CONTENTS:- 1. Corruption: an introduction; 2. Incidence of corruption; 3. Attitude of people towards corruption; 4. Efficacy of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1947; 5. Effect of prosecution on quality of public life; 6. Judicial findings.
Corruption in public services is a well known fact to the common people of India and abroad. But, its dimension as it is today is a matter of speculation only. We have had innumerable commissions of inquiry on corruption-The Railway corruption inquiry committee under Acharya Kripalani (1953), The Vivian Bose Commission (1962), the Santhanam Committee on prevention of corruption (1964), the Wanchoo committee report on Black Money (1971) and so on. There are sufficient legal provisions in India to combat corruption and to bring the corrupt persons to the legal net. The PCA Provides sample power to the administrative machinery to prosecute and book those who are involved in corruption. Though the provisions of the PCA are supposed to be most effective in combating corruption of public servants, in practice the problem instead of reducing its dimensions has widened it in an unlimited manner. Since it has its roots and ramifications in society as a whole, every culture has to devise its own remedy depending on the depth and spread of the tentacles or the roots. Effective provisions of anti-corruption laws to tackle the problem not only of public servants but also of politicians, MP's and MLA's, are required to be devised.
The book should be of equal use to students of Sociology, Political Science and Criminal Law and of great interest to all persons with a social awareness.