India has lost more than 50,000 public servants in the past decade due to corruption, according to the government’s latest report on the country’s economic performance.
In the five years to June 2019, the government said it had lost 2.9 million civil servants, 6.3 million public sector employees and 6.2 million public and private sector employees due to graft.
The country’s economy is still in recovery from the 2008-09 global financial crisis and has been recovering in every year since.
The government says it has made significant progress in tackling graft and corruption in the last five years.
However, the country has not yet eliminated the problem.
The last government that held office from May 2020 until February 2021 said it has reduced the number of public sector civil servants to 7.2 lakh, down from 12 lakh in 2017.
The number of private sector civil servant has fallen from 3.1 lakh in 2020 to 2.8 lakh in 2021.
The total number of civil servants in public and state governments has also declined from 9.7 lakh to 6.7 million.
The overall number of employees has remained stable.
However in the first quarter of 2021, the ministry of home affairs (MHA) said there were 4,715 graft cases against 8,924 civil servants and 2,827 public sector personnel, down slightly from the previous quarter.
The country’s civil servants are also more likely to face corruption charges in their cases than the civil servants from other ministries.
In its first quarter report, the MHA said it was investigating 2,531 cases against 5,071 employees, down by 2.2% from the first three quarters of the year.
The previous quarter, there were 5,913 cases against 3,891 employees.
In a recent report, a UPA government-appointed committee said India was witnessing the biggest surge in corruption since the 1980s.
In recent years, corruption has increased as a result of the emergence of political parties and NGOs, and the emergence in the 1980-92 period of “soft power”, which included money laundering, bribery and other illicit activities.
The report said that while the government is fighting corruption through aggressive anti-graft measures, it is also fighting the spread of corruption through “toxic” practices.