A failed sys­tem

People's Review - - COMMENTARY - PR PRAD­HAN push­para­jprad­han@gmail.com

We have a gov­ern­ment hav­ing two-thirds ma­jor­ity, but such a pow­er­ful gov­ern­ment is vir­tu­ally vi­sion­less and func­tional. Just last week, when pe­tro­leum trans­porta­tion tanker driv­ers launched a strike, Kath­mandu and other ma­jor cities in the coun­try wit­nessed a long queue of ve­hi­cles at petrol pumps. Just in one day of dis­rup­tion in the sup­ply of pe­tro­leum prod­ucts, the Nepal Oli Cor­po­ra­tion (NOC) set a quota sys­tem for ve­hi­cles. We had be­lieved that by tak­ing lessons from the In­dian block­ade on Nepal in 2015, NOC might have started keep­ing stor­age of pe­tro­leum prod­ucts at least for three months. Un­for­tu­nately, NOC or the gov­ern­ment has not learnt any lessons from the bit­ter ex­pe­ri­ences in the past. It seems, Nepal will not take les­son from any past ex­pe­ri­ences. Who­ever is in power, they all are self-cen­tered, run­ning be­hind petty in­ter­ests and think­ing about their own nearer and dearer ones rather than the na­tion and the peo­ple. The be­lief among them was and still is that power is for their en­joy­ment. They never feel that pol­i­tics is a ser­vice to the na­tion. Bureau­crats also are the same and they think and act like the greedy politi­cians. The present po­lit­i­cal sys­tem has been im­posed by the Euro­peans not to make Nepal strong and sta­ble, but to de­stroy the unity and har­mony among the peo­ple of this oth­er­wise tran­quil and com­fort­able coun­try. As we are say­ing that the present po­lit­i­cal sys­tem is for em­ploy­ment of the party work­ers, hun­dreds of thou­sands of party work­ers have got em­ploy­ment from fed­eral gov­ern­ment to pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments and lo­cal gov­ern­ments and they are en­joy­ing gov­ern­ment ben­e­fits not through merit but through party pol­i­tics. A big chunk of gov­ern­ment fund is be­ing spent for their salary and fa­cil­i­ties. The com­mu­nists say their party is cadre based. It means, the party has given em­ploy­ment to those who are do­ing pol­i­tics. Be­sides, to demon­strate ex­is­tence and strength of the party, as much as pro­fes­sion­als are in­cor­po­rated in the party's class or­ga­ni­za­tions. Nowhere in the world the civil ser­vants are found as­so­ci­ated with any par­tic­u­lar po­lit­i­cal party, but this has hap­pened here. We can see this odd sit­u­a­tion in Nepal. Such civil ser­vice­men's in­ten­tion is not to pro­vide ser­vices to the peo­ple, but to en­joy gov­ern­ment fa­cil­i­ties with­out work. Unions were es­tab­lished with the in­ter­ests of the po­lit­i­cal par­ties. Sim­i­larly, trans­porta­tion com­mit­tees were es­tab­lished un­der the pro­tec­tion of the po­lit­i­cal par­ties. To­day, the very unions and com­mit­tees have be­come se­ri­ous headaches for those who run the gov­ern­ment. The main task of the gov­ern­ment has be­come to hold talks with the dif­fer­ent ag­i­ta­tors and sur­ren­der against the gov­ern­ment's own de­ci­sion. Home Min­is­ter Ram­ba­hadur Thapa had at­tempted to do some works such as end­ing of the syndicate/cur­tail­ing sys­tem in the trans­porta­tion sec­tor, reg­u­lat­ing/mon­i­tor­ing ac­tiv­i­ties of INGOs/ NGOs, tak­ing ac­tion against those con­struc­tion con­trac­tors who have failed to com­plete their con­struc­tion projects. It seems, he was naïve and he failed. He didn't know that the former UML was the party run­ning with INGOs' fund­ing; he didn't know that his own party chair­man was shel­tered at the house owned by a de­faulter con­struc­tion con­trac­tor. It was sur­pris­ing to see the re­port that the ill-famed Pappu con­struc­tion com­pany, in­stead of get­ting pun­ish­ment, is go­ing to be re­warded with an­other con­struc­tion con­tract – con­struc­tion of the Nepal Ras­tra Bank build­ing! More se­ri­ously, the Nepal Po­lice, which is un­der the com­mand of the Home Min­is­ter, has be­come dys­func­tional. The po­lice have not been able to get any clue on the Nir­mala Pant mur­der case in Kan­chan­pur and also the mur­der of former am­bas­sador Ke­shab Raj Jha in the cap­i­tal city. Talk­ing about law and or­der sit­u­a­tion, the other day, a res­i­dent of Sun­sari was shot to death by crim­i­nals who came from the In­dian side and re­turned safely af­ter ac­com­plish­ing their job. CK Raut an­nounced Mad­hesh as in­de­pen­dent na­tion and safely went un­der­ground. The se­cu­rity or­gans were un­able to lo­cate him. The de­mand for tarai as in­de­pen­dent na­tion is a se­ri­ous is­sue for the pa­tri­otic Nepalis but this in­ci­dent didn't draw at­ten­tion of the se­cu­rity or­gans as well as those in power at present. The fact is that al­though, there is a gov­ern­ment en­joy­ing two-thirds ma­jor­ity, this gov­ern­ment is in­side the pocket of many par­al­lel gov­ern­ments run­ning in the coun­try. In other words, the present gov­ern­ment is un­der the strong grip of INGOs and dif­fer­ent pro­fes­sional or­ga­ni­za­tions, more than that, the gov­ern­ment is un­der the strong grip of bro­kers, mafias, smug­glers, crim­i­nals, con­struc­tion con­trac­tors, among oth­ers. The gov­ern­ment is thus serv­ing the in­ter­ests of these el­e­ments by giv­ing trou­ble to the gen­eral pub­lic. All these acts show that the sys­tem we have adopted has al­ready been failed.

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