CHITRAL: When the late Abdul Sattar Eidhi (pride of humanity) would spread his cloth sheet on the pavements of Karachi’s streets, money would start falling on it like rainfall, ranging from a few rupees to millions in bank checks. This would happen because people trusted Eidhi. His selfless service to humanity over the decades and his humble life style were enough of assurance to the people that their money would be used well and for the purpose being donated.
In Pakistan today, the government is appealing to the people to come forward and donate to the relief work after the devastating floods that have inflicted carnage in the country. The response is not encouraging. The reason is because people do not trust government functionaries. They have witnessed it over the decades that much of such donations have been misused, embezzled and frittered in ways, leaving little for the affectees.
It is not only hard core corruption that is the problem of Pakistan. It is the soft core corruption in the form of institutionalised wastage of public money that is now the more troublesome problem. The inflated government system is too heavy for the economy. Where the used to be a DC and an AC running the district ,now there are a battery of Additional, Assistant, Extra Assistant … commissioners all with similarly inflated lower staff and using expensive vehicles on free fuel. This kind of burden on the economy cannot be sustained without taking continuous loans, to sustain this sordid system.
When government officials right from the President/Prime Minister/Army Chief decide to adopt austere and minimalist lifestyles and drive the example down to the lowest level, cutting down overhead expenditures by 60 percent, people will develop trust in them and donate as they would to Sattar Eidhi. .. CN report, 30 Aug 2022