By Col J S Gill, Citizen Journalist : I want to bring the discrimination based on population numbers vis a vis the quality of governance to the notice of our ever alert politico bureaucratic system. As we are all aware that when there is a provision to have a Lok Sabha constituency based on the population numbers . It is simply surprising that why we are not applying the same principle when we come to the delivery of services by the state to the same population at the district administration level. My question – Is Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Ludhiana holding charge of 30 Lac population ( as per census2001) more efficient than the DC of Moga with a population of 9 Lacs approx ?
As we all understand that the cutting edge of efficient or good governance is the delivery of services and regulatory services by the Deputy Commissioner as he is the sole repository of power in a district.Therefore we need to have a re look on this whole issue. Major cities which are already having Commissioners of Police system need to have Multiple DC level officers under an Additional Commissioner if the hierarchy needs to be established with the Divisional Commissioners. My point is that why should a concentration of population in a particular district due to its industrialisation, religious significance or geographical situation on GT road be denied the right to good governance just because our system allows only ONE DC PER DISTRICT. When police can increase their numbers to match the crime rate as per population – I think we have more than one reason to increase the numbers of persons directly responsible for efficient and effective delivery of governance. The need of the hour is not to provide more additional deputy commissioners but increase number of DC’s that is the delivery system heads. Hence existing district administration organisation needs to replicated twice or thrice as per the numbers of population which need to delivered these services while keeping the loose geographical contiguity of areas in mind. This will bring in transparency and faster delivery of services.
Why deny these facilities of faster and efficient delivery of services to the public when you are charging and earning more revenue from each square yard sold and bought in these over populated districts. Therefore there should be no lack of funds and hesitation to spend on the salary and establishment of these additional organisations and posts . This is the responsibility of the state to make good governance available to its constituents in the shortest possible time to eradicate corruption and avoid need less harassment to those being governed which is enshrined in our constitution.