Governance is a set of processes, policies, and actions which any government or an organization takes for overall and equal development of its peoples and of all the stakeholders. Every segment of an organization or department of Government, State or Central, which is responsible to run the government or an organization has to ensure that all the stakeholders are getting equally benefited and that too in time. They have to ensure that the developmental projects are executed in time, people get justice in time, and life becomes easier with every passing day. A good governance ensures equal distribution of resources amongst all section and categories of the stakeholders.
The tests of the good governance are:-
- Whether there is a visible improvement in the living standards of the stakeholders.
- Whether there is a comparative decrease in time in delivery of services in all sectors.
- Has the gap between expected services and delivery of services narrowed down? If it has, it is good, but in case it has widened it is bad governance.
- Is the gap between the highest income and lowest income decreasing? If decreasing it is a result of good governance if widening it is otherwise.
- Are all the stakeholders happy to carry on with existing governing systems or are fed up with that and want a change?
Is this really happening on the ground? The promises made, the policies announced, and the rules made, are only on the papers.Nothing much is done on the ground.
The stakeholders have to decide for themselves whether they are getting the benefits of good governance or not.
It is observed that those at the helm of affairs bother more for themselves and less for the stakeholders, the result is total chaos in the governing system.
This happens due to lack of accountability, nonseriousness in accountability or poor accountability and absence of deterrence. If we look at what is happening on the ground we find that those responsible for providing good governance and ensure equi-distribution of resources among all are bothered for a multifold increase in their own incomes and facilities, leaving the stakeholders to fight for the peanuts.
The projects of national importance are delayed by a period which is much more than the period projected for completion of the same. The developmental schemes for the masses are only on papers and very little reaches the ground. There is hardly any visible change or any improvement in the living standards of the people in the weaker and neglected sections of the society even after their three generations, and the gap between the poor and the rich has widened to an unimaginable extent. Delivery of justice has not picked speed in spite of so much modernization and it seems as if it has been left to the fate of the masses. The graph of incidences of frauds, crimes, corruption, and intolerance is on the rise. The possessions amassed out of corruption and the crime are now being recognized in the society with the esteem rather with disregard. This is a very disturbing attitude of the society as a whole.
The tolerance and brotherhood amongst different communities are decreasing and need to be taken seriously by the concerned governments, all political parties, religious heads, and organizations as well as by all the stakeholders. All religions preach peace, brotherhood, and love, as all of us, are basically sons of the same universal Father, to which we call by different names; God, Ishwar, Parmatma, Allah, Khuda, Waheguru etc. All of us believe that there is only one Supreme Being and we all are His children. We have therefore to find out the root cause of hate and intolerance, identify the people responsible for spreading the same and ignore them. This dirty trend needs to be discouraged by all concerned at all levels.
There is, however, no dearth of people of integrity, who keep on working tirelessly for the welfare of mankind. There is definitely a silver-lining behind the black clouds. These people are working tirelessly to improve governance and we need to encourage and support them in their endeavor and not to lose hope. Not only the people at the helm of affairs but everyone associated with governance has to work in a missionary mode to improve the lot of the children of the lesser God. THERE IS NO OTHER WAY OUT. Everyone has to understand the responsibility and work with dedication. Corporate Social Responsibility or Governmental Social Responsibility is not sufficient unless there is a sound Individual Social Responsibility in place.