Is Consumer apathy more dangerous that Official apathy?Recently we had the pub fire tragedy in Mumbai, where around 14 people lost their lives, similarly every month we hear about members of the public, common people who lose their lives due to the mistakes or misconduct of the official machinery, the very people who should be safe- guarding us.
School buses driven by drunken drivers leading to accidents, potholes leading to mishaps and loss of life and deaths due to failure to maintain and implement safety measures. On paper there are many rules and regulations but in practice they are often not implmented.
If the above Official apathy is well known, we, as consumers are also responsible too. How many of us ask question such irregularities, do we question these pubs about safety measures, do we question the TTR about the safety of tracks before train journey, do we question the owners of high raise apartments are there adequate safety measures, do we question or complain about drunken drivers. Most of the times, the answer would be no for various reasons.
So, Official or Government apathy does co-exist with consumer apathy towards safety, rules and regulations. I think apathy on the part of consumer is more dangerous than apathy of official as we, the end consumers are the last step where a disaster can be averted, if we question safety irregularities and breach of rules.