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Of perks and salaries

The unanimous and quick decision by members of the Punjab Assembly to increase their perks and salaries by a great margin is quite unsurprising. Such a move was widely expected given how politicians are often found to be looking after self-interests in most parts of the world.
The exponential increase gives them benefits that were previously found in major corporate houses. But then again, the state is neither a corporate nor a private enclosure where one rules on their whims and wishes.
Those who came to power with a promise of meaningful change have certainly backtracked on the much-hyped austerity drive. With the economy in shambles, was it really necessary for such exorbitant measures? Most certainly not!
The slogan of Naya Pakistan is turning out to be a mere populist approach. There’s no point in keep high promises when certain objectives can’t be duly achieved. In other words, the PTI has remained true to its cause of taking U-turns.
Indeed, the coalition government in Punjab can’t be entirely blamed since other parties such as the PML-N jumped in as well in joining the chorus for self-interests.
The state is suffering from numerous issues on domestic fronts which include lack of infrastructural development, inadequate quality of health and education in the public sector, soaring crime rates and a never-ending bureaucratic red-tape that has hijacked the state’s machinery.
In such a scenario, legislators should have thought a hundred times before looking after their own interests. Sadly, it might take years to realise this since traditional politics in this country is devoid of farsighted vision and oversight to a great extent.



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