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In what appears to be a case of too little too late, Delhi government’s attempt to launch an ‘anti-graft drive’ has only confirmed the obvious. The national capital is the hot bed of systemic corruption, ranging across fair price shops, transport department offices, schools, petrol pumps, wholesale drug dealers and pretty much every outlet meant for subsidised essential items and services. That irregularities were found in almost half of the raided government-owned stores, testify to the absolute lack of any checking mechanism to counter the unbridled menace. Although the citywide anti-graft campaign was meant to nab the hoarders and black marketers from the rest, what really came to light was the pitiable condition of the public distribution system in the national capital. With fair price shops regularly overcharging, in blatant violation of the Essential Commodities Act, 1955, the denizens of Delhi have been left to scrounge for the crumbs. Petrol pumps have been found to use faulty measures, while some zonal transport offices were discovered to be indulging in frequent touting. Insulin cartridges, meant for hospitals only, were found being in ‘grey market’, while the medicine storages stayed below par. Government schools have not filled up the requisite number of reserved seats meant for children from economically weaker sections. In sum, Delhi was once again proved to be the corruption capital, with state-owned offices leading the fraudulent pack. In fact, in 2005, Supreme Court had observed how infested with sleazy incompetence was the Capital’s PDS, easily the most poorly implemented in the country.
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