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Corruption in India: The Roadblock to National Prosperity

N. Vittal (Author)
Synopsis A Times of India poll on 7th May, 2002 showed that corruption is perceived to be the biggest problem facing the country today the number one problem. Fifty-five years of our existence as an independent nation and 53 years of working of the Constitution, have resulted n one common experience of all Indian citizens. They cannot go to any public organization or office today and get the services which they are supposed to get without either paying bribe or bringing influence by way of recommendations or references from VIPs, emphasizes N. Vittal " a man who has observed, analysed and above all, boldly crusaded against corruption, calling it “by far the biggest challenge to the growth of out society and nation. His current outlook on corruption in India is that of a self-determined, sensitive patriot who by virtue of his position as the Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) had the opportunity of being able to get a panoramic view of the whole thing only to conclude, that the problem of corruption CAN BE TACKLED. Through this slim, easy-to-read book, he shares with us his thoughts, ideas, and experiences on this critical subject and his vision of “a corruption-free India. Humorous and witty at places, throwing up hard facts in-between, the twelve chapters comprising this book openly discuss the serious aspects of corruption and the various interrelated issues. Readers would find very convincing, the simple and straight-forward arguments posed by the well informed author. Using examples from real life, quoting words of wisdom (shlokas), making references to great people and treat books, N. Vittal has done every bit to illustrate corruption in India as ‘the roadblock’ to national prosperity. But his task does not end here. Vittal’s writing is soaked in optimism. His worthwhile suggestions keep coming all the way and the final chapter virtually declares his proposed “strategy” to combat corruption most effectively. The book is meant to attract anybody and everybody who feels strongly about corruption and doesn’t mind reading a few pages written by someone as appropriate as Mr. N. Vittal.
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About the author

N. Vittal

Central Vigilance Commissioner, (Retd.) in a career of more than 40 years in the IAS, has held a number of assignments at the Government of Gujarat, Central Government as well as in a Joint Sector Enterprise. He has been Chairman, Telecom Commission and Secretary. Department of Telecommunication, Government of India, Chairman, Public Enterprises Selection Board; Managing Director, Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertiliser Company Limited; and Secretary, Department of Electronics, Government of India. As Chairman, Telecom Commission, Mr. Vittal initiated the process of liberalization in the Telecom sector and played a major role in getting the Telecom Policy 1994 approved. As Secretary, Department of Electronics, he initiated the concept of software exports to zoom. As Chairman, Public Enterprises Selection Board, he initiated measures for greater transparency and speed in the function of PESB. A prolific writer Mr. Vittal is a regular contributor to journals, magazines and newspapers including The Economic and Political Weekly. The Economic Times, Financial Express, Business India and Several professional journals. He has authored seven books: India Incorporated: Reflections on the Indian electronic Industry, The Vicious Cycle of Vittal’s Law, The Red Tape Guerilla, Fighting Corruption and Restructuring Government, Information Technology: India’s Tomorrow and Public Sector Governance & Management, Vittal has not only been a successful civil servant, but has also been included by the Business Today magazine in their list, prepared at the time of Golden Jubilee of India’s Independence in 1997, of 50 men and women who made a contribution to the economy of the country in the fifty years after independence.

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Bibliographic information

Title Corruption in India: The Roadblock to National Prosperity
Author N. Vittal
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8171882870
length 188p., 22cm.