Editorial

Bureaucracy versus lawmakers

Written by The Frontier Post

The National Assembly Standing Committee on States and Frontier Region (SAFRON) met in Parliament House on Friday. The agenda of the meeting was the matters relating to the affairs of Erstwhile FATA particularly FATA merger related issues such as development work, provision of funds, jobs, and admissions of FATA students in higher educational institutions including Medical and Dental Colleges and HEC scholarship etc. for the students of the less developed area of Erstwhile FATA. The Public representatives expressed serious annoyance over the attitude of senior bureaucracy. According to reports, the President Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) did not appear before the committee for a third consecutive time despite repeated reminders of the lawmakers. The Committee expressed dissatisfaction over the recent MDCAT tests conducted by PMC and ruled out that every province may be allowed to conduct these tests in accordance with their syllabus. During the meeting, the Committee expressed concern over the recruitment of non-local employees in the Gomal Zam Dam project by WAPDA and Irrigation Departments. During recent months it has been observed that the senior bureaucracy of the country neither gives due importance to the legislature’s instructions nor appears in the meeting of different standing committees of the parliament, which causes delay in the legislature’s work.

Bureaucracy plays the role of the backbone of any organization, department, or a state because it consists of a selected, highly educated, and experienced officials who specifically have been trained for running the business of an enterprise and a state. Throughout their career Bureaucrats deal in administration and management of affairs of their institutions, constituency, or District therefore they have abundance of experience and recipes to tackle the problem. While statesmen and Politicians usually take office for a specified period of time and mostly do not know the technicalities of the relevant field, so they remain dependent on Bureaucrats for running their departments/ Ministries.

As far as Pakistan’s Bureaucracy is concerned it has become a horde of lethargic, unproductive, and stubborn raw material which reached to the position through nepotism. Presently, each office and department, each street and corner of every city of the Country illustrates the poor performance of our bureaucracy and administrators. Over the decades, this lot enjoyed high positions and privileged offices during their career but did nothing to regulate the affairs of their respective District/constituencies in their field. So today each department from water to petroleum, sui gas to electricity, traffic to construction, everything presents a destructive picture of our development due to lack of vision, interest, and sense of responsibility of our officials.

In civilized societies and developed nations, Bureaucracy sets guidelines and policies for the public, regulates, and coordinates the functioning of different departments in the best interest of the public, while making the public observe the laws/policies, which makes a society civilized and nation moves through different stages of development and prosperity.

Otherwise, irregular and uncontrolled development and non-implementation of law becomes a hazard for the nation like Pakistan. Presently, our nation has become an irregular crowd moving ruthlessly and managers are busy in subservice of their seniors and politicians instead of fulfilling their responsibilities. Therefore, if the government wants to govern the country in a better way it must bring reforms in the bureaucracy, otherwise all efforts will go in vain.

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