If all the politicians of Nepal were to stop their bribery only for a year, Nepal would have enough money to build roads to reach every corner. Now go tell that to Nepalese living in Nepal or abroad, you would be surprised how true your words are.
The Blame Game
There is a lot of bribery and corruption in Nepal, in the books that measure corruptions by countries, Nepal comes closer to number 5th or so in the world as the most corrupted nation.
Corruption on the outer surface is easy to see but often hard to find out like where it all starts. If a citizen can’t get a job done, he or she will try other means to get a job done, and one of which is bribery.
It is believed that in poor countries, people who earn the most are always engaged in corruption activities and often times their salary or earnings from regular jobs do not justify their lifestyle.
So people are immediately spotted by the eyes, specifically in areas where people are familiar with basic job titles and their normal salaries of those areas in the country. At the same time, it may be morally wrong to reason one’s lifestyle as there could be a lot of reasons such as, living a lifestyle given by heritage, from remittance by their families abroad or they live a lifestyle by eating-up their savings or assets or how they chose which has nothing to do with corruption.
Nepal is not free of corruption, there are enough reports out there on this and you too know about it!!
Among many reasons of rural poverty, some are lack of access to resources and roads. Due to lack of usable roads, farmers are unable to get agriculture inputs and to sell their products. Did you know that more than 80% of Nepalese are farmers and most of them live in rural parts of Nepal with little or no access to roads and modern agricultural facilities. Corruption has ruined Nepal significantly year after year and decade after decade.
When a problem is seen by the people, doing something is better then nothing. So, good news is that progress are slowly being made in Nepal, but it will take a very long time.
Today, there are government people for hotlines on corruption and take cases on reported crimes. It is one of the toughest law of the country which is in play but just needs a little more attention from everyone.
Nepalese are happy people, friendly, optimistic and always looking forward to a brighter future. They see opportunities ahead to solve this problem along with many problems of the country.
Nepal Corruption Facts
- Nepal is the world’s 52nd corrupted country
- In June 2005, first time ever, Nepal’s all of the most famous political leaders were detained on charges of corruption, most dismissed due to lack of evidence.
- Nepal’s most corrupted region are Police, Judiciary, Tax, Education, Health, Power and Electricity, Land administration, and Customs.
- Land Administration, Customs and Police are the main three sectors with heavy corruption
- Reasons for corruption in many sectors are due to lack of accountability, transparency, low salary, power of monopoly and powerful interest groups, lack of proper law and order in the country.
- Half the people in Nepal believe that no work can be done without bribing
- Among many ways of doing corruption in Nepal are bribery, gift-giving, diverting of budgets away from projects, under reporting of tax collections, over pricing of procurements – a direct blow to the poorest of the poorest in Nepal
- A corrupted high level politician in Nepal can suck-up as much as 1 Million US Dollar a month, source : Internet
- Among social, economic, caste and ethnic inequalities, corruption is the most factor susceptible to Maoist influence and propaganda.
- In Nepal, the poor cannot afford the legal costs involved in dealing with the corruption-prone formal justice system
- In a 2004 national survey, Nepalese identified corruption as the first concern among other national threats.