Bureaucracy has always been the backbone of any government. The first bane on the part of the government staff is that the majority of them is corrupt despite the fact that Anti-corruption department makes it efforts to punish the staff members who are tainted by corruption. However, graft cannot be eliminated from the government departments until and unless the politicians vowed to give up corrupt practices which start from the elections to their whole career as MLAs, MLCs, MPs and then ministers. Lokayuktas are there to curb graft on the part of politicians and others but their functioning is not above the board. The Lokpal post for which Anna Hazare launched the historic movement is not established so far. The other evil trend among the bureaucracy is that the officers have political bias towards the ruling party for sops and other benefits. A stark example of political bias has come to light recently.
The Madras High Court on November 13 quashed demand notices by the Income Tax department to former Union Minister P Chidambaram, his wife Nalni Chidambaram, son Karti and daughter-in-law Srinidhi Karti seeking payment of tax along with penalty for income earned by them from a 200-acre coffee estate in the official year 2009-10.
Justice T S Sivagnanam allowed the writ petition by Chidambaram family on the ground that the assessing officer had given no plausible reason for reopening the case in 2016 despite the fact that the entire process closed in 2011. The judge observed that it was discriminatory to single out members of one particular family from among thousands of assesses. This bias on the part of bureaucracy is generally seen but sometimes the ruling party is instrumental to spread the feeling of political discrimination particularly when it is supported by the vast cadre of workers.