It is quite common these days to see people are being looted because of the corruption be it in hospital or other government departments, I see it very hard for us to escape from the venom of corruption.
Recently, my father underwent a surgery for cataract in his eyes. From admission in the hospital to surgery, he was not allowed to move for an inch without bribe and even after being operated he was not spared to move outside the theatre without being asked for bribe. At first a lady worker, being paid for her services by the health department handsomely, also demands no less than Rs100/- per patient.
Later on my father was greeted by a duo of women whom we could not recognize. When we asked them, they proudly said that they work in the particular hospital for the “welfare” of patients but were quick to ask for their share of bribe. Then there is a sweeper lady. She also needs her part of the share.
When you are being discharged, you are greeted by ward-in-charge. With a broad smile, that takes you think for a while that she is probably the honest worker, also demands her share.
Seeing all this, I got angry to find myself in such a situation. When workers are more interested in looting the patients, it is simple to say that they worship looting instead of work. Despite all these things, I put up a brave face to somehow avoid this nuisance. It is not even easy for people to get sick these days.
These people make sure that one leaves the hospital empty handed. In some hospitals, it is displayed beware of pick pockets, but who can save anyone from the so called legal employed pick pockets?
I realized that one may be spared by regular pick pockets but not she/he can be saved from these employed cheats seen in our hospitals.
I have experienced the same thing when I was moving from one government to the other in in order to get NOCs for my building permission.
Although, we live in digital era and NOCs could be send online, but they stop the issuance of NOC until you are present physically and they can loot you in broad day light.
If such a mess continues then how one can expect a poor man to get his work done without paying a penny?
Building permission fees was just Rs 4000/- but the money that I spent to get the NOCs was much more.
Jammu and Kashmir will never progress until the bribe menace is eradicated from our society. Not everyone here can afford to fill pockets of these money hungry corrupt officials.
It is people like us who are made to suffer because of the corrupt officials in every government department.
Let us together start a campaign at individual levels so that poor people are not made to suffer because of menace of corruption.