Corruption is a habit, and most people who have the option are susceptible to it.
In a few countries, the situation is so bad that people are ready to compete for those jobs with greater chances of corruption.
This indicates humans have become morally corrupt.
And those who don’t have the chance desire to minimize corruption and keep complaining about it.
So, prevention of corruption requires not only fear of law but also inculcation of moral ethics.
But the eradication of corruption is an absolute requirement for better public service and civil society.
Hence, we outline the tips to control corruption from the perspective of corruption in both developed and developing nations.
Before you read further, you may read about the causes of corruption.
Tips on how to stop corruption and prevent it
1. Teach ethics
First and foremost is that a person with moral ethics will not indulge in corruption.
Despite the rampant corruption around, you might have come across a few people who are honest and non-corrupt.
Even if their colleagues accept bribes, they restrain from it out of their personal ethics.
This is due to their belief in god, parents’ teachings, love for society, etc.
This is the easiest and most human-friendly way to control corruption and also provide better services.
These people do not accept bribes; at the same time, are efficient at work as they have ethics at the core of their hearts.
To encourage such people, even the governments should recognize them with some awards.
2. Give a better salary in govt jobs
Many employees in government positions receive a low wages like clerks, office staff, etc. Hence they expect to make money through bribery.
Thus, the public officials try to delay the work for so long that the client is fed up and opts for bribery for progress in the work.
So the low salary is one of the reasons for corruption. To curb this, their salaries should be raised periodically.
3. Increase the number of workers
In many government sector offices, the workload has gone up drastically, but the recruitment to fill up the vacancies has declined.
This gives officials an option to delay the work by officials and expects monetary or other benefits for faster completion.
4. Law to dismiss from service if found to be involved in corruption.
This seems a better option. For instance, if you see cases where the anti-corruption bureau rides an officer home and finds disproportionate assets, the officer is suspended from employment and taken for judicial trials.
But after a couple of years, you will find them in employment at the same or even better positions.
So this creates no fear among the officials against corruption.
Further, some officers are never caught up in corruption during their tenure in office.
In such a case, laws should be enacted to punish even after their service.
5. CCTV Cameras in most govt offices
In every ATM, there is a camera to keep a watch on the public taking their cash.
Then why not government offices have cameras to watch employee performance.
Even many employees openly take the bribe in the presence of ordinary men.
This public bribery is due to the confidence that the public wants their work more than the amount they pay to them as bribes.
6. Speed up the work process in govt institutes
Most corporate offices are full-fledged, running from 8-9 am. But the government offices start from 10 to 11 am and wind up by 3.30 to 4 pm with a lunch break of one & a half hour in between.
This indicates how much commitment lies in work and how fast the work goes on. If there are mistakes in the work or delay in the work, civilians have to run behind those workers to rectify or complete the work.
In doing so, they pay bribes to get the work done. This enhances the chances of corruption or else work is not done. So there should be an accountability of daily work done in government works and targets to complete the work on a time basis. Or else, instead of being public servants, they tend to act as public bosses.
7. Make the Media responsible and fix laws to be so
There are many major scams and corruption events involving media.
Though the media is well aware of the corruption happening, they stay silent due to their support for some political parties. Otherwise, their owners get some monetary benefits from the rulers.
Many reporters are aware of some scams or corruption; they stay silent without revealing it to the press for having received monetary benefits.
If media personnel is found to be guilty of not having exposed the scam or corruption intentionally, they have to be prosecuted, and their licenses are withdrawn.
Sometimes media deliberately try to hide scandals or corrupt issues. Media outlets should be forced to put up advertisements about corrupt officers or companies just like normal ads to bring awareness to the public and shame the company.
8. Verify the selection procedures
Many people compete for government jobs, and in the process, there is corruption happening in selecting candidates for the posts.
So there should be an effort to promote transparency in the selection criteria and any misconduct from this should be punishable.
Also, while the allotment of natural resources for business companies, bids’ selection should be transparent.
There should be online details regarding the government’s benefit, the purchase price, and even benefit the company out of the deals. This will limit the corruption related to quid pro quo.
9. Keep inflation low
This is another factor for keeping corruption high and also persistent. Due to a rise in prices, any amount of income seems to be insufficient.
This inflation is corruption involving politicians and businesspeople. Business people try to raise the prices to sell their inventory or stock of goods at a higher price.
For this, the politicians support them and are paid monetary or other benefits.
This is a cheap business tactic, but even the so-called richest business magnets play this corruption game. So, keeping inflation low not only minimizes corruption but also reduces poverty.
10. Keep transactions online and provide a bill for every purchase
Many of them do not pay taxes and escape due to corruption in the income tax department.
Making payments online through bank accounts and provision of bills for every financial transaction involving helps regulate it.
In other words, the public should opt for cashless transactions where possible. This will limit the corruption related to money.
11. Speed up the judgment and increase the courts
Many cases of corruption take years to be given a verdict. This delay in cases creates a lack of fear of being corrupt and encourages further corruption.
Besides, a huge time span for court trials gives sufficient time to alter the witness and escape punishments.
Establishing fast-track courts and giving severe punishment for corruption practices will keep control of corruption.
Besides these, there should be collective efforts from the public to prevent corruption.
If there is corruption for so long, it indicates even the people voting for their leaders do not consider this and vote based on fantasy or factors like religion, etc.
Even though options like electronic financial transactions and enhanced vigilance are put into practice, corruption can still occur if the public is not united to eradicate it. So the mindset of the public plays a significant role here.
Note: If you have any other methods which you think will help get rid of corruption, kindly share them below.:-).