According to Anti-Corruption Bureau statistics, the Public Works Department has the most number of officers under the scanner for disproportionate assets in 2013, totaling Rs 17.87 crore; policemen top the list of officials caught taking bribes.
On joining the department, the officials indulge in malpractices to recover the bribe they paid. “An engineer working in PWD has a fixed cut in getting proposals sanctioned. To get their files cleared, contractors and agents pay huge amounts under the table,” said an officer earlier attached to the PWD.
Policemen, too, aren’t far behind in corruption. Last year, 237 cops were arrested for taking bribes. The amount of trap money involved is Rs 86.43 lakh, while the second in the rank is the Revenue department, with 188 employees arrested. – See more with statistics at Mid-day.
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