Are privatisation and technology the solution for social evils like corruption?
Can priviatisation and technology alone weed out corruption? Discuss.
In India there is a discussion among policy circles to introduce ICT technology and privatisation for social problems. No doubt technology helps in solving social problems. But ultimately it is we humans who must solve problems. One of the main reasons for privatisation in 1991 was to reduce red tape bureaucracy. Many sectors of economy were liberalised and given to private players. But the result was that, 20 years later, we are hearing scams to the tune of lakhs of crores. Did privatisation really stop corruption? In fact it increases the scope of corruption in the name of auctioning of natural resources.
Similarly, presently every government, both state and central, are increasingly bringing in biometrics and ICT technologies in weeding out corruption. But several newspaper reports suggest massive corruption after biometrics and new methods of harrassing people by officials.
No doubt ICT technologies and biometrics can save a lot of tax money by increased efficiency. But ultimately corruption is a social problem and it needs social solutions.
What is your thought?