Towards the end of our work day in California, my colleague was telling about a concern that is bugging him.
Case I: His parents are trying to get him a birth certificate for the last 3 months. They submitted every single that document that is needed. They travelled from their village to Vijayawada MRO office 3 times so far. Then someone told them the open secret. They need to bribe the middle man Rs 5,000. The old parents did not have much choice. They paid the amount. They were promised the birth certificate in a week.
Week passed, no birth certificate yet. They went back, and they were told the officer who was supposed to give the certificate got transferred to a different location. They were asked to pay Rs 3,000 more. They asked what happened to the Rs 5,000 they already paid. The middleman told them the previous officer took the money and left. Now they paid Rs 3,000 again, and waiting for the birth certificate.
Case II: Then I told him how I got my daughters birth certificate who was born 2 weeks ago. When she was born, the hospital nurse told us that they would give all the information to the county office, and asked us to collect it after 2 weeks. Good thing the county office has a Satellite branch close to my house. I went to the office at 9:30 AM. As soon as I entered, a Kiosk took my name, purpose of the visit and my identification. Then I went and stood in the queue. In 2 minutes my turn came. The woman at the counter only asked to show my driver’s licence for verification, and confirmed I only wanted birth certificate for my daughter. She printed it out, put a seal on it, and signed it. I was back in the parking lot at 9:40 AM (yes, same day).
We NRIs see such differences very often. So how do we accept the corruption in our motherland? Whether things will change because we join the corruption free movement or not is something we will have to see. But without public involvement, things will never change for better. If you are not sure how you can be part of the corruption free movement, please leave a comment below.