GUWAHATI, Aug 25 � Why is there corruption? Because selfish people practise bribery to get their interests served, said Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi at a press conference here today. He suggested that the people should vow not to give bribe for getting their interests served.
He also wondered as to why those who are compelled to grease the palms of the officials in the Government offices are not lodging any complaint alleging that they are forced to give bribe. He was replying to a question on corruption.
When asked whether he had faced any compelling situation in his life that prompted him to bribe the officials for getting his things done, he said that he had not bribed anyone, but had coaxed officials.
He told that one Superintendent of Police (SP) had told him that he (the SP) had to pay the tea bills of the surveyors (mandals) for getting his things done in a Government office. The Chief Minister admitted that he himself had to pay such tea bills on occasions, to get his things done. It needs mention here that the Chief Minister has been claiming these days that corruption has become all pervasive and even some of the mediapersons also have become corrupt.