She was the first woman police officer in India to become Inspector General of Prisons, when she was put in charge of Tihar to administering the predominantly male prison, the largest prison in the Asia-Pacific region. Her experience and expertise as a police officer include 26 years of tough yet responsive and interactive policing in different functions throughout India.
Having earned the reputation of a police officer with a difference, she has represented India at the United Nations, in USA, European and Asian forums on drug abuse, drug trafficking, prison reform, and women's issues and also is a recipient of various awards and honours.
What does entrepreneurship mean for me as a government servant? Entrepreneurship means something that is entrepreneurial – innovative, courageous, bold, new, and breaking new grounds. Regretfully, this is not what is happening in the government sector yet. There may be some of it going on in the ministry of commerce, ministry of industry, ministry of overseas… but the drive I come from, the one that directly impacts you, it is not yet happening.
While you may think law enforcement is becoming lucrative economically, it is yet to be.
Look at the corruption in India – it is a matter of shame. I do not know how many of us really know where we rank, when it comes to world corruption index, do we?
We are just at about thirty points in the index, and that is just in the entire South Asian region. The toppers are Denmark, Finland, Switzerland and the US, that is 70 plus. This should make us think about who is corrupting what? I think, with great respect, that the private sector has a hand in corruption. I do not know who or what areas in private sector. However, the fact is that if somebody is bringing corruption in to the government sector, then it not government that is corrupting the government. It is somebody outside the government. I want to leave this thought with the private sector.
As a government entrepreneur, I have a revolutionary idea to regulate. I do not know what role can you play in getting it done, but I am just saying it for ideas’ sake. Because, to find out whether or not an idea can be enforced, one needs to share the idea.
How do we make the bureaucrats, police officers, politicians, and the government, walk the streets every day? Why can’t we have a rule by which before they come into the office, they begin in the field? This would mean greater visibility, direct accessibility, great accountability, direct listening and direct observation. This means, seeing, listening and believing. To me, across the board when we have a decent management rule i.e. you begin with walking through the municipal corporations’ garbage. Imagine a police officer walking in the streets themselves and looking at the unauthorized constructions, which means directly meeting the people. Imagine, chief ministers traveling in the Blue Line buses. Imagine if this would happen across the board line range. It is just like CEOs and senior managers taking a walk around their offices. We do not have this system of CEO’s in government being entrepreneurial, which is walking the street, walking the talk… this to me, truly entrepreneurial.
One other thing I would like to mention is that how is it possible for us to bring about a technological revolution, social revolution, and information revolution and a political technology revolution, as well. Simply put, our politics is obsolete, and so are our blocks. However, you do not have a say, you do not have the courage to say, and you are not united to say.
You are driving information change, but not driving a government change. However, I want to ask you, are you in the position to drive that change? Because doing a green revolution alone is not enough, until you also have bureaucratic and political revolution.
written by Ugg Boots Low Prices, November 18, 2010
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