Attributing poor governance to corruption, Pradeep Kumar, Commissioner, Central Vigilance Commission, focused on the ill effects of corruption and ways to minimize it. In Kumar's words "the fight against corruption calls for a twin pronged approach of 'preventive' as well as 'punitive' action. He also said that "corruption in government occurs mainly due to misuse of discretion enjoyed by the public authorities, cumbersome, non transparent and ambiguous procedures, over regulation and excessive state control. Lack of citizen oriented and responsive approach by the officials aggravate the problem".
Another Panelist, T S Krishna Murthy, Former Chief Election Commissioner of India, emphasized on improving the governance in political sphere. His most important suggestion in this regard, included establishment of a 'National Election Fund' for addressing the misuse of unaccounted money power in elections. His other suggestion included assertive behavior by bureaucracy to check political masters whenever required. Murthy also suggested that mechanism should be made to properly channelize the corporate social responsibility fund before it starts creating problems.
Das, Author, Management Guru and Public Intellectual, highlighted the
need of establishing 'Strong Liberal State' to improve governance.
This would require; reforming state institutions, regular
participation in neighborhood by the general public, and building on
our philosophy 'Dharma'.
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