Servants or masters?... By Zaheer
21 March, 2013
Many ambitious graduates in Pakistan aspire to become CSP officers because of the facilities and prestige a bureaucrat enjoys in this country. Civil services should be a responsive institution, but, in Pakistan, civil servants are mostly unresponsive and lack the spirit of public service.
One of the possible reasons behind this attitude of governing instead of serving may be because of the fact that Pakistan inherited its civil service structure from the British. Our colonial masters designed the civil services to serve their own purposes, and not to serve the locals. Pakistan has retained the inherited civil service structure instead of reforming it. The present system is producing officers with an elitist mindset; they not only keep a distance from the ordinary people but also humiliate the general public. The training programmes for civil servants must be geared towards inculcating in them the qualities of humility, which they lack.
MUHAMMAD ZAHEER ABBAS