In a disheartening revelation, the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has highlighted a persistent trend in corruption cases, with Rajasthan and Maharashtra securing the unenviable position of recording the highest number of cases for three consecutive years. The recently released 2022 annual report brings to light a 10.5% surge in overall corruption cases across the country, painting a concerning picture of the prevalence of corrupt practices.
Rajasthan's Unsettling Streak
For Rajasthan, the NCRB report underscores a disconcerting streak, marking the state as a consistent contender for the highest number of corruption cases. In the year 2022 alone, Rajasthan reported 511 cases, a significant rise from 501 cases in 2021 and 363 cases in 2020. The numbers paint a troubling narrative of corruption's endurance in the state.
Maharashtra's Uphill Battle
Simultaneously, Maharashtra, despite being an economic powerhouse and cultural hub, faces its own uphill battle against corruption. The state reported 773 cases in 2022, reflecting a consistent increase from 749 cases in the previous year and 664 cases in 2020. The NCRB report sheds light on the challenges Maharashtra confronts in curbing corrupt practices within its administrative folds.
The national panorama reveals a staggering 4,139 corruption cases reported in India last year. Trap cases, accounting for more than half of the total, amounting to 2,883 cases, lead the unfortunate tally. The NCRB report categorizes these cases into criminal misconduct (547 cases) and those involving disproportionate assets (372 cases), offering insights into the multifaceted nature of corruption prevailing across the country.
Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu emerge as the hotspots for trap cases, emphasizing the need for targeted anti-corruption measures in these regions. Among Union territories, Jammu and Kashmir stands out with the highest number of corruption cases, signaling the need for focused interventions even in the smaller administrative units.
As Rajasthan and Maharashtra grapple with the disheartening distinction of leading the corruption charts for three consecutive years, the NCRB report serves as a wake-up call for both states and the nation at large. The battle against corruption demands a collective effort, stringent measures, and a renewed commitment to fostering transparency and accountability within our administrative machinery. The report's revelations necessitate not just introspection but concrete actions to break free from the grip of corruption and build a more equitable and just society.