CHITRAL: The cost of government to the national exchequer is one of the highest in the world, in Pakistan. The ratio of government functionaries in relation to the population is much higher than any developed, developing or even under developed countries. This inflation in the number of government paid functionaries (including ghost employees) has steadily increased over the years. The civil and millitary beaurocracy have increased their perks and benefits along with their numbers to almost unmanageable proportions.
The IMF keeps dictating Pakistan to manage it’s economy by increasing the price of fuel and electricity which directly effect the poorest of the poor but it never asks the government to reduce it’s cost by reducing it’s size and perks. The amount of fuel consumed by the army and civil beaurocracy if reduced by half (which can easily be done) can effectively reduce the burden on our foreign exchange account. Similarly the number of government functionaries can be reduced by half and emphasis put on quality rather than numbers.
Pakistan can stand again on it’s own feet without the crutches of the IMF and Oil Sheikhs if drastic reforms are brought about. Half baked and half hearted measures worsen the situation as is happening by the day. .. CN report, 02 Sep 2022