Bribery rampant in government offices

Published On: July 1, 2019 09:01 AM NPT By: Upendra Yadav

BARA, July 1: On June 27, the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA), Hetauda, arrested Aaspuran Kushwaha red handed while accepting bribe. Later, it was learnt that he was deployed by the section officer of the Planning Department of Prasauni Rural Municipality, Binod Yadav, to collect bribe from the consumer committee.

Kushwaha who was arrested by the CIAA while taking bride from a local consumer committee admitted that he was sent by Yadav. 

Following the revelation, the CIAA team started searching for Yadav but he was already out of contact by then. One of the members of the committee accused that Yadav had been delaying the payment for the construction of a canal in Prasauni-6 demanding bribe.

The consumer committee formed under the chairmanship of Yogendra Kushwaha is constructing the canal for Rs 800,000. The committee had been urging the planning department to complete all the procedures for their payment and forward the file to the accounts department. 

According to Dev Kumar Rai, information officer of the CIAA, Hetauda, Yadav is currently at large but the anti-graft body has intensified search for him. CIAA is planning to file a corruption case against Yadav. 

On June 21, the CIAA had arrested Sunil Chaudhary, messenger of the Bara District Court, on the charge of taking bribe. Chaudhary was caught taking bribe of Rs 18,000 from the service seeker in a local tea shop in front of the court.

Acting on a tip off, a team of CIAA led by Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Keshav Kumar Bhattarai arrested Chaudhary after learning that he has been repeatedly taking bribe from the service seekers.

Likewise on March 28, a team of CIAA, Hetauda, arrested three government staffers including the chief of the Division Forest Office (DFO), Simara for taking bribe. DFO Chief Shiva Shankar Thakur, assistant forest officer Gauri Shankar 

Keshari and office helper Ramchandra Adhikari were caught with a bribe of Rs 15,000.

In the last three months, many officials of local units, court and forest office, land revenue office, survey office, inland revenue office have been found taking bribe in Bara. 

However, CIAA has been accused of only arresting lower-level staffers and exempting high-level officials involved in corruption. This has encouraged corruption. The desire of making more money within a short period of time compels the officials to involve in corruption.

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