May Bureaucrats and Politicians Steal a little, as long as they Perform? This is a point of debate. One might consider the following instances: Congress has had many a cases of corruption, but at the same time they have had the most impact on India, because it is Congress that started liberalization. BJP has had fewer cases of corruption, but thier impact on India has been similarly less than Congress. Left has had negligible cases of corruption, but they, in turn have largely shied away from participating in the government (with the exception of CPI); i.e., discounting outside support. Please read the article below: Indian minister says bureaucrats 'can steal a little' Source: Indian minister says bureaucrats 'can steal a little' - Telegraph Are Bureaucrats' and politicians' salaries too low that they are forced to steal a little? One has to consider the fact that private sector salaries often reach more than that of the President. Well, that is technically not possible, but we all know how perks and benefits can make a gross pay exceed that of the President.