Governor’s rule – hopes and expectations

The people have expectations that Governor will devote his time towards solving people’s problems, as previous government got entangled in  political turmoil and ignored governance, writes Chattan. According to daily the real problem is that the state administration is rusted, inefficient, corrupt and lacks a work culture. Unless Governor brings about a definite change in the structure, he won’t be able to solve people’s problems, which are many.

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The Expectations:

 

“After President’s assent, Sh. N. N. Vohra, Governor has assumed the responsibilities of governance in the state. It is the eighth time that Governor’s rule has been enforced in the state. For N N Vohra, Governor, it is the fourth time to take over the charge. But inspite of that he got very little time to display his administrative capabilities. Yet the people hope that Governor’s rule will provide him the opportunity to solve people’s problems. The ousted government did not get much time to solve people’s problems, though it remained in power for three and a half years. But during this time, the law and order situation in the state worsened and because of daily blood shedding or killings, it wasn’t possible to give full attention to people’s problems. The most important point is that Centre government did not show any generosity towards solving these problems. In this situation, government instead of paying attention towards people’s problems got engaged in political disturbances. It is expected that Governor will give priority to solving people’s problems and will come up to the expectations of the people.”

 

Overhauling the system:

 

“After taking over the governance of the state, Governor appointed Advisors and held an important meeting, which was attended by heads of departments and important officials. It was decided to activate the administration and improve the situation. These meetings are a part of administration. But people’s experience says that such meetings are not fruitful. There are only discussions and little practical work. That is why results are not encouraging. It is true that head of the state or administration tries to talk face to face with the employees, so that they come up to the expectations of the people. The employees listen to these instructions in the meetings, very patiently. But there is little work in Public domain. That is the experience. The ‘bolts and nuts’ of the administration, that Governor has taken over, are the same that existed during coalition government. They did not give any cooperation to previous government. The people are of the opinion that state administration is completely rusted and can’t be expected to do some remarkable job. It would be a miracle if governor is able to get some good public work done by it. Yet people have expectations. The instructions issued by governor, in the first stage, include ensuring attendance of officers in offices. The greatest misfortune of the state is that there is no work culture in offices. The employees here want to enjoy fat salaries without work. The first need is to change the type of structure. It is not possible to end red-tapism and introduce a good work culture in offices without making a change. No employee is prepared to do any work without a bribe. The employee knows that even without doing any work, his salary will go to his bank account. It is not easy to change such a system. But if Governor wants, change can be brought about. In a political system, it is not easy to act against any employee, because there are political objectives. As such better work is expected in Governor’s rule. There are no big problems. If corruption is controlled, the system will improve. The people are facing some important problems beside sadak, pani, bijli (road, water, electricity).  The youth have no avenues of livelihood except government jobs. The state lacks in resources. Whatever natural resources the state has, are under the control of Centre. There has been exploitation in power sector and state has been deprived of these projects. The same is the story in other sectors. Educated people are unemployed, and nobody is prepared to come to their help and  government has no road-map for employment”.

 

[Courtesy: Urdu daily Chattan, Srinagar, Kashmir, June 23, 2018].

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