Corruption is a malady which eats into the very foundation of an Organization rendering it weak, inadequate and ineffectual. Its corrosive impact is all pervasive which in the long run debilitates the very fabric of society. The demon of corruption can only be defeated by putting fair and equitable systems and procedures in place and garnering public support and participation.
An efficient and effective Organization fruitfully integrates personal growth of its workforce with the organizational goals. A corruption-free environment enhances this integration, which in turn, facilitates the Organization to reach out to a wider customer base and sustain growth amidst stiff competition. Therefore, a well-meditated campaign against corruption can never be exclusive of the people manning the organizational machinery.
Corruption is covert operation which can only be debunked by drawing the areas most prone to it within the purview of public disclosure. Dissemination of information increases awareness and empowers people. Whereas an Organization committed to transparency strives to make as much information as possible accessible to the public, conscious effort on the part of the recipients is required to make use of the same responsibly and constructively.
In this age of digitization, there is no dearth of user-friendly systems and procedures devised by Organizations to minimize delay and maximize result. However, continued effectiveness of these systems depends on how diligently the operators within the Organization ensure adherence to the same and how committed the end-users are to not to give in to the urge to secure selfish benefits bypassing procedural requirements.
The combat against corruption is a two-way process combining action with introspection. Corruption is a state of mind. Corrupt thoughts instigate corrupt actions. Thus, to counter corrupt thoughts it is essential to condition the mind to think transparently, to ask one’s own self whether and how more transparency can be infused to better a job and scale higher and higher levels of fairness and equitability. It is with this self-motivated mechanism of checks and counter checks being constantly operative within can we function transparently, vigilantly and with integrity.
A vigilant mind is the one which is alert, aware and ever ready to take initiative to thwart all such evil strikes which are detrimental to the growth of a corruption free environment. Integrity is a reflex to undividedly converge personal values, moral strength and honesty on the task in hand to produce the desired output. While corrupt thoughts weaken our moral fiber, it is personal integrity, vigilance of mind and an instinctive desire to perform selflessly that subvert actions spurred by selfish motives.
In the final analysis, battling against corruption is much more an internal warfare than an externalized endeavour. It is a constant effort which requires strengthening of the inner core and values that prompt us to rise above the narrow confines of petty gains driven by vested interests. When such individualized efforts graduate into collective will to foster a global community cleansed of all the pernicious designs spun by manipulative minds that public participation to eradicate the ills of corruption elevate to a truly meaningful and sustainable movement.
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