Eradication of corruption is need of the hour. Wrong state decisions, increasing lawlessness, inefficient criminal justice system and serious erosion of legitimacy of authority are the order of the day. It is believed that the root cause behind all these problems is corruption. The abuse of public office for private gains has emerged as a fashion, both among government officials and policymakers. Another reason of widespread corruption is that the majority of our law enforcement agencies are not really committed to fighting corruption. There is no doubt that rampant corruption springs from the leniency that our law enforcers and politicians show towards corrupt individuals. It is also a fact that the ultimate source of corrupt behavior is the availability of bribe. Another reason is that the principles of good governance are nowhere to be found at government level. Corruption exists because of institutional inefficiencies, such as political instability, bureaucratic red-tapism, and weak legislative system. Discretionary powers vested in the public servants are yet another major cause of corruption. The local public servants are unaccountable to people and are often the masters, rather than servants. Corruption is reducing economic growth of the country by lowering incentives to invest. Corrupt politicians try to spend more funds on those projects, which may produce large commissions or kickbacks. Tax collectors tend to enjoy their discretionary powers to distribute the tax money instead of paying to Government exchequer. Corruption needs extraordinary measures to be controlled. SHAUKAT MASOOD ZAFAR, Islamabad, October 9.