Nowadays I can see a flood of grants by Government, for public welfare. I do not want to debate on, whether this is a investment towards the vote bank or a truly socialistic move. But what appears to me is that, the socialistic improvement in the nation is not proportional to the money that is being spent. Public distribution system in India is like a long pipe with holes on its periphery – majority of the water is lost as leakages from the pipe.
How does a community like Singapore or US, is very conscious about the behavior in the society, in terms of driving, cleanliness etc.? A fact cannot be denied that even Indians in those countries, are so different from those we see in India. They seem to be so organized abroad, than at home. The major factor for this aberration is – weak or lack of supervision in India. Fines are to be imposed on those who violate traffic rules; but these rules are not strictly enforced by the traffic police. The reason is that the traffic police is not accountable to anyone – not even their supervisors. Their supervisors do not care much about, whether their subordinates are doing their duty right. This attitude goes on till the top levels of the echelon. I do not want to pin point the Police Department; it is just to be taken as an example.
When supervision is improved and supervisors at all levels do their duty right, then the welfare and goodness will reach down to the public. This is true both in monetary as well as legal terms. Government has a lot to learn from the Corporate management. In a corporate which operates, with the profit as an ‘unspoken’ objective, cannot afford to have perfunctory supervisors. Government is nothing but a corporate, with people as stakeholders. Since the voice of the real stakeholders are less heard, the Government is accountable to none. This attitude must change and the change must come from the top. Supervisors at all levels are concerned, just about their welfare, jeopardizing the welfare of the public. This is in stark contrast to a corporate environment – where the supervisors have twin goals of corporate welfare and their own remuneration.
As a very rough calculation, let us make an assumption that ‘Money obtained by Government officials as bribes = Money evaded by the Public as Taxes’. So, if the public has paid this sum to the Government as taxes, instead of bribes, then we can safely say ‘Money to the Government for public welfare = 0.4(Money obtained as taxes) & Money to the Government officials as perks or wage increases = 0.6(Money obtained as taxes)’. Thus, the same money would have been utilized in a different manner.
So the supervisors at all levels of the Government must tighten their clutches and make themselves accountable to the public. This will make sure that all Public welfare measures, do justice to their name by reaching the public. Otherwise, no amount of money would be just sufficient to improve the Socio-economic condition of our country. Jai Hind!