There are job rackets galore in so many ministries and in every state government. Even in the best governed states, transfers are ordered or stopped for a consideration. Ministers and officials are known to initiate transfer orders to then seek gratification from the affected party to cancel an order arbitrarily issued. The finance ministry scam is only the tip of a humongous iceberg of petty corruption. But as in every line of criminal activity, the important thing is to punish those caught red-handed with the hope that this will have a salutory effect on others similarly engaged but as yet not exposed. While the revenue and customs services are more prone than others to such racketeering, a transfer and appointments racket thrives in almost every area where rent-seeking is possible. A transfer racket is a means of organising the distribution of such spoils. In the finance ministry itself there are other divisions where this racket thrives. Transfer of teachers in government-funded institutions is a source of income for men in authority in education departments across states; transfers in government hospitals in the medical department; transfers in the police department are a racket familiar to every moviegoer even if they have not encountered the problem in real life. Why, there could be racketeering in transfers within the CBI!