Empowering People for better Governance
By Suruj Rambachan
I see a parallel between the running of the govt and management of a business/corporate entity. In the life of a business human resource decisions also have to be made. In fact decisions involving human beings, especially dismissals are considered tom be “edge” decisions. Performance, ethics, accountability and team culture play a big role in corporations when such decisions have to be made. You are doing no less in the management of the government. There was a point in time when you told the public that you were the CEO of the Govt and would behave like a CEO.
Under the Peoples Partnership Government the management of the country has been shared with the citizens thus creating a situation where public opinion is not being ignored in critical decision making. The “expanded citizen/public/ government” phenomenon is now a reality with a wider cross section of the citizenry influencing the process of governance. This has created a greater level of sometimes “noisy dialogue” between govt and the citizenry, but reflects the philosophy of participation and consensus building to which the PP is committed.
It is also a reflection of the new found ‘space of freedom of speech” which citizens enjoy under this administration. Scrutiny of the government is no longer about the desire for transparency. It is about spite, malice and witch hunts! However as a government we could stand proud for the following which reflects what was promised to the people in terms of open and transparent governance:
1. Laying in parliament the manifesto of the govt
2. Publishing for public consumption the achievements of the govt following the contract with the people in 2010.
3. Laying in parliament the report on the Life Sports Program
4. Laying in Parliament the HCU report
5. Laying in parliament the 1990 Coup Report
6. Changing the standing orders which will now place the PM in the unenviable position of having to be ‘cross examined ‘ in parliament by the Opposition.
7. Changing the standing orders which when closely examined empowers the opposition to a far greater degree than has ever existed.
8. Allowing five days for detailed scrutiny of the budget and to answer queries from the opposition
9. More joint select committees including one on crime and one on foreign affairs
In a real sense the PP govt has empowered the citizenry in the last four years to a far greater extent than even the citizenry perhaps want.
AS a result:
BECAUSE WE EMPOWER OUR CITIZENS WE ARE A BETTER GOVERNMENT
EMPOWERED CITIZENS EMPOWER THE GOVERNMENT
EMPOWERED CITIZENS CREATES BETTER GOVERNANCE –THE PP WAY OF GOVERNING!