How to Make a Governmental Institute More Effective and Less Corrupt

Most top positions in a government institute are taken by friends of one or another political head, some of them even without the expertise of taking this position. This then can create in the minds of the population revolutionary ideas validated by the concept that all people working for the Government are corrupt (we are facing a giant sit-out against corruption in front of Parliament House by Pakistan Tehrik e Insaaf or PTI & Pakistan Awami Tehrik or PAT)

Although I agree that this might be the case in quite some circumstances, I cannot, but look further in the hidden reasons of this and – what is more significant – how to probably change this and make sure the top government positions are held by experienced people. So i did some research on this issue and I hope interesting conclusions and a possible solution.

I made a decision to use a metaphor of an imagined country which is a democratic state and has a National Assembly with a Governmental Cabinet. In principal this cabinet is owned by the National Assembly of the State.

Every four years the National Assembly votes for a General Staff (Council of Ministers), which gets this cabinet on loan for four years.  An agreement has been attained on the number of Ministries in the cabinet and in which route they set to move. The cabinet exists of different Ministries. The ministers themselves figure out their individual targets, supplies and staff within the budgetary policies. Some regulations have been organized (Workers Law and related polices) to man the cabinet in a uniform way. However, this cabinet has capacity problems – insufficient staff, knowledge, authority – to carry this out successfully.  Also a large portion of the active population does not have adequately interesting options to earn money on land – or at least thinks that there is no future within the private sector – and therefore wants to employee with the State in order to be assured of an income.

From a good thing to consider, we state that the majority of the public officials and politicians is of good will. So, what should a Minister or Secretary with good motives do in this sort of a case?

He/She takes a large number of people on board, without essentially care for the mission of these people. In some nations this is called "accommodate". Therefore, you get the people who have the right positions to exercise their duties, on the one hand, and people who wrongly where accommodated, who do not have a clear position, on the other hand. There are also people that have been accommodated by a previous Minister. This brings for some department to block, what might annoy people who are in the right position and who do have a objective to accomplish.  In the long-term this brings to De-motivation, disappointment from those that have been incorrectly accommodated.

As a result, at some departments disorder arises, where:

-possibly everybody meddles with everything;
-sometimes everyone is carrying out his/her own thing;
-either nobody is doing anything at all.

Various international and national "steersmen ashore" advise that a number of individuals should go over the top, that clear tasks should be distributed, that people should be properly trained themselves individual tool kits to the Ministers that will take care of all problems. The risk here is that the different Ministries will follow their own guidelines even more and that the staff will be treated irrelevant and in a non-uniform manner.

The unfortunate part is that the above situation is created with good intentions to provide people work and livelihood. But the impact is pernicious, each for the "accommodated" and the other officials. Taking into account a global average of roughly four persons per household, one can also argue that the wrong accommodation of one person can have a potential adverse effect in the long-term on many voters of the Assembly.

The impact of a incorrect accommodation is therefore also for the politician, who backed the accommodation, possibly negative. Nobody has an attention in the success of such a state, neither the politicians, nor the government authorities, nor the people.

The situation as defined over does not happen without a purpose. Some actual causes – interests must can be found that lead to this situation. These underlying causes, when recognised and dealt with can launch the improvement.  What are these underlying causes? What causes, once recognised and dealt with, can trigger a real change in the direction of the ideal picture?

This post is not finished yet I will discuss some more interesting factors in my next post

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