Mangaluru: India is the largest democracy in the world. But today, because of the evil attitude of politicians, government servants and corporates, there is corruption everywhere. Though this evil triangle has caused humiliation to India on the world stage, there are some honest government officers. Hephsiba Rani Korlapati, the Commissioner of Mangalore City Corporation is one among them. Since she took charge on the 1st of January 2015, she has been a nightmare to the corrupt. Reduction of corruption by 40% since she took charge is the example of her honesty and duty consciousness. If she remains in her post for the full term, she will certainly uproot corruption in Mangalore City Corporation.
To fleece the residents of Mangalore, the waste management has been entrusted to a company from Mumbai. It has directly translated into increase in our property tax. If you observe the property tax receipt, you will faint looking at the waste management charges. Similarly, in many places, tenders have been invited to lay BS slabs twice in a year and money has been laundered. It is no secret that builders ignore all rules while building flats and that corporation officers are hand in glove with them. The drainage system of the city has been suspended long ago and now nobody is interested in completing it. For example, near Shakthinagar cross, there is no drainage system, but there is drainage in the inner roads.
Repeated requests to local corporator and legislator have fallen on deaf ears. It would be of great help if drainage system is completed. These are only a few examples of corruption in Mangalore City Corporation. If we dig the files of the Corporation, there would be thousands of skeletons. Hephsiba Rani has made honest effort in curbing this corruption. In the past, I have requested many Commissioners to take necessary action in this regard, but they could not succeed. The Corporation did not get any Commissioner of Hephsiba’s calibre in the past and will never get in future. Because of her good deeds Hephsiba Rani has stirred up a hornet’s nest. Now, those who appointed her as the Commissioner are up in arms to transfer her.
It is every citizen’s right to have a corruption free country and it is our duty to support such honest officers. Therefore we should join hands to oppose all efforts to transfer her before her term and see that she remains in her post for the full term. In this regard, I would be appealing even to the Chief Minister and the DK-Deputy Commissioner. I look forward to your support in making Mangalore City Corporation free of corruption.
Casmir D’Souza – is a Retired Senior Executive, FM, Government of India (Ministry of Heavy Industry)-presently he is the Vice President of People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL). He is also the Founder Member, Indian Christian Laity Forum