The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) probing the Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) recruitment scam has found that 15 per cent of the total aspirants paid bribes ranging from Rs. 45 lakh to Rs. 75 lakh fixed by Chairman, Gonal Bheemappa, and other members of the commission.
This 15 per cent made it to the personality test for the post of gazetted probationers earlier this year, the CID found, all of whom were eventually selected.
For the full report on this KPSC scam in "The Hindu", click here.
If the people who are hired to government jobs are corrupted on appointment itself, how can there be any hope of any 'public service' by them? As such, I would term this the fountainhead of scams. And, though this report was submitted as far back as in September, there has been no action on it at all from the government so far, even with the LokSatta party highlighting the matter through street demonstrations, fasts, etc.
Now, the CM, Sri Siddaramaiah, has so far enjoyed a fairly clean image, and that's how he became the choice for the post, after the BJP, KJP, JD (S), et al got trounced at the hustings because of their corrupt ways, over the past few years. Such a person, one would have thought, wouldn't hesitate any to take action. His not doing so, as such, is a major let down of his voters.
The CM should realise that the times have changed - the events in Delhi, where the AAP trounced the Congress, is a clear reflection of that. His party has been hinting at nominating reputed academics and professionals like Prof Rajeev Gowda, Mr Nandan Nilekani, etc, as its candidates from the city parliamentary constituencies. With the state-BJP scoring self goals through re-induction of BSY, the chances of the educated youth of the city pitching for these candidates looked quite bright. But, the inaction of the government on the CID report is certainly going to have its impact on their minds. And, there is every possibility of the AAP, LokSatta, NavBharat, and the like teaming up together to give expression to their resentment.
Time for the CM to act is now if he wants to redeem the situation.