28th October 2017
China’s bureaucracy is accountable. India’s is not. That explains 90 per cent of their performance over the past 30 years.
This response on Quora by a Chinese person nails it:
Why hasn’t India been able to build a large-scale infrastructure comparable to China’s (both in the past and present)? Concerning the Great Wall, did China have much more of a need to build this infrastructure when compared to India?
In China , the head of transport department of a city need to show the mayor and citizens his or her ability and show everyone he or she deserves the position. So, the head needs achievements in the year end. The mayor don’t care what he talked in front of city council, but the consequences. If traffic jam happens in a city and get worse for a long time , and people think no efficient effort to deal with , three steps are likely to happen,
- the whole transportation department will be blamed in the internal committee, from mayor office or the provincial transportation department.
- The whole transportation department lose bonus at year end
- No one get permission in the transportation department this year.
- The people responsible for relvant problems have to honorable retired. Yes, it actually means fired.
And China even has more horrible things for Indian, if the project not reach the standard, the officer who operated it must be responsible for it whole life, even retired. If the project failed for artificial wrongdoing, cause considerable losses,he still will be jailed even 60 years old.
ADDENDUM 1 NOVEMBER 2017
I chanced upon this article on the World Bank blog: China’s Accountability and India’s Voice
My FB comment on the article:
DELIVER OR LEAVE IS CHINA’S MOTTO. IN INDIA ALL USELESS, EVEN CORRUPT, OFFICIALS ARE GIVEN A JOB (AND GUARANTEED PROMOTIONS) FOR LIFE – INCLUDING PENSION.
“India has voice and China has accountability,”
“People who know the inside of the Chinese Communist Party and the bureaucracy know that things get done because internal accountability within the system is strong. Performance evaluation and promotion supports the policy direction of the party.”
THE IAS – THE WORLD’S MOST UNACCOUNTABLE BUREAUCRACY – MUST GO. PERIOD.
Btw, I’m somewhat surprised that the World Bank, generally populated by well paid idiots, even published this. For NONE of their writings on India demonstrate even the remotest understanding of governance.