Governance suffers multiple organ failure: BMC chief

The Commissioner of the country's richest civic body, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), has said the number of scams and scandals in the last few years suggests that the government system or governance in India today suffers from a 'multiple organ failure'.

At an employee workshop on ethical public service in the cool climes of Panchgani, Sitaram Kunte, a 1985-batch IAS officer who took charge as BMC Commissioner on May 1, listed two dozen scams starting from the Rs 2.2 crore Kuo oil deal scam in 1976 to Rs 1,76,000-crore 2G scam.

Of the 24 scams, nine have happened between 2000 and 2010. "Seeing the number of scams and scandals during last few years, it represents a case of 'multiple organ failure' in governance," he said.

According to him, corruption can be tackled through the police, doctor, engineer or a combination of doctor and engineer approaches. From the doctor's lens, corruption can be seen in the medical perspective as a disease to be treated.

Taking on graft in government offices requires breakdown maintenance in engineer approach, he said.

"Like servomechanism (unmanned aircraft), we can have close circuit cameras to man government offices as an extreme measure to curb corruption," Kunte said.

The workshop on ethics is spread over five days and started on October 2, coinciding with Mahatma Gandhi's birthday.

It has been designed by members of Initiatives of Change, a global organisation working in the areas of governance, moral and spiritual reconstruction of societies along with Arun Wakhlu, founding chairman of Pragati Leadership Institute Pvt Ltd.

The first batch of participants included assistant commissioners of administrative wards and chief engineers of various departments.

BMC, with an annual financial budget of Rs 26,500 crore, has been battling not only with complaints on poor service delivery but also with allegations of corruption from various quarters.

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