To tackle graft,Lokpal not enough: Godbole

Godbole said that the late B G Deshmukh had led by example and given suggestions to tackle corruption.

Written by Express News Service | Published: June 20, 2012 1:13 am

“Merely setting up the Lokpal,a matter pending for 48 years in Parliament will not be enough to tackle corruption. A comprehensive strategy will have to be adopted,” said Madhav Godbole,IAS,and former Home Secretary and Secretary (Justice),Government of India (GoI).

Godbole said that the late B G Deshmukh had led by example and given suggestions to tackle corruption.

Godbole was addressing the first B G Deshmukh Memorial Lecture organised recently by Public Concern for Governance Trust,(PCGT) Pune and Symbiosis Law School.

“Good governance should be recognised as a fundamental right and part of the basic structure of the Constitution. Rigorous administrative reforms should be pursued wholeheartedly by all stakeholders in society,” he said delivering the lecture on ‘Good Governance—A Distant Dream’.

Godbole revisited his 40-year association with Deshmukh and recounted how he always found him correct in his dealings. He lived by his principles,was a man of highest honesty,integrity and independence of mind,he said.

“India is far from achieving good governance because of varied reasons,mainly lack of political will. India is rapidly urbanizing and by 2050,nearly 55 per cent of India’s population will be living in urban areas,where living conditions are shocking,” he said.

He highlighted corruption and the recent upheaval over it in the country. He also expressed serious concern over India getting divided into two,one of affluence and riches,and the other of poverty,deprivation,malnutrition and have-nots. India has also been plagued by scams,a shackled judicial system,and excessive regulation that pose enormous challenges in improving governance and taking it to global standards.

PCGT Pune and Symbiosis Law School,Pune felicitated Dr K H Sancheti (Dr Parag Sancheti was present on his behalf) and Dr S B Mujumdar for their Padma Vibhushan and Padma Bhushan respectively. Anu Aga was felicitated for her nomination to Rajya Sabha.

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