Governance suggestions for a Pak of 21st Century . . !
NO country can develop and sustain its growth without down delegating its authorities and devolution of financial and administrative powers to the grass root level.
Today Pakistan is standing at a crossroads, or in other words, a point at which a crucial decision must be made which will have far-reaching consequences.
The major problems of eliminating poverty, building up a first class health infrastructure, bringing up futuristic educational system and providing job for everyone and justice at doorsteps seems a pipe dream, for which the entire country looks towards the Prime Minister and the federal government, whereas, most of the responsibilities (as per the constitution) and resources are with the Chief Ministers and the Provincial governments.
Now, if, any of the CM and his government is performing below par and is inefficient, incapable, corrupt and sluggish the entire huge province suffers the brunt.
These days, If, at any forum, there is a talk of dividing the province and creating more provinces, the idea is vehemently resisted by the vested persons.
In this regard, the status quo is pulling down the country, which in fact, is now facing almost stagnation in growth and development, which is clearly visible in the GDP growth numbers which are almost below even 3%.
Now, this situation is virtually taking us backwards in every sense and even currency value of Afghani is much stronger than PKR. Now, a time has come for a rapid and prudent decision, about the future of Pakistan.
In this regard, we need a solution to energise the provinces in a manner that administrative and financial powers are devolved to smaller units, in an equitable manner, in all the provinces, without dividing any province, so no discrimination or ill treatment is meted out to any area; and if, any head of unit or his team is failing in governance, it’s adverse impact is not faced by the other units of the area.
In this regard, all divisions of the country may be converted into an independent mini provinces or units or Riasats, as deemed appropriate; and given the name like the constituencies of National Assembly (NA-1) namely PK-1, PK-2 and so on, so that no one can claim that he was from Baluchistan, Sindh, Punjab or KP, which will automatically increase the harmony among the Pakistanis.
The above scheme, if implemented, is expected to give more inner strength to the bonding and nationhood (Pakistaniat) of our country, which will automatically spur fast track economic emancipation of our motherland.
We must keep in mind that correcting system for all the economic benefits of the 21st Century, is as necessary, as putting horse before the cart.
—The author writes on strategic, political, economic, current affairs & sports.