Sunday, July 25, 2021

Willful inefficiency

Editorial 2

For years now, successive governments in Nagaland have blamed the unresolved Naga issue for all the ills in the state, including mis-governance. But it is a fact that one of the basic causes of conflict in our society is mis-governance, utterly corrupt, impotent and non-performing governments for the last many decades. It is responsible for the persisting tragedy. It is the total failure in all parameters of governance in the state, primarily basic policing to prevent crimes. Instead of effective policing to prevent violent crimes, the blame was conveniently shifted to the unresolved Naga issue. The crises of governance largely arise from the state’s inability to govern, in contrast to rule, which enfeebles their ability to ensure human security but strengthens inhumane governance. Sure many states in the country have serious governance issues; crime, violence and terror are increasingly showing their ugly heads; the nexus between mafia and politicians, low-level government staff and even the general public, makes mafia powerful. Naturally, governance is at a record low level. In our state, despite the mentioned problems we have some other problems also like befooling our educated youth in the name of employment or some other government facilities, like bank loans, self employment schemes, fourth grade jobs, and degrading educational system, ailing health services, nepotism and favoritism, etc. To appreciate what is going on in the state one should understand the dynamics of conflict and the basic tenets of good policing. Many observers believe today that solution to the decades old problem may lie in self-governance. Mere promises and slogans won’t do when situation has come to such a pass. Drastic action is needed. A sincere and devoted fight against the menace of corruption is always welcome but it should be directed against top brass in bureaucracy. A number of developmental works envisaged bettering the plight of the people but most projects are axed before they could really take off and those that do takes off fails to see completion. Who does not know that hundreds of crores get wasted or lapsed due to untimely decisions taken by babus and bureaucrats in the civil secretariat? Any RTI will reveal that crores of rupees lapse in education and health sectors, but there could hardly be a school or a first aid center in a village which have adequate accommodation or facilities. Every government school and a first aid center or PHC has huge dearth of staff, but who cares. The condition of main drains, roads and inner links is like an ugly blot on the face of the government. Corruption, nepotism, favoritism and cuts have been informally legalized here. Our rulers lack zeal, interest, intent and road map to address the problems facing the people. Also take work culture in our government offices. We all have at one point or other experienced delay and decay in our governance. File movement from one table to another in any government offices here takes 2-3 months, especially in the state secretariat. The intentional delay in delivery of good governance is not confined to the four walls of civil secretariat but widespread; almost in every aspect of governance. These delay tactics are encouraged and run by few bureaucrats who either have to hide their inefficiency or explore it as an instrument of corruption and nepotism. And for those bureaucrats, who continues to claim that there is good governance here, they should take out some time to visit just the habitations within one kilometer radius of the civil secretariat and they will find that coffins of their claims of good governance, accountability and transparency have been waiting for the burial since long. Indeed for many decades now we are stuck in a quagmire of political uncertainty, and our prime concern should have been to come out of it. Unfortunately some of us have turned shameless providing an easy opportunity to ridicule the whole state as insensitive, heartless people who could not learn the essence of nationhood after experiencing so much gloom, death and destruction. There is deep-rooted willful inefficiency in our administrative system. For long there is systematic rot in the organizational structure patronized for the last several decades to create a different pattern of political constituency oriented dogmatic politics. It is time we change our political mindset and weed out the politics and polity of exploitation, patronizing disgraceful administrative delivery system of delay and decay.