My responses to details sought by the Integrity Vice-Presidency of the World Bank on 12nov 09

My responses to details sought by the Integrity Vice-Presidency of the World Bank are as follows

1. The World Bank Project name my complaint makes reference to: Financial Assistance given to Karnataka for Structural reforms from 2001 onwards particularly KERL and Health Development Projects

2. What alleged wrongdoing you are reporting, A High Level Committee on Anti-Corruption as part of reform agreement with the World Bank was constituted but was first not allowed to function and later was clandestinely abolished allowing looting of money in hundreds of crores taken from the World Bank

3. Where and when (dates and times if available), event: I had made request for placing corruption cases pertaining to Energy sector and Health Department before the High Level Committee in May 2007 but the Committee was got abolished in November 2007 after I made the request and the fact that it was abolished was kept a secret till August 2009. But I made many requests to the Chief Secretary to place corrupt practices of senior IAS officers (all of them are involved in implementing one or the other World Bank assisted projects till today).The reports bearing No#####. and No ###### given to the Chief Secretary have not been given to me till today though sought under the RTI Act many times by me. In 2007 a KAS officer (That officer’s first name is ####) was demanded Rs 20 lakhs to get a posting as Manager in the Health Development Project and when that officer expressed his inability to pay a notoriously corrupt officer was posted. Today’s newspapers carry a report stating that another very corrupt officer (against whom Lokayukta sent a report to take action against him) who was recently transferred from Health Department is being again retransferred. Such high level corruption gets reflected in very substandard works with inflated expenditure. It should be not at all difficult for the World Bank to get details of such works. I had sought copies of files under the RTI Act and the Chief Information Commissioner had directed the Public Information Officer to give me copies more than a year back but till today the information have not been given (As I had seen the information about corruption in the Chief Information Commissioner’s Office for a very short time I do not remember which particular file contains the needed information. However I am giving the list of all files sought by me. These are: ####, ####, ####,####, ####, ####, #####, ####,####,####,####,#####, #### and files listed by the DPAR in its letter dated #####)

4. Who is/are the perpetrators: Powerful Corrupt officers are Sri ###, Sri ###, Sri ### (took voluntary retirement after I sought information about his assets under the RTI Act. His ########## massively disproportionate assets), Sri ###, Sri #### (just before he ############ by the DPAR), Sri ##### (whose massive disproportionate assets though published many times in the newspaper but no action has been taken.) These officers continue to perpetuate corruption irrespective of the post they occupy. These officers were shielded by Sri PB Mahishi (who was removed from the post of Chief Secretary after the corruption cases (including a CBI FIR) against him was exposed by my website http://fightcorruption.wikidot.com); Sri Sudhakar Rao (retired as Chief Secretary last month but I have lodged complaint against him with various Statutory authorities in the Country. Though ###################### till today #####################################. On the other hand Sri PB Mahishi told in my presence that he shields corrupt officers and mentioned 800 crores corruption case he shielded. Luckily the conversation recorded by his own office was made available to me later and I handed over a CD containing the Chief Secretary mentioning he shields corrupt officers to the Lokayukta (Vigilance Ombudsman in Karnataka) . Sri Sudhakar Rao threatened me by sending an email message stating that if I don’t stop pursuing the cases, then other honest officers would be troubled. This was reported on 14/4/2008 in The Indian Express (Bangalore Edition)- a Major National newspaper in India) other details of his corrupt practices are available in my complaint and also about the difficulty in getting the exact files. I have sought time from the present Chief secretary Sri S.V.Ranganath to discuss all major corruption related issues and in particular revival of the clandestinely abolished High Level Committee on Anti-Corruption. But till today he has not given time. Unlike his predecessors Sri S.V.Ranganath has given details of his assets when sought under the RTI Act . World Bank can certainly revive the High-level Committee on Anti-corruption by pursuing the matter with the present Chief Secretary. I have given complaint to the President of India on these issues and the matter has been referred to the Home Ministry as already informed to the Integrity Vice Presidency.

5. How the individual committed the alleged wrongdoing, Senior corrupt IAS Officers including the Chief Secretaries kept quiet after getting the High Level Committee on Anti-Corruption abolished for nearly two years even though the Chief Secretaries were requested repeatedly to refer the cases reported by us to the High Level Committee on Anti-Corruption. If the High Level Committee on Anti-Corruption had functioned as notified, all major corruption that are happening in Karnataka today(including World bank assisted projects) could have been prevented significantly. If the files sought had been given and if the High Level Committee on anti-Corruption had been functioning then the details of manner in which even other officers who are indulging in massive corruption would have come to light. The files /reports listed by me at Sl No. 3 gives the manner in which corruption takes place at the highest level.

6. Why you believe the activity was improper. : We have lodged many complaints of corrupt practices of senior bureaucrats with the Lokayukta but none of them have been acted upon by the Lokayukta claiming he does not have power to tackle senior IAS officers. But the High Level Committee on Anti-Corruption was also got abolished on the ground that the Lokayukta would be given more power including empowering him to take action against all IAS Officers. But unfortunately even nearly two years after the High Level committee on Anti-Corruption got abolished Lokayukta has not been given power to tackle senior IAS officers who indulge in massive corruption. On the Other hand other corrupt officers have been asked to give their recommendations on serious reports given against many IAS officers by the Lokayukta The World Bank which was happy with the creation of the High Level Committee on Anti-Corruption is not bothered about its abolition on false pretexts which in a way is responsible for making Karnataka one of the most corrupt States in India. If anyone reads nowadays any newspaper in India , the fact that very democracy itself has become causality in Karnataka becomes clear. The World Bank not acting upon this serious lapse and the World Bank continuing to lend money to Karnataka ignoring this would amount to not just shielding the corrupt but promoting and sustaining corruption in Karnataka. Unlike other types of corruption this type of corruption has proliferated corruption in every field in Karnataka and the World Bank has to be held guilty if it does not act even after bringing such a lapse to its notice. As ########################## set right It is to be noted that as part of observing the Vigilance Week (3/11/09 to 7/11/09), on 7/11/09 ################# witnesses). What I am requesting the Integrity Vice Presidency is to address the major lapse which has resulted in rampant, brazen corruption not just in the World Bank assisted Projects but also in ALL OTHER PROGRAMS funded by the State and the central government. As poor women and Children have been worst affected by such glaring corruption , the Integrity Vice Presidency is requested to act immediately at least to bring in Systemic Changes by forcing Government of Karnataka to revive the High Level committee on anti-Corruption before giving any further financial assistance to even for ongoing projects.

Note: Excluding names and file details the above responses would be put on my website http://fightcorruption.wikidot.com . An email containing such an edited material would be also sent to the following:

Sri Pratyush Sinha, Chief Vigilance Commissioner

Sri S.V.Ranganath,IAS, Chief Secretary to Government of Karnataka,

Hon’ble Justice Sri Santosh Hegde, Lokayukta, Karnataka

Sri K.K. Misra, Chief Information commissioner, Karnataka Information Commission

Sri KC Jain,Joint Secretary (Coord & PG), Home Miinistry, Government of India

Mr. Roberto Zagha, Country Director for India, The World Bank

JN Jayashree

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