Thursday, June 17, 2021

Polluted system

The true face of democracy continues to elude our people due to lack of impartiality and sincerity within the system of governance. In every field of life, the levels of transparency are lacking which otherwise should have been the essence of people’s governance we had opted. Dictatorship has its own unwritten rules; rules to encourage nepotism and favoritism to ensure fortification of the system of ruthless governance and the strengthening of dynastic rule. Democracy is largely influenced by the thumb rule of equality with a great deal of honesty, impartiality and sincerity but the same is missing in our democratic system. Perhaps in early years our State might have faced a number of bottlenecks and administrative hiccups which compelled our leaders to make some compromises. But if records of the last few decades of governance are to be checked they will be strewn with loads of unjustified favors to few selected ones. Every Government aspect like appointments and elevations, providing of vital licenses and permits, benefits in industrial and other sectors, subsidies, Government sponsored loans and allotment of Government land is plagued with the bug of partiality. We have shouldered the burden of many heads of governments since statehood and everyone has knowingly or unknowingly allowed the nepots and sycophants to flourish with limitless benefits. In almost all governments, excepting few, everyone in collaboration with the mighty and powerful have resorted to unfair means of elevating their favorites and kin. A casual look will reveal the facts that many politicians, bureaucrats and powerful people have rehabilitated their sons, daughters and kin on vital posts in the administration or have promoted them comfortably by other covert means. No one can deny this fact as records will reveal how rules were manipulated and norms floated. Exceptions are there but they are lost under the imposing shadow of rampant deceit, mistrust, partiality, dishonesty, insincerity, nepotism, and exploitation. For instance take the Government service sector. Almost all regimes have indulged in favoritism, where even least qualified were so craftily employed and elevated that they became baggage of elite state administrative services in later years. Some nepots who joined the Government as simple third grade staff ended up their carrier as head of the departments. Not as much qualified personal staff of ministers became top officers and line seniority drama was enacted for few to elevate them over the heads of many who were far senior to them. Rules were changed and tampered to accommodate loved ones. The only qualification taken into consideration while justifying these irregularities was relation to mighty and powerful. This was democratic governance administered by our elected representatives! Every state department is full of these blooming favorites who have rewritten their fate and destiny with the active support of their masters and have become effective tools to fleece the common man. These preferred blue eyed people have become instruments of deceit and corruption as they are immune to all sort of accountability. Thus these chosen ones are responsible for polluting the whole democratic setup, fondly called ‘government by the people’ for lesser mortals. This is all mockery of people’s representation. No doubt democracy is the only practical solution for judicious and effective governance for civilized societies but this flawed democracy sometimes compels one to believe otherwise. In recent times, many backdoor appointments and elevations have been plugged by the awareness of common man, but a new ploy of ad-hocism is now used to promote preferred and discourage the eligible ones. Politicians and bureaucrats’ use this tactic not only to sponsor blue eyed people but to exploit the legitimate ones for their own interests. Own pay and grade and additional charge system have become part of our administration just to brow beat the best ones and sponsor the favorites. Also additional charges have become order of the day. Indeed our people had pinned their hopes on the return of the former chief minister to the helm in the State after a 5-years sabbatical in Delhi; that at least he will now cleanse the system of this nuisance of favoritism, unjustified elevations and ad-hocism. Unfortunately he is seen delivering the same old wine in new rosy bottles. Recent administrative reshuffles, particularly in the civil administration, give a grim picture, where those old weary and some blue eyed people have been endorsed to run the affairs of the administration in vital positions.