Do you agree with Nagaland Chief Secretary’s (CS) view that ‘lack of coordination’ between different depts is the main hindrance obstructing work progress in the state?

Do you agree with Nagaland Chief Secretary’s (CS) view that ‘lack of coordination’ between different depts is the main hindrance obstructing work progress in the state?

Some of those who voted YES had this to say:

• Yes. Spot on. The reasons for the lack of coordination has to do with not wanting to share financial resources, ego, lack of communication and simply just not able to do their job well.

• For any successful development and governance, coordination is a must. CS is the head of all departments in the state and if he is saying so, it may be right.

• Yes. There has been too much bifurcation in the administration and too much political transfers and this is affecting coordination.

• For CS being head of bureaucrats retrospect so, its big a Yes and may our Nagaland keep changing in this way. Straight to the question, we have a cancer of “ISM” (relation-cousin, aunty, uncle etc, colony/wards/area, village, tribal, range etc.) in doing any kind works at any level of organisation, and that is the root of all the corruptions and pillar of all the failure. This issue relate to earlier poll (of The Morung Express) on Rule of Law. When a government set a plan of work, this cannot be successful without coordination (teamwork). On sad note, there is coordination in depts., but stronger in negative work. Not as strong as required in positive way. So, it’s time to test the real taste of teamwork and progress. It’s not okay to say “change is coming” but say “It’s changed.” We have read a lot, learn a lot…. Now let’s do it.

• Yes. Lack of coordination when it comes to work but excellent cooperation and coordination when siphoning off funds.

• Yes. This is a pertinent question. From the public side they will point to corruption as the main cause. For bureaucrats and other officers in the administration they will definitely identify the lack of coordination as one of the main deterrents in the functioning of the system.

• Yes. Political transfer is the main cause as it hampers the system of functioning.

• Because of the incompetent older generation and their lack of knowledge in their own field.

• Exactly. Even a common man is witness to egoistic values within every department and so also, the huge gap prevailing among departments of our government.

Some of those who voted NO had this to say:

• No. Blaming the ‘lack of coordination’ among various government departments as the main bottleneck in implementation of government projects is a big red herring. It attempts to mislead the public from the main cause of government’s chronic inefficiency – misappropriation of public fund for personal aggrandizement. Also admitting to a ‘lack of coordination’ in the functioning of the government seems to suggest that the bureaucracy has become redundant and superfluous. They are not doing their job. Lack of coordination is an effect and not the cause of the lack of progress in developmental works. The Chief Secretary office has unwittingly issued a self-appraisal of its (lack of) performance. His Excellency, the Governor of Nagaland should immediately call for an enquiry and take immediate measures to stop further abuse of government institutions for the welfare of the public. The chronic inefficiency of the government is undermining the right to life of the citizens of the state.

• No. Lack of coordination cannot be the basis for poor delivery of services in Nagaland. The fundamental problem is the structural organization which has been non-accountable and the right sizing of bureaucracy is the key approach to effective and efficient public services. The colonial mode of public services has been the fundamental problem in our state which needs to be address at the earliest. We r in 2019 and the functioning of bureaucracy is still colonial and rent seeking has become a means to amass public fund for self interest project. No wonder we are lacking far behind from all the northeastern states in India.

• Big No. It’s Naga people lion share in the pocket. If 70% work and 30% eat than the work will be done but its reverse to Naga people – 70% eat: 30% work.

Some of those who voted OTHERS had this to say:

• Not sure it is the main hindrance, but definitely one of the major clogs. Corruption, and many would agree, remains the king of obstruction. Regardless, lack of coordination or to be more precise – a combo of tribalism and ego is a well known element which persistently and continuously plagues the work process and progress of the state’s administration. Apart from this, an apparent lack of professionalism and sense of responsibility amongst working officials is a noteworthy character to detest and be done away with. And not to forget the eternal problem of ‘tax’ and land compensation. A herculean task to manifest development and progress indeed.

• Its only one of the factors. But most important is having strong political will to achieve.

• Corruption is.

• “Lack of coordination” is just an excuse of the underlying corruption that goes on in every department.

• Exactly. If corruption is rooted out, coordination will come naturally. Take the case of Forest Department and Department of Geology and mining. Both of them wants money so both department taxes timber merchants and sand suppliers leaving the citizen to bear the inconvenience so caused by their greed.

• Lack of coordination in one way or the other will always be there, but that can’t be taken as the biggest stumbling block. What about politicians influence, UGs influence and some self seeking NGOs influence?

• Truly said. Murky functioning of government.

• CS himself might have been one of them before, I am not very sure.

• What type of works progress? Presently the hot topic is road condition. If it is reflecting to this topics or any engineering works topics, how could one believe if one does not know engineering topics? Must be borrowing using the power from engineers if it is engineering topics.

• Lack of coordination has to do with the unwillingness to share the funds that will be pocketed that were meant for development!

• Lack of good and sincere leaders at higher level is the main reason

• It is one of the reasons but not the main reason for hindrance of development works in Nagaland. Systematic corruption from funding to final stage of payment, numerous taxes and a mindset that has no room for public property or public welfare but heavily leaning towards selfish and self aggrandizement. Some NGO’s in the work for bettering the society diminish their very purpose by extracting their pound of flesh. Many in authority cannot do much because they are living in glass houses. Al’s, our rhetorical are confined to lectures and write ups that are forgotten before the sun sets.

• Actually, it’s the lack of coordination between departments on how to embezzle public money, which is the main hindrance.