Good example by Comdt Scouts; No name on inaugural plaque

Published on: 12/10/2019 | Comments: No comments 

CHITRAL: In a country where anyone who can mange puts pictures on the media of inaugurating everything they can lay their hands on. Recently there have been pictures of a politician cutting the ribbon in a ‘ceremony’ to put a lid on an open sewer manhole in Karachi. Similarly another politician standing on a big heap of garbage is smiling at the camera while handing over a mini Suzuki carry to the municipal committee for removal of the mountain of trash. These are not isolated events, but represent the mindset of the majority of politicians in the country.

The reason why every one wants his name on an inaugural plaque is because Pakistan’s political system is more dependent on individuals than institutions. No body trusts the institutions and go after individuals as long as ‘their sun is shining’.

Some healthy examples of not giving importance to inaugural ceremonies and plaques have been set in Chitral in the past. The most gleaming one of them being the new chowni bridge which was built by the Japanese in a record time. However no body knows when they began the work and when they finished. One fine morning travelers were amazed to find that they could travel freely on the newly built bridge. There was no inaugural or opening ceremony – there was only work.

Similarly the plaque on the wall of the Burn and Trauma Center at the DHQ Hospital Chitral, carries no name, only the designation of the inaugurating guest, the Commandant Chitral Scouts.

The PTI govt trying to bring about petty reforms which are within it’s powers, can do well to put a ban on writing the personal name of any dignitary laying a foundation stone, inaugurating or opening a project funded with public money. .. CN report, 12 Oct 2019

Why there should be a ban on Inaugural ceremonies

Published on: 22/01/2018 | Comments: 1 comment 

Chitral .. The recent episode of political workers of two different political parties confronting each other over the issue of who should inaugurate a project at the hospital in Booni, has highlighted once again the ludicrousness of the culture of holding inaugural ceremonies of government projects and putting up name plates of politicians on them.

Development projects are carried out with public money and should be treated as routine matters. Putting names of politicians on the projects is ridiculous. The practice started in the early 80s when development funds started being disbursed through politicians. Ever since corruption along with superficial showmanship has become a culture in Pakistan. The culture has developed to an extent that now the name of not only one person but a number of persons including the name of the contractor are put on the inauguration plaque.

If any politician or for that matter any person carries out a development project with his personal money or has major personal contribution in the project he deserves to inaugurate it and have his name plate on it, but if the money is of the government and the government paid functionaries or contractors have carried out the project why should it carry forever name of the politician who merely signed the sanction document.

If inaugural ceremonies and plaques are so necessary, at least the plaque should only mention the designation of the person and not his name e.g. inaugurated by the President of Pakistan, or the Member Provincial Assembly or the District Nazim etc (without the name of the person).

It is high time we become rational and judicious with our ways and shun all nonsensical practices. .. CN report, 22 Jan 2018