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Corruption Stories – Part 2

October 26th, 2010 · 5 Comments

A large company won a contract for a waste management project in a global tender. Everything clean so far. Then, it started. Party 1 called up for Rs 8 crore. Had to be paid. Party 2 called up for Rs 10 crore. Paid. Party 3 called up for Rs 7 crore. Paid.

Then, a senior leader from Party 3 called up for a central fund contribution of Rs 10 crore. Company refused to pay. Letter comes from a government ministry stalling the project. CEO of the company is verbally abused when he goes to meet the senior leader and told he has no other choice but to pay. After the payment is done, another letter comes clearing the project.

Even though one knows corruption is happening, when I heard this story first-hand from a friend, I was furious from the inside. But that fury is countered by frustration knowing we cannot do anything “the system.”

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Emad Saad // Oct 26, 2010 at 5:50 am

    We can always do something (If we want to)

  • 2 Parag Mahajan // Oct 26, 2010 at 10:36 am

    1) Try to avoid paying taxes to the corrupt gov. Streamline this money to the poor means in society on personal basis. This can happen only when Indians make sure that the taxes they pay is being utilized for ‘good’ purpose.

    2) Home loans. This is bad since you are paying even before you earn. Indirectly this helps properly prices to jack up artificially. Land mafia(Local Leaders) use this as an opportunity to fund money to their parties.

    3) Do not ever listen, support and respect any local leader. Do not get fascinated by their so called social work.Building temples, Celebrating Diwali, Dussera, It is just for publicity, just like filmstars do.

    4) People should not have supported hosting games like CWG in our country. Ask yourself can India afford 70k crore for games? Leaders have exploited people under the emotion of ‘Pride’ and used CWG as another mechanism of minting money.

    5) People who say (or pretend to be) clean are foolish. What is IMP is to get our work done.

    -Parag

  • 3 Akshar // Oct 26, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    That is virtually a blood-boling tale.

  • 4 Akshar // Oct 26, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    BTW Rajesh, you are a successful businessman (or so we think :) ) do you have any first hand tales ?

  • 5 Aditya // Oct 27, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Sad to read all these corruption tales. It is good to know them as well in a way, as it makes us aware of how it works ..

    If possible, after this series please do post some ‘good’ stories (that you know) about entrepreneurs not giving in to such demands. Sometimes all it takes is a small inspiration for a person to be able to stick to the right path.

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