Editorial

Zero accountability

Editorial

It is a fact that truth has been banished from our society a long time ago. Next to the whirlpool of falsehood caused by the exiled truth, the other worst aspect of our society in all spheres of activity is the lack of accountability. No one is accountable to no one! Each for himself – a virtual free for all! Let us begin with the most nagging problem at present, the electric power. Why are we in a total mess? Simply because there has been no accountability of either the rulers or of the engineers who not only helped them but also share the blame for the present mess. Except for some hollow rhetoric no one has taken any practical steps to mitigate the problem. The engineers too have been sailing along with the corrupt rulers. Let us turn to our day to day living. The worst mess is in the regulation of traffic. Zero accountability not only of the personnel of the traffic police from the constable to the top but a free for all for everyone on the road. The most annoying are the auto rickshaw (in Dimapur) and mini buses/taxis (in Kohima) who stop anywhere on the road to pick up or drop passengers. They don’t care as they are paying regular hafta to traffic police which goes from the beat constable to the top. The auto drivers running from left to right all over the place is a constant sight. Most of the drivers whether driving private cars, motorbikes, mini-buses, buses, trucks or any moveable thing on the road have no idea of traffic rules. Overtaking, use of side indicators, cutting in and out of lanes, etc. are Greek to most of the drivers here. The worst violators of the rules are the drivers carrying the so called VVIPs/VIPs and their escorts. They don’t bother at all and often jump the traffic signals. Ironically, an ambulance carrying a patient gets stuck in traffic while a so called VIP gets smooth passage! Now consider the use of footpaths. Most of these are either taken over by the vendors or occupied by shopkeepers displaying their wares outside their shops. Next, the healthcare is an apology. The government hospitals are in total mess. In the private sector there is a mushroom growth of so called hospitals/nursing home. Most of these can’t be called a hospital as these are not equipped with full-fledged life-saving and resuscitation facilities. They have often referred their cases to outside the state. These so called hospitals have only scanty resident consultant staff and have to depend on part-time consultants from the government hospitals or from outside the state. Perhaps our state must be the only place in the world where private consultants have a two to three month wait! Here, people have to wait for surgeries for months to get their turn. A person with multiple problems may have to be referred to three different places for treatment! Now in education sector, there is a mushroom growth of private schools under all sorts of Christian names. While we have all these institutions churning out thousands of boys and girls adding to the already severe problem of educated unemployed, no concerted effort is being made to impart vocational training on a large scale with placement avenues. The only avenue for an educated youth is government job even at the lowest level regardless of his/her qualification. He considers it some sort of social security in the prevalent uncertain atmosphere. On the other hand we have thousands of outsiders working on various vocational and manual jobs. Our people have altogether given up manual labour thanks to progress and modernization! The story is the same in all other sectors, be it the violations of master plan and building bye laws; the disposal of sewerage and drainage by hotels; destruction of environment, the merciless cutting of forests by timber smugglers in connivance with authorities supposed to protect these, etc. No accountability! The courts sometimes pull up the executive but the thoroughly corrupt administration presided over by the corrupt rulers find ways to even evade these legal directions. One sometimes feels that this total lack of accountability is a divine curse on our state. Perhaps, only a Noah’s flood may cleanse it!

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