In­sti­tu­tional de­cay

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - Ghaz­an­far A Gare­wal Email: gre­

HOW in­sti­tu­tional de­cay hap pen and lead to lack of na tional or­der? A close ob­ser­va­tion makes it clear that al­most, with few ex­cep­tions, ev­ery gov­ern­ment in­sti­tu­tion is pre­sent­ing a gloomy pic­ture of the coun­try. To put it an­other way, each in­sti­tu­tion is mini Pak­istan in it­self. First, merit is fol­lowed nei­ther in the se­lec­tion process nor in pro­mo­tion of the em­ploy­ees.

Ref­er­ence, kin­ship and bribery make re­cruit­ment and pro­mo­tion process un­just. Sec­ond, it gives birth to lack of pro­fes­sion­al­ism and in­com­pe­tency. A per­son ap­pointed by ne­glect­ing trans­parency and merit be­comes a par­a­site for the depart­ment. How can such an in­com­pe­tent per­son per­form well? There­fore, this mal­prac­tice af­fects the over­all per­for­mance of the re­spec­tive or­ga­ni­za­tion. Con­se­quently, in­com­pe­tency and non-pro­fes­sion­al­ism emerge as a by-prod­uct of this moral and fi­nan­cial cor­rup­tion. An ap­point­ment made by vi­o­lat­ing law and merit re­sults in cor­rup­tion only.

Last, dis­crim­i­na­tion of all kinds is the hall­mark of ev­ery in­sti­tu­tion. It comes in var­i­ous shapes: dis­crim­i­na­tion on the ba­sis of gen­der, race, caste and creed, sect and eth­nic­ity. Un­for­tu­nately, all these forms of dis­crim­i­na­tion are deep rooted in ev­ery or­ga­ni­za­tion. All the above men­tioned is­sues are com­ple­men­tary: they re­in­force each other.

The dark­est as­pect of these mal­prac­tices is that slowly and grad­u­ally the com­pe­tent and hard­work­ing class be­comes prey to this ail­ment. They also start los­ing in­ter­est in their pro­fes­sional obli­ga­tions. Ul­ti­mately, it re­sults into a vi­cious cir­cle which has the worst im­pact on the over­all de­vel­op­ment of the coun­try.

If this is the case, how can our coun­try com­pete with the world of ex­cel­lence? The so­lu­tion is youth. They can mo­ti­vate the gov­ern­ment to take mea­sures to erad­i­cate this evil from the coun­try. The mil­len­ni­als are real strength of the coun­try. They are well in­formed and aware. What they need is di­rec­tion. The 65 per­cent youth has to prac­ti­cally play their role in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of rule of law. To this end, a two prong ap­proach based on ca­pa­bil­ity and will power should be adopted.

Youth in Pak­istan is quite ca­pa­ble of deal­ing with all these so­cial evils, only will power is re­quired. The youth is sup­posed to own the coun­try and to win the fu­ture. They must re­al­ize that in­sti­tu­tion build­ing is pre­req­ui­site to na­tional or­der and de­vel­op­ment. There is no op­tion but to fol­low merit in se­lec­tion and re­cruit­ment process. In the short run, the gov­ern­ment should pre­pare the list of hon­est and well-re­puted bu­reau­crats and give them the charge of dif­fer­ent de­part­ments. They should be given a time frame to im­prove the per­for­mance of that very depart­ment.

The com­pe­tent and ded­i­cated head of or­ga­ni­za­tion need to uti­lize the true pro­fes­sion­als who could work to change the fate of the coun­try. The ded­i­cated and po­ten­tial per­son­nel must be en­cour­aged and pro­moted on the ba­sis of merit and per­for­mance. By do­ing so, the over­all hi­er­ar­chy of the depart­ment can be re­struc­tured. This will lead to­wards com­pet­i­tive and con­struc­tive en­vi­ron­ment con­ducive for build­ing na­tional or­der that Pak­istan needs the most.

— The writer teaches at Na­tional Univer­sity of Mod­ern Lan­guages, Islamabad.

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