Only enlightened leaders can direct development activities
Thursday, 26 June 2008

Everybody wants democracy though his or her own brand. The latest entrant is our Chief Election Commissioner. According to media reports he said that in future local government representatives would be responsible for development activities not the members of the parliament. Explaining he said that MPs remain so busy distributing licenses for personal gains that they have no time to attend the parliament sessions. That’s true. Members of the parliament because of their positions in the ruling or opposition parties enjoy enormous influence in their constituencies and, more often than not, misuse this for personal gains. The American system is built on the premise that lawmakers are lawmakers only, they don’t even become secretaries while retaining membership of the House or the Senate. MPs remain in close touch with the biggies and that’s enough for them to exercise influence in their areas. They can use these leverage to stop A non-political local government representative would be total misfit. He or she will have to toe some line. The problem is not with the systems it is with the quality of people who usually get elected. These days politics is not all about selfless public service it is a profession—-a ladder to riches. Systems work when people operating them are enlightened. Only massive investment in human resources can perhaps change this scenario. It is the collective wisdom of the people that will take such decisions.

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