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‘Environmental exploitation is the worst form of corruption’

‘Environmental exploitation is the worst form of corruption’

Environmental exploitation like mining, illegal soil excavation make individuals rich at the cost of society is the worst form of corruption that we face now, said  Jacob Punnoose, IPS (Retd.), Former Director General of Police, Kerala. He was delivering the keynote address on ‘Eradicate Corruption; Build a New India’ in the valedictory function of the observance of Vigilance Awareness Week in the Rubber Board.

“People are tolerant of corruption to a certain extent. They consider this as a lubricant to ensure delivery of services. Corruption by inertia is a pathetic form of corruption in which officials willfully abstain from duty or skip important details from books or files. Collusive corruption is another form of corruption where it is difficult to bring the culprit to book. Here a group including beneficiaries and officials collude, forge records and the benefit would be shared among them.
Now digital service platforms are useful in checking corruption. Digital India would be less corrupt. Elected representatives should question the officials so as to eradicate corruption,” he said.

Dr James Jacob (Director, RRII) and Sabu P Idicula (Rubber Production Commissioner), Thomas Augustine, Vigilance Officer, Rubber Board, SP Ramesan, Assistant Vigilance Officer also spoke. Jacob Punnoose gave away the prizes to the winners of various competitions held as a part of the observance of Vigilance Awareness Week.

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