[ NOTE– after writing this post I felt I have just stated the obvious inferences & only tread knee deep into the matter. Therefore, this post is categorized as a RANT, read at your own will ]
Preparing for UPSC made me aware of the huge mechanisms & complexities that go into strategising for the public welfare. I held the planning of schemes, for a country as diverse & vast as ours, to be a shining example of quality work. Though appraising it doesn’t ,mean I never criticized the implementation part. Still, I am awed by the planning part itself & would wait for the ground work experience to see clearly the implementation part. The words & sentences phrased inside those plans made them a titillating scholarly work for me.
This false sense (which I knew was false) was broken recently because of a conversation with a friend of mine. She also praised the scheme plans but pointed out that the words used are just ambiguous. They don’t tell you anything concrete. What’s happening or what will actually happen. I argued back that it is for good because it leaves space for the zealot bureaucrats to expand on & use creative/innovative methods to achieve the goals. Added that it also leaves space for corrupt & sluggish ones also. My point was that it depends on the character of the executive & the awareness of the masses. This was all agreed to.
However, since that talk – I have been vigil on the words being used in the plans/schemes/reports. To my disillusion, they are really ambiguous not even in meaning but even in the value they create. From the document about Achievements of SSA:-
3,02,872 new schools opened;2,42,608 school building constructed; 10.30 lakh teachers appointed; improve access to 99% of primary level…e.t.c.(check it on ministry site if you want to)
Well, they do feel great to look upon. After all we even lack the infrastructure for the education. Although, I didn’t noticed any data on learning enhancements being achieved,the knowledge level of teachers trained e.t.c.Even it said that 99% access to primary education but not 99% utilization of the same. In short, I only saw the quantitative data not the qualitative one. The qualitative ones are like the PAISA release & other such reports from NGOs.
It was like we have 1000 acre land supporting 100 people without any infrastructure and human-development. And then we tell people that we built infra on the 80% land including schools,housing,industry & others. There can be two possibilities after this. One, the whole infra is under-utilized because the occupants are not aware about there use. Second, it attracts more people than its capacity & leave everyone with lower than provided quality of services.Like infrastructure was made for 200 inhabitants but is being occupied by 600 of them – making available 1/6th of the service quality.I see the first scene played for the rural & SME sectors of govt. schemes. And the second one being played in the rest. Nonetheless, corruption is present in both the case. To make the matter even more complex the distribution is never equal(how can it be!!) ,thus, creating inequalities between already unequal sections.
Why I have been stating the obvious? It helps me clarify the conditions we are living in and also helps out vent out my frustration with the under-effective executives & uncompromising-selfish masses. All the above rant was only to understand the stupefying complexities of the system in a general sense. Unless the problem is not understood or is not identified, how can the solution be arrived at.
All the above brooding led me to some thoughts though,like – the present PPP model allows the quantity obsessed govt. to work hand in hand with the quality concerned private players(read NGOs). These private players may even help further in implementing the ambitious programmes through their focus on the regional disparities & local solutions within the reach.
I will stop now or my thoughts will roll-on to the other complexities of PPP model like monopolistic tendencies of Big corporate, apathetic action towards the natives, private sector corruption…
Thanks for letting me share this rant with you.
P.S – I think coming posts will be rants only as I am studying for the exam which is only 30days away.May be I will not write any posts at all.