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India needs to focus on improving Governance first
India is crying for change and quality governance. Its well nigh impossible for the government alone to usher any change unless we do our bit. The craze for a government job in India is well known. In fact its become an industry to make money by everyone who can play around with the fear of unemployed youth.

Poor man is willing to mortgage his ancestral property/take loan just to get into the privileged group of employees. It offers perks, security and non- accountability which is perhaps non existent in any other job. 

Blackmailing the government for perks just prior to elections/other moments of vulnerability has been the most potent tool of this group. This leads to release of perks even if economically extremely difficult to implement and misuse/abuse of power is of course rampant. Postings- place and appointment are available at the cost depending on the loot potential of the appointment. 

The system is very well geared enabling everyone up the chain to get the proportional share of the loot. The abuse/misuse takes place through the tools of delay and discretionary powers of appointments and profit sharing by the chain of authority.

Its not possible for CBI/Police/vigilance or other state machinery tasked to enforce law to be everywhere all the time at the crime venue. This results in great honest intentions but poorly implemented- feed back is concocted resulting in a win-win for the government and poor governance continues. Solution to this cancerous disease lies in three fundamental basics working in harmony.

First is reporting of the crime. This is best done by aware citizenry. People are everywhere and effected party and they witness the defaulters. Citizens are thus the most potent first pillar of effective governance. With mobile and cameras available with almost everyone, this massive force can lead to first crucial and paramount importance step of good governance. The fear is of retribution which many would like to avoid. 

Answer may lie in vigilance/police having web sites where inputs are uploaded with the proviso that the identity of the uploaded will be protected. This would be a wonderful idea and greatly assist the police/enforcement agencies in nabbing culprits/eradicating crimes and ensuring efficient performance by the governmental eyes and ears cum service providers or what one may call the interface between the people and the government.

Second step is speedy reaction by police or other supervisory agency. Its unbelievable that most citizens see the poor quality of hygiene of the street vendor giving fast foods but the inspector responsible refuses to act. Getting his hafta probably is the new charter of duty defined by himself. Any supervisor/superior who fails to enforce the laid down charter must be taken to task.(inputs from citizens basic for sack with investigation by the higher in authority) should ensure proper justice.

Third of course is the speedy punishment to the defaulter. First stage is of course is departmental procedure followed by judicial process which is extremely time consuming. This of course is being addressed by the powers that be. What the superiors must do to curb the nepotism/hafta or whatever one calls it. Frugal and honest living. The misuse/abuse of governmental resources for unauthorised purposes is the starting point of the organisational corruption guised as perks of service.

At the state and national level the way to qualitatively improve services is by enforcing all government employees to use the public services. Public transport/health and education will improve the day this is enforces across the board. No one goes abroad on government expense for treatment. Period. Everyone uses government transport thrice a week to come to office. Children go to governmental schools only. Impound government transport in markets during working hours.

Finally whenever a new perk is announced by any government department including pay commission, methodology to shield the common man against the juggernaut of inflation must be addressed. Let government employees not be the favoured citizens ruling over the masses, the ethos must change to - 'we serve the masses and paid by the tax payers money'.

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