Contemporary societies have evolved certain distinguished attributes since time immemorial. These attributes shape and reshape the makeup of society to reorient social attitudes, preferences and beliefs. Our society rests on secular and Democratic credentials where equality and liberty are inalienable to man’s life. This century rests on belief of Humanism which accords central place to individual in society. In this respect Montesquieu’s separation of power is supposed to play prominent role. The distinction in spatial extent of official jurisdiction to three branches was brought by theorist to duly regard Liberty as inalienable. It laid down the conditions for different branches necessary for smooth working without undue interference. The executive branch has grown in size and weight in modern governmental structure. This branch is supposed to implement the policies, programmes ,laws framed by legislative organ of government. Their mandate is to ensure that what government desires reaches to people at ground level. They are authorized to make it successful. To a slightly perverted form it appears as if the day for executive branch is poor. The rising incidences of corruption have downgraded morale and essence of policies in general and repute of whole executive machinery in particular. Herein Kashmir the oft repeated episodes involving top brass officials have became norm of the day. Is it moral crisis or materialistic boom or complimentarily of the two?
The rational deliberation of contemporary decision making approach is attributed to scientific understanding of things. They are believed to be governed by reason. When this orientation manifests in human beings who are supposed to perform implementation stage of policy the question of its success is bound to arise. Whenever such a deliberation reaches stage of impartial analysis what we encounter is perversion of whole policy. The higher rung officials claim commensurable hush money for any work expected to be their obligation. They pervert the whole case of men in need to compel them for such payment. The people are subjected to harsh medium for their problem solution. The Oxford dictionary defines corruption as “Something that is evil but is supposed to be good”. Apart from being correlated to illegal money payments to get work done what they are intended to get as right from men in performance. However the manifestation has varied application because it takes care of monetary as well as moral aspect of corruption. Is this perversion of Rationality of 21st Century?
Reason teaches man to respect the rights of others when authorised to keep the trust of power for temporary period of time. However the crisis of this reason in man came at the heels of materialism which teaches the saga of Mine and Thine. It ought to inseminate ideology of individualism in man. The people in office exploit the opportunity on the basis of this twin character Reason and Individualism. But to its dismal picture the actual state of affairs presents the contrary and opposite Thesis in reality. The people oblige to take care of implementation stage of policy exploit the gravity of situation due to presence of extreme individualism in them. Herein Kashmir the oft repeated incidences are correlated to rank and file in almost all offices. The worst hit is Block Development Department and Recruitment Agencies. The huge investment through prim pumping of government especially through NREGA creates avenues for the inimical elements to operate. The recent incidence of RTO shudders the consciousness of man. Is this duty of executive or perversion of the real duty expected out of them? The irony of the fact is that despite numerous checks and balances in place like RTI . The police establishment seems in Nexus otherwise these events would have hardly been present in society. As is said “ the society where people are of good discipline don’t need police and where the people are of irresponsible behavior the presence of police makes no sense. After all same people represent the society in police”. The need is to implement policies in responsible manner with any overhaul of system.
Summing up the discussion the illegitimate actions on part of executive are unworthy in century given the sobriquet of reasonable civilization. The discrimination faced by people at ground level because of the service providers what they rightfully deserve is mockery of modern bureaucracy. The pejorative sense of respect it gets isn’t out of choice but out of its own karma. The diversion of public funds towards illegitimate sector due to corruption adds more burden because what is intended to be of change comes at the heels of hush money. The Revenue department in our backyard has reached such an extreme level that mere certificate costs them 1000s. The checks and balances in place are inefficient to put a break on these elements. There’s a need to reorient the approach towards this socio economic disease. The RTI awareness programmes should be intensified to fully aware common citizens about their rights. The need of intra departmental monitoring cell in each department supervised by seniors. Apart from this inter monitoring link with centralised functional approach to be supervised directly from Secretariat for transparent functioning. Moreover the necessary authority for local government representative to make it absolute participation based can be looked out. But the change as per Raja Ramohan Roy “Change should come from society within itself”. Unless and until the people keep the trust of their office with care for society and caution with moral essence for humanity the very base of society is bound to perish. It is not monetary loss that concerns but the interlinking of other abuses related to monetary corruption is a sown dragon teeth. They manifest in deterioration of character which leads to rising incidences of rape , trafficking, gender bias etc among others. It creates menace of black money and criminal political subversions which don’t augur well for society. That’s why need of immediate steps to fix the degraded system in order. Sooner it is done better it is to save succeeding generations from scourge of moral corruption……..
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