New Delhi: Describing Uttar Pradesh as the “Prashn (Problem) Pradesh”, Nationalist Congress Party general secretary DP Tripathi has criticised the high corruption going on in the state.
Speaking during a discussion on “Challenges facing Uttar Pradesh”, organised by Observer Research Foundation here, Tripathi said this high level of corruption at all levels is badly affecting the development of the state.
Tripathi, who is in charge of Maharashtra too where the NCP is a ruling partner, admitted that high corruption is also taking place in the state also.
“There are high levels of corruption in Maharashtra too. I admit it before you all,” he said.
Tripathi said but unlike in UP, “either the quality of work or the developmental schemes are not compromised in Maharashtra”.
“In Uttar Pradesh, there are various types of corruption – like efficient corruption, inefficient corruption, decentralized corruption,” he said, pushing the state into a “terrific situation”.
Ajai Raj Sharma, former Delhi police commissioner and former director general of the Border Security Force, warned that a revolt of PAC (Provincial Armed Constabulary) men, as in 1973, is looming large if the reports of indiscipline among them are correct.
He said the criminal justice system has collapsed in the State with the breakdown in police, judicial and jail systems. “A gangster in UP jail can plot anything and get any one killed,” blaming political interference and the failure of IPS leadership for this. He criticised the current practice of MLAs deciding on the police postings and the blatant political interference in recruitments.
However, another retired IPS officer, Ashish Mitra, former special secretary in the Union Home Ministry, pointed out that the last recruitment was one of the cleanest.
Nirpendra Misra, former Telecom and TRAI secretary, emphasized the need for creating the right policy changes to improve the delivery mechanisms. In this connection, he pointed out the legislations like the Public Services Act of Madhya Pradesh and Bihar.
World Bank’s Rajini Khanna said the government will have to change its “unfriendly image” to attract investments and introduce transparency in its dealings.
SK Tripathi, former finance secretary of the state, stressed on bringing in improvements in education, rural sector, social sector and heath besides improving infrastructure.
The discussion, chaired by former cabinet secretary Surendra Singh, was based on a report on “Switching Tracks for a New Uttar Pradesh”, prepared for ORF by Saurabh Johri, an alumni of IIM-Ahmedabad.