Corruption can’t be tackled without making institutions strong
Corruption – the root cause of many ills as most of us know already but to relate this word with the present government of Pakistan one needs to recall the Imran Khan’s speech that he made on April 30, 2018, and stated the PTI’s 11 point agenda. “We will stop money laundering, we’ll strengthen the National Accountability Bureau and FBR,” read his words and apart from this on various other occasions the PTI supremo has maintained that he’ll reduce corruption from the country.
However, corruption can’t be tackled without reforming the institutions of the country because institutions’ working stands as the most deciding factor for governing a state. The weak performance of the institutions worsens the economy, education system, public services and above all productivity as has been the case for Venezuela. TI finalized the organized crime within the institutions being active behind the poor growth and sustainability.
Venezuela is at constant risk due to a considerable drop in the production capacity of state institutions and the private sector is facing severe limitations due to unfriendly government policies.
An investigation by Transparency International focused on different sectors including Agri-food, Hydrocarbons, metallurgy, and mining, and public services sector and concluded that the various State-owned enterprises in Venezuela were loss-making entities. What was lacking in all these enterprises was lack of production capacity, installed capacity and public services and they were acting as the burden on the national income.
When it comes to state-owned enterprises across Pakistan the situation is still bad. As per the report of the SBP, the loss-making public sector enterprises borrowed a record 329.7 billion in the year 2018-2019 adding a burden on the economy.
Some of the loss-making public sector enterprises of Pakistan are Pakistan Railway, PIA, Pakistan Steel Mills, and the energy sector enterprise WAPDA. Not only they are making huge fiscal losses but also decreasing the utility of national income in somewhat better ways instead of making up to their losses.
Recently news aired on media regarding the adoption of the Chinese anti-corruption model in Pakistan for which the bureaucracy will be trained in China but what’s next? In Venezuela, another grim factor that Transparency International reported was that the heads of the institutions were appointed based on personal choices and the situation can’t be denied when it comes to Pakistan.
Khan also undertook the stance of ascertaining the meritocracy within the country but the implementation of the agenda is still a dream in the pipeline. The merit-based appointment is the key factor in reforming the institutions apart from depoliticization, ensuring accountability, maintenance of records, public participation, and improved productivity. Without reforming the institutions no timely measures can get away with the menace of corruption – the misuse of power and authority.
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