Someone forgot ……. India won its independence in 1947 : The colonial shades

independence-flagWhile scanning the expenses of the Governor of Punjab, we found large scale wastage of resources through the office of the Governor’s. The office operates more-or-less without any accountability, supervision and responsibility. A large number of staff personnel, not required otherwise, have been appointed to take care of the Governor.

 

Besides 130 people in the personal staff of the Governor, there are hundreds from the Para-military, State Government and other providing services to the Governor. Most of these people appointed in the personal staff of the Governor have no useful job to perform. As an example some of the personal staff persons are listed below just to highlight the issue;

 

Post

No. of employee’s in the category

Drivers

9

Head Driver

1

Clerks/Garage Clerk

3

Head Khidmatgar

1

Head House Bearer

1

Tailor

1

Cooks

4

Daftri

1

Jamadar of Peons

4

House Bearer

4

Khidmatgar

8

Camp Jamadar

1

Asstt. Camp Jamadar

2

Jamadar of Sweepers

1

Peons

18

Masalchi

6

Bhishti

2

Khalasi

8

Mate to Dhobi

1

Scooter Driver

1

Chowkidar

1

Chowkidar cum Sweeper

1

Cleaner

1

Sweepers

6

 

Surprisingly even in the 21st century, the Governor needs Bhisti, Khidmatgar, Masalchi and Khalashi. Apparently, bridging the gap with the modern development, the Governor house has also appointed a ‘Scooter Driver.” Undersigned fails to comprehend the hard physical work which the Governor does, justifying the needs of six Masalchi’s.

 

The wage bill and sundry liabilities of the personal staff of the Punjab Governor comes to over Rs. 2,20,00,000/-

 

Wasting and spending this kind of money for maintaining one person is nothing short of a criminal act in a country where the per capita income at current prices is estimated at Rs 29,642 and where over 400 million people are still living below the extreme poverty level (earning less than Rs 40/- a day).

 

There is an urgent need to shed the opulent style of the erstwhile “Governor-Generals/Governor” of the colonial India and stop this wasteful expenditure in the name of the office of the Governor. Thought not of immediate importance, but still, we must also ponder upon the question if we really require an office of the Governor.

 

It looks like that someone forgot to remind the Government, that India did attain independence on August 15, 1947 and that in independent and democratic India scarce public resources could not be wasted like this.

 

Hemant Goswami

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