Thursday, August 4, 2011

The enemy within

While politicians get much flak for all that is wrong in the country, it's the bureaucracy that is the real enemy. Hidden from public scrutiny. They are the 'enemy within', gnawing the countries vitality from inside.
India's suffocating bureaucracy was ranked the least-efficient by the survey, on 12 economies released recently by the Hong Kong-based Political & Economic Risk Consultancy (PERC). Indian bureaucrats trailed those from Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam, China, Philippines and Indonesia in that order.
‘Working with the country's civil servants was a slow and painful process,’ said the PERC. ‘They are a power center in their own right at both the national and state levels, and are extremely resistant to reform that affects them or the way they go about their duties.’
It is in this context that an institution such as the Lok Pal must be established to call them to question.

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