Liberty will do … as long as my Welfare State and my bailout is safe! | Cartoon Michael Ramirez; on 8th April, 2009; Source and courtesy – investors.com | Click for larger image.
The generally accepted view is that the government runs a bloated bureaucracy. Its current employee strength is 3.32 million. But over 80 per cent of this number is accounted for by specific service departments: posts, central police forces and the railways. Logically, these should not be counted as part of a “bureaucracy”, which as a consequence stands reduced to a relatively modest 600,000. Since the overwhelming majority of even that consists of clerical and support staff, the operational part of the government is quite simply too small. (via Fat in the wrong place).
The good news!
2ndlook has been consistently saying that the Indian Government is NOT fiscally expanding – as percentage of GDP. In terms of employee numbers, like this post (linked above) shows, it has shrunk. As more Indians have moved away from the brink of survival, they have come to depend less on public health care and public food grain distribution.
Who will cut health care costs? For instance in the US, the majority wants the State to increase its powers! | Cartoonist – David Horsey; Originally published on August 24, 2009; courtesy – sfgate.com | Click for larger image.
It wuz jes poor service
Critics may carp that the those who have moved away, have done so due to the ‘poor’ service levels at Governmental health care and public food-grain centres.
What the carpers forget is that there is a decrease in total demand for such centres or any vocal activism to improve the ‘free’ system.
Quite unlike the citadel of the welfare state – the West.
Indians see a decreasing role for the State in the future – in spite of the best efforts of the State to increase its role. And a ‘progressive’ lobby, like the writer of the post (linked above), who would like the Government to have a better ‘teeth-to-tail’ ratio.
The Indian State meets its colonial cousin
Under the garb of ‘growth’ and ‘progress’ the Indian Government has launched new mega projects to expand its footprint. For instance, the NREGA and Unique Identification Database Authority of India (UIDAI; headed by Nandan Nilekani of Infosys fame). Will the Indian Government sheds it colonial baggage and Western leanings and go for an Indic model?
So, what will it be, India?!
The world’s first (and only?) lean Government – or a bloated Western style ‘Welfare State”?