New broom sweeps clean, fights cronyism, partisanship and prejudice
DR ABDUL MAJID SIRAJ
Congratulations Ministers of governance. You have already demonstrated how keen you are in working towards creating jobs, providing basic energy needs, efficient transport and traffic systems, institutions for education and health and structuring tiers of benevolent governance in all other fields. You have become the drivers of the daily lives of your citizens. As observers from outside we know how difficult it would be to break into the stone of custom and chaos. The lineage of bureaucracy is laid out and files are piled up on your table as your commissioner secretary enters your room with his words of wisdom and experience. He knows the job of quick disposal of cases. New projects that need be inaugurated by you take priority.
Congratulations Minister, you have overcome these tempting overtures. You know well that it is hard to find sustained financial support for the new ventures but this exercise has political rewards (you are told). The photographer is handy and he makes rounds of important corridors to be available at short notice. Photographs portray joy or grief, concern or pride of an achievement or announcements for public. The department of information and media also require a good supply of photographs to append on press releases.
Congratulations Minister for this demonstrative bureaucracy that is forced upon you like a garland that accompanies you everywhere. It is outside this bureaucratic tangle that you have taken the right decisions. You have understood the needs of the society that you can redress and that lies within your competence. You have undertaken a survey of all the dire requirements than can be solved within your powers. You are determined to see the works you undertake to a successful end.
You have risen above the constant persuasive propositions made by your heads of departments working under your ministry. Having understood their intentions you have directed all the chiefs to be present at their work. The director of education will be instructing a headmaster in a school, a chief engineer with a spade in his hand is instructing construction workers, the head of Health is in a remote dispensary directing medical care and so on. The heads in your department will have no time for personal visits to your home.
Congratulations Minister, you have made a mark in controlling your civil servants who have turned their institutions into comforts and joys of power. They use government servants working as cooks at home. You refuse to be drawn in by their manipulative overtures. In these hard times money is imperative in jobs. You have rejected the culture of money changing hands between people and employees at a great discomfort for yourself. Your own effort replaces this hideous catalyst of cash rewards. Your subordinate employees expect a vigilant, sharp, short and efficient chain of command and work becomes their worship. They all look at you and work for an honest wage they expect at the end of the month. You get the jobs done expeditiously and efficiently.
Congratulations Sir ! Your reward is waiting for you. As the maxim goes ‘virtue is its own reward’. Your conscience celebrates and a lasting joy inhabits your heart. As an outcome of your efforts the whole of your department is stirred into action. You have set an example of good governance for all your colleagues. You have worked hard in log rolling exercises in budget sessions to receive funds and achieve your objectives. You have created a culture of saving resources for environment and your nation. Your employees now walk to work or use public transport sitting next to ordinary people in an understanding way as equal citizens. The days of ugly white ambassador cars and roving PSO culture are gone.
These cars are a part of our diseases because they pollute environment and traffic. I beg indulgence in quoting a recent episode in British parliament. Labour MP Fabian Hamilton tabled a question to ask why Transport Minister Simon Burns uses a government car and not use the train from home. Burns defended by saying that he has to carry classified documents that need security and for that reason only he works in the car driven by a driver. Fabian and others including David Cameron the Prime Minister of United Kingdom use a bicycle to work. In Kashmir the PA to the under secretary travels in a flashing jeep or ambassador car seen tearing through public spaces. Congratulations dear Minister for having stopped these crimes against a nation that is already suffering dire adversity in tumultuous times . Sir ! We will see you again at election time.
Lastupdate on : Thu, 31 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 31 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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