to end corruption.”
Swamy suggested three ways to curb corruption - 1. Finish discretionary powers of officers as much as possible; abolish personal income tax at least for the next 10 years. 2. Catch big fish and punish them so they also fear any wrongdoing. 3. Get away with the growing trend of praising people on the basis of their money.
But, do we also require tough laws to curb corruption in the country?
Swamy believes that anti-corruption laws that are already in force are good enough. He said, “There is no problem with the present laws. In laws available, anyone found guilty can be booked for corruption. When I raised the 2G matter everyone said that no one will be arrested but in the end the Supreme Court cancelled 122 licenses.”
Swamy also called for changing the attitude in dealing with things. He averred, “We should tell people that corruption can be curbed instead of spreading negativity. We should also encourage people to join politics which is not considered a good profession since independence.”
Swamy called donation to political parties as ‘dakshina’. He said, “We have a ritual in our country that people pay ‘dakshina’ to saints. Similarly, people fund parties because we work for them.”
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