As the debate around the Jan Lokpal, corruption, etc gets more nuanced, its worth considering systemic changes. Yes, we need more impartial and effective policing, we need make giving and taking bribes “uncool”.
We also need to restructure governmental work, and political rewards such that
- For employees, the salaries and remunerations are attractive enough (esp true for policemen and teachers – not just in govt schools) for enough interested folks to want in.
- There are incentives tied in to our benefits, at the policy and execution level.
- The above are big enough for enough people to aspire to take these up professionally, while not compromising on ethical issues
- If enough honest folks are interested in these “jobs”, it might negate nepotism, incompetence, etc.
Basically, make it worth someone’s time to be a politician, at various levels, and totally worth their time to act in our favour collectively.
Say, if a local level political could legally make 25L a year, a lot many more smart people might get interested in taking it up. At a city level, you’d make the compensation higher – does a 1-3Cr sound ok? At a state and national level, it coculd be 3-25Cr.
And a lot of the compensation must be linked to metrics derived from developmental and growth indices.
Right now, a lot of capable folks in regular jobs clearly perceive politics as something you can make a career out of only if you’re ready to compromise on your ethics.
Can we change that, somehow?