Feb 9, 2012

Money for nothing... [39/365]

Recently when I wrote about how most Indians would give a limb and a spine for a government job, I had also mentioned how the cushy hikes, revisions and bribes always besides the free accommodation and perks for the rest of their life meant a charmed life.(Get the dope here)
Well, a cousin of mine who hopped government jobs like it was going out of style felt indignant that I implied he was living a luxurious life getting paid for almost no work. Truth be told, yes he was quite stable financially because of the choices of PSUs that he chose to work in. But it is also true that there are lakhs of government employees who have not been paid for many months/years.

While India has been splurging on trillion dollar defense deals, we have lakhs of government and PSU employees not getting paid their due salary. I can barely imagine how families can survive without salaries for as long as they have been. Reportedly, many of our PSUs have not paid their employees (aka Slaves) for over a year. Shocking!
Now, it's not because we don't have the money or because we are still called a 'developing/third world' country. But because much of the money that a honest tax payer contributes disappears into a labyrinth of bureaucracy and corruption.

Do we really need a nuclear submarine and 200 warplanes? Why do we need better weapons? Has any of the people we've killing complaining about the kind of missile that hit them?
Must we really send a man to the moon at the incredible cost of a thousand crore? Don't we have enough people to take care of here on earth?
How about the billions that flow down the drain during the great democratic juggernaut called Elections?

It is difficult to fathom how a nation with the kind of wealth and resources like India could still struggle to pay itself.
We may not have a capitalist economy but we certainly follow it as a religion.
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