New Delhi: Calling for ruthless crackdown on corruption, the government's pre-Budget Economic Survey however warned that a large and cumbersome anti-corruption bureaucracy could impact decision-making process.
"While we need to ruthlessly crack down on corruption, it must, at the same time, be recognised that the fear of a large and cumbersome anti-corruption bureaucracy can be detrimental to risk taking and may hamper legitimate activities in public institutions," said the Economic Survey 2011-12, which was tabled in Parliament on Thursday.
Citing a research paper by A Banerjee, S Cole and E Duflo on the Indian banking sector, it noted that the fear of prosecution for corruption resulted in reduced lending in an affected branch of a PSU bank as well as in neighbouring branches for around two years.
"In essence, smart policy design needs to be distinguished from mere procedural tightening and bureaucratic expansion, since the latter, if not properly thought out, can increase inefficiencies and wastage in public expenditure and service delivery," the document said.
The observation comes amidst civil society seeking an anti-graft ombudsman, Lokpal, covering all central and state government employees, judiciary and having investigating and prosecution powers.
The Congress-led UPA government had been against a single body idea as it feels it would need a huge workforce.
Again citing a research paper by O Bandiera and A Prat titled 'Active and Passive Waste in Government Spending: Evidence from Policy Experiment', the survey said that corruption and poor governance have been major problems in many countries.

It, however, added that "often, attempts to curb corruption are accompanied by increase in regulation and this may prove to be counter-productive in terms of increasing the overall inefficiency.
The document also cites example of corruption in public procurement where price of the goods is inflated in lieu of bribe.
There are substantial differences in the average prices paid by different bodies and these differences are correlated with the type of institution, the survey said citing paper by O Bandiera and A Prat titled' Active and Passive Waste in Government Spending: Evidence from Policy Experiment'.
According to an analysis of the paper, semi-autonomous bodies pay the lowest price, regional government pays 21 percent more and average ministry pays the most at about 40 percent higher.