Dr Quratul Ain Malik (CSP)
Introduction Good governance is a prerequisite for social harmony, public order, political stability, economic prosperity and certainty about future. It delivers the fruit of progress and development evenly to all and sundry. Good governance is required at all levels of society and state.
Essentials of good governance Promotion of national cohesion National integration Institutional supremacy Independent judiciary Constitutional supremacy Rule of law Political stability Educational opportunities Socio-economic development Equal distribution of resources Welfare state with provision of social securities Strong writ of the government on all fronts
Situation of governance in Pakistan Forces of disintegration -- stronger than forces of cohesion Weak writ of the government
Absence of independent judiciary No rule of law Political instability Interprovincial conflicts Unequal distribution of resources Pakistan presenting a picture of extreme bad governance on all national fronts
Political causes Parliament, a toothless tiger Political instability due to constant military interference Issue of provincialism on revenue, resources and demand of provincial autonomy
Administrative causes Bureaucratic hold on all institutions Political interference on bureaucracy Corruption, mother of all evils Absence of culture of accountability Mismanagement of resources Pakistan, a soft state because of inability of implementation of policies due to lack of consensus
Economic causes Fragile economy - FDI shrinking on account of terrorism and political instability Crisis of energy, food, water Corruption from top to bottom creating burden on the government exchequer
Social causes Poverty – 40 per cent population living below the poverty line (UN reports) Over population...