It is high time the nation discusses the impact of conflicts of interest in the public domain, says Congress MP from Tamil Nadu, E.M. Sudarsana Natchiappan. He explains why to Outlook.
Your bill speaks of conflict of interest arising out of public functionaries misusing office. What about Parliament?
The composition of the Rajya Sabha, for example, has changed vastly from 20 years ago. Big businessmen like Vijay Mallya, who earlier wouldn’t spend any time with politicians, are now taking time out to be present in the House. And there are several others like him. So it is important that we have the practice of disclosures in public space, through law. But it’s not just MPs or ministers or bureaucrats or corporate honchos. Conflict of interest is widespread.
How does it go beyond politicians and why are such conflicts unfair or a corrupt practice?
I feel the source of corruption lies in suppressing the conflict of interest when personal...