Corruption in India is all pervasive and poses a considerable cause of problem to both the country’s economy and society. As per Transparency International India, 51% Indian respondents admitted to paying bribes in 2019.
Among the most common causes of corruption are the political and economic environment, professional ethics and morality and, of course, habits, customs, tradition and demography. Corruption inhibits economic growth and affects business operations, employment and investments. It also reduces tax revenue and the effectiveness of various government assistance programs meant for social development.
The sad news is that in spite of several laws and regulations, there are no definite ways of stopping corruption, thus it is the duty of the citizens to protest against this immoral practice.
Vidya Bharati alumnus Mr. Bharat Lukman of Saraswati Vidyapeeth Awasiya Vidyalaya, Shivpuri, Madhya Pradesh is a staunch supporter of anti corruption movement. Through his personal experience and those around him he realised that the unlawful ‘broker’ or middleman system was leading to high instances of bribery in his surrounding area. From land dealings to making governmental documents like passports and driver's licenses, these middle men were demanding large amounts of money from the residents. He took up the matter in his hands and put across a formal complaint at Broker office of Tikamgarh. He also sent a letter to the former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shri Shivraj Singh Chauhan. Within 3 months, action was taken and an investigation was done, resulting in the suspension of a governmental Road Transport Officer.
Mr. Lukman’s efforts were highly lauded, and he was invited to the National Conference at Delhi where Shri Nitin Gadkari was the Chief Guest. Representatives from across India were present at this conference.
Mr. Lukman, who is a computer hardware engineer by profession, is associated with several social work as well. He has started a ‘Blood donation’ initiative along with few other like minded members and organises blood donation camps in Jhansi and other neighbouring areas regularly.
He along with his friends also made arrangements to provide water to residential areas when Jhansi was facing severe water shortage. They have even made arrangements for provision of shelter to the homeless and more than 60 people have been benefited by this act till now.
While speaking about his experiences, Mr. Bharat, gave full credit to Vidya Bharati for teaching him to fight against injustice and social inequalities.
On asking, if he had any message, that he would like to share with the Vidya Bharati community, he urged everyone to lead an honest life and not not support unethical practices prevalent in the society. If one need any kind of information, they should take the help of RTI act.
Mr. Bharat Lukman’s efforts and dedication towards making our society more just and transparent, is truly remarkable.
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