In the course of a meeting with MPAs, Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif made a very pertinent observation, that one of the main causes of poverty was corruption. This is the real objection to corruption in government, in that it results in the impoverishment of the taxpayer, because he does not get from the government the facilities or protection he expects in return for the taxes he pays. Mian Shahbaz, as head of the government of the largest province, is responsible for the delivery of the most services to the majority of the countrys population. Apart from maintaining law and order, there is healthcare and education. Though these are neither the sole sources of corruption, and nor do they cover the whole range of provincial activities, they provide a very important source of corruption, and of the impoverishment of the people. Apart from direct corruption by officials, both on the provision of services as well as on purchases, the improper decisions that corruption causes, and which indeed is the reason for its existence, will cause poverty, because those decisions are meant to ensure that the rich get richer, at government expense, and the poor get poorer. It is because the provincial governments deal with more people than the federal that provincial governments are so afflicted by corruption, with all its harmful effects. Therefore, it is at the provincial level that tackling this menace becomes all the more important. This is because it is at the provincial level that habits are acquired, both by bureaucrats and politicians, which lead to corruption at the federal level. However, the failure of federal politicians to set an example of honesty has played a great role in making corruption acceptable. Mian Shahbaz has been laying great emphasis not just on service delivery but also elimination of corruption. As a result, the aim appears not merely to score successes in particular fields of governance, but to improve it overall, to achieve the goal of turning the rulers of the people from those who exploit the resources of the state into those who serve the people, by solving their problems and meeting their needs. However, the end of corruption cannot be an isolated event, or limited to one province alone. Not only must the other provinces follow the example set by Punjab, but the federal government must also follow suit, and stop the proliferation of high-profile scandals afflicting the central government by ending corruption within its ranks, and by ensuring that the guilty are punished and made to disgorge their ill-gotten gains, however highly placed they might be.