Growing population and corruption are the two main hindrances in the way of good governance and development of the country, NHRC Chairperson Justice HL Dattu said in New Delhi, on Friday.
“There has been some progress in bringing transparency in governance and fighting the simpler forms of corruption but deep-seated organized political or systematic corruption can paralyse a nation,” he said.
Dattu was addressing the inaugural session of a two-day seminar on “Good governance, development and human rights”, organized by NHRC in collaboration with the National Law University at its campus in New Delhi.
“The best way to combat corruption is that the governments must strive to rid themselves of corruption and bribery. They should become accountable and transparent in order to preserve the integrity of democracy,” he added.
The NHRC Chairperson said that corruption typically diverts funding from state budgets which should be dedicated to the full realisation of all human rights.
“We need to promote more researches for finding tenable solutions to end the menace of corruption. Without achieving certain optimum standards of efficiency, it would be difficult for the country to reach the 17 new sustainable developments goals set by United Nations for overall improvements of society,” he said.
“A country cannot be considered having good governance, if the people of that country are corrupt and the population grows rapidly. Corruption destroys economic foundations, impedes the ability of developing countries to attract foreign investment,” he added.
The seminar divided into various academic and thematic sessions will be addressed by several prominent speakers to identify the areas of concerns impeding good governance and realisation of human rights for all.