Sedated subjects of a diseased set up

We notice gross violations and then turn a blind eye towards this all!



Every Government is judged by its people through the prism of its governance that operates through its different departments. Couple of decades before I would see the banners on road side walls: “Any one giving information about Small Pox will be given Rs.1000/-prize”. This was simply to ensure Small Pox was eliminated completely which in fact has happened but the banner deserves to be repeated with slight change by substituting the word Small Pox for Government.Assuming, for the sake of argument,the intentions of the people at the helm of affairs are good, but when they are not translated on the ground the only conclusion one can draw is that it is failure of governance.Getting garlanded by few paid and unpaid sycophants at some public gatherings is not the report card of good governance. When one starts looking around which limb of the government, in the form of departments, is working quite satisfactorily it takes no time to conclude - none. For instance take the Health department; our Medical College is facing the threat of derecognition by Medical Council of India for want of requisite staff/faculty in certain subjects.
Psychiatric Hospital has not the required staff strength in the form of doctors and paramedics, with the result the honb’le High Court had to intervene through a Public Interest Litigation to gear up the administration for the last more than six months. Some hospitals do not have even the life saving drugs, oxygen and many other facilities which are very vital to save precious human lives. Tragedy of GB Panth Hospital, where hundreds of neonates died is still lurking our minds and none has been punished.
Few days before the pathetic situation of our government schools came to light which is not only shocking but shameful; to know that one of the Government High Schools had sent only one student for Matriculation examination and he too failed. How much money from public exchequer must have been spent on the said school with what results - but is anybody bothered. This is only a tip of an iceberg while as fate of dozens of government schools must be the same. I have no doubt in my mind that only eye wash enquiry will be conducted and ultimately none will be made accountable, much less punished.Look towards the Department of Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (Food & Supplies) which has been entrusted with the job of fixing and maintaining the prices of essential commodities, it seems as if the Officials of this department have taken some herb which sedates them for months together with the result once or twice a year they wake up to fine a couple of violators; this they do to appear in news, showing their presence.
The net result is public being fleeced by venders who fix their own prices that vary at times 100 % within a distance of 2 Kilometers only.
One of the newspapers, Rising Kashmir, in its issue on 26th December, carried a shocking story with photographs showing how our valuable Trout Fish in Sindh Nallah is dying due to pollution created by HCC that is running and operating stone crushers.
Yet our Fisheries Department is doing nothing, nor is Pollution Control
Board taking any cognizance. If we can’t even save what God has given to us, how can we expect progress. Is it merely because HCC is a big fish so they should not be touched or there are other considerations which force the officials concerned to maintain silence at the cost of colossal ecological
loss to the Valley. Are the people not living as sedated subjects in a diseased
set up….?

Lastupdate on : Mon, 31 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 31 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 1 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST

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