Shifting blame at taxpayers’ expense

26 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Following suggestions of police, DSCC decided to introduce remote control of traffic signals to make digital signal system effective as the flow of traffic is not always the same. Police failed to control traffic digitally using remote controls which they attributed to technical faults and the city corporation officials blamed the inaptness of traffic cops for failing to effectively use the remote controls they were given for the purpose. Eventually the move to digitise the traffic control system in Dhaka city for ending manual controlling fell flat due to these two feuding departments.

The age-old system of passing the buck seems to be plaguing both the DSCC and the traffic control cops as they jointly failed in the digital mission to control traffic jam. Till we overcome this tendency to shift the blame for everything going wrong on to another person or entity, we cannot make much headway on the road to personal, professional or national development. As long as we keep shifting the blame on to others while overlooking our own negligence we cannot improve our performance.

For any improvement in our performance as an individual or as a nation, we must own our shortcomings and take full responsibility for them, as only then can we move ahead from the point of age-old stagnation to improve self. This is the point where we tend to fail, despite all the hard work, talent and ability that we have, as we just don’t want to take any responsibility of our actions or inactions.

This is nothing new for Bangladesh, as we have observed year after year how one department of the government makes a road one day and the next day another department starts digging the newly made road to lay underground pipes or wires. This lack of coordination and cooperation among various departments of the government results in boundless wastage of taxpayers’ money and sufferings of the people.

Acquiring tech gadgets without initiation and training cannot bear optimum results. We suggest government bodies to curb eagerness for procurement and invest more in human resource development for efficacy of resources.