Though the new millennium has not brought any respite on this front as yet, there is some hope on the horizon for people in Karnataka, especially in Bangalore. No wonder then, there was a sense of euphoria following the anti-corruption drive launched by Karnataka Loka-yukta Justice N Venkatachala.
Justice Venkatachala began the drive by conducting surprise checks in the regional transport offices (RTOs). The raids proved the obvious; the offices, which were supposed to be dealing with sensitive issues, such as issuing driving licenses, motor vehicle registration etc., were nothing but dens of corruption.
After the RTO offices, Justice Venkatachala turned his attention to the seven city municipal corporations (CMCs) around Bangalore. The result: Scandals worth Rs 240 crore were unearthed. The city municipal corporations were formed to provide civic facilities to people living in and around Bangalore on a par with those available in the city. The raids brought to light the fact that the seven CMCs had drawn crores from the government for creating various facilities and had pocketed the money instead. So in one CMC you have an underground drainage system existing in the official records, while in reality nothing of that sort exists. The same is the case with roads, borewells, water supply schemes, street lights etc.
Meanwhile, chief minister SM Krishna has said that action will be initiated after he gets the full report from the Lokayukta. He also said that the officers involved would be placed under suspension. The scrutiny of the Lokayukta covers the period between 1998 and 2001.