– Guest Editorial/Sidharth Mohanty
“I will give you a talisman. Whenever you are in doubt, or when the self becomes too much with you, apply the following test. Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man [woman] whom you may have seen, and ask yourself, if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him [her].”
The above talisman by Gandhi should have been the cornerstone of every policy, guidelines and decisions of the Govt. In first few decades after Independence that was the case. But after 90’s I feel that has completely been thrown out of windows.
I won’t write about other topics. But the recent handling of lock-down and its guidelines are pointer to that. In quest for life, livelihood was wasted. The babus & the politicians making those decisions are far away from ground realities.
Two months lock-down of business has a far cascading effect that I don’t think can be quantified.
“We may or may not die of Corona but it’s now sure we may die due to lock-down”: This statement by people is really true. Loan moratorium isn’t solution. Working capital has been lost.
Second point. Govt has opened up offices and employees are expected to go to office but public transportation are either not available or restricted. People have to take reserved autos or book cabs. Now a guy/gal getting Rs 12000 or less salary has to spend around half of his salary on transportation alone. Worse is the state of working girls and women.The babus/politicians zooming around in their office cars, getting their salaries and allowances do not think about this.