Saturday, 24 April 2010

Get the basics right!

This is a term that my friend Meekal used with me today. All we need is get the basics right! Others around the table also yelled, “it is not rocket science!” All we need is “Get the basics right!”

My question “what are the basics?” was drowned out! We all know what the basics are without actually talking about it. This is how economics is done in Pakistan.

With persistence I found out what the basics were.
· Get inflation down
· Increase revenues
· Increase exports
· Increase growth

Makes it easy! Does it not!

We wish all the good things and call it economics.

For sixty years Plan after Plan as wished for these good things, increase production, increase growth, increase exports. It is just so sad that the economy will not listen to these economists and deliver all good things like production, growth and exports. And not to forget that all this must happen with low inflation.

Of course we must keep asking for more revenues and every discussion must not well-worn examples of the rich not paying taxes. Ok so let us have a new tax and collection must improve. There you go. Now see “It is not rocket science!” What is it about rocket science that these guys like? Every three minutes, someone mutters “it is not rocket science!” and all nod in agreement. Discussion killed! Time for next anecdote!

Well how about another list of basics!
· Improving law and order
· Securing property rights
· Strengthening contracting
· Reducing transaction costs
· Redesigning and reframing markets for efficiency
· Removing incentives for rentseeking and putting in place incentives for entrepreneurship

This was what government was supposed to do. This is the basics of governance! Sure it requires hard work and much thinking to make this happen. And yes it is even more complicated than rocket science.
If our friends would be more inquiring, they would find out that the development experience of the last sixty years has shown the primacy of these basics over their usual list of basics. Without better governance, all those good things that our economists take with for may not happen. A little reflection will show that Plan after Plan wishing for increased growth exports and production with higher revenues have come to naught because of “poor governance!”

Perhaps, saying “it is not rocket science!” stops these people from thinking. All of us need to come out of our comfort zone and encourage discussion and debate.

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Pak Energy Problem is Governance Issue

Courtesy Ali Kemal:

The Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) on Friday released a list of Federal, Provincial Government Departments & Autonomous bodies which owed the company Rs1575.23 million and issued them final notices. Here is the list of defaulters; (it speaks for itself---or it would be nice if could collect some nice comments)!

TOP DEFAULTERS

ARREAR LIST OF TOP 200 Private & Government (Active & disconnected) consumers AS ON 28-02-2010

AS ON 28-02-2010

SR.

NAME AND ADDRESS

AMOUNT OF ARREAR

STATUS

AGE (MONTH)

1

ITTEFAQ FOUNDRIES LTD KOT LAKHPAT LHR

40,436,412.00

85

2

PAKISTAN RAILWAY POWER HOUSE MOGHALPURA LAHORE

25,770,008.00

3

3

M-M-MALIK SHALAMAR TOWN LAHORE

2,875,182.00

ERN

72

4

MIAN RIAZ AHMED SARTAJ ICE FACTORY G T RD LHR

17,948,670.00

ERO

10

5

PAKISTAN RAILWAY POWER HOUSE MOGHALPURA LAHORE

14,865,396.00

2

6

MEDICAL SUPERINTENDENT M H LAHORE 1

4,218,486.00

ERO

4

7

MUNIR AHMAD BUT DATA STEEL MILL SHK PUR RD

13,129,129.00

94

8

SENIOR MECHNICAL ENGINEER WASA LHR

2,622,950.00

ERO

4

9

COMMANDING OFFICER SATLUJ RANJHEAD QUARTER LAHORE CAN

11,770,604.00

ERO

4

10

M.D.WASA LDA NAWAN KOT

11,557,663.00

ERO

4

11

M-S ABDUL GHANI LAHORE

11,271,965.00

ERO

4

12

USMAN JAVED MUHAMMAD JAVED SHAFIMUZA RUSA

11,270,065.00

DCN

2

13

ASAD ABBAS ARSHAD ALI GHULAM MU

11,097,006.00

ERO

5

14

CHAUDRY STEET MILL BHOGIWAL ROAD BAGHBAN PURLAHORE

10,673,908.00

ERO

10

15

M/S TAJ TENTILE MILLS LTD49 KM MULTAN ROAD PHOOL NAGA

10,268,244.00

ERO

35

16

CH REHMAT ALI KHAN S/O KHAN MUHAMMAD BOGHIWAL R

10,235,281.00

ERO

6

17

T.M.O ALLAMA IQBAL TOWN LAHORE LAHORE

9,798,691.00

ERO

31

18

XEN WASA KHOKHAR RO

9,792,373.00

ERO

4

19

SENIOR MECH ENG C D III LHR

9,559,434.00

ERO

4

20

BURHAN STEEL MILLS MULTAN ROAD LHR

9,377,635.00

ERO

44

21

MEDICAL SUPDT LHR

9,301,093.00

ERO

5

22

MALIK MUHAMMAD ALI MALIK ATTIQ-UR-REHMA(PVT)LTD 6

9,168,274.00

DCN

2

23

ABDUL LATIF RAHIM BUX LAHORE

9,027,936.00

9

24

MIAN ALI TAJ MIAN NAEEM AHMED BANK STOP

8,793,839.00

ERO

7

25

STEEL FORCE SHEIKHUPURA ROAD LAHORE

8,596,111.00

85

26

MUHAMMAD JAMIL S/O N AHMAD LHR

8,570,001.00

ERO

5

27

SHEZAD RASHID 61 BRANDRATH ROAD R.1 RESLH

7,865,200.00

ERO

84

28

ZAHOOR SPINNING MILLS NO 49 KM MULTAN ROAD M-MANDI

7,808,379.00

ERO

36

29

FAROOQ HABIB MANGA MAND

7,591,844.00

ERO

3

30

MUHAMAMD JAMIL FATAH GARVA LHR

7,432,196.00

ERO

81

31

MS RIAZ AHMAD STEEL MILL SHAHDARA LAHORE

7,429,303.00

ERN

100

32

SUPRINTENDENT JAIL LHR

7,387,374.00

ERO

4

33

MALIK ASGHAR ALI 8TH MILE GT ROAD SHAHDARA

7,018,567.00

ERO

44

34

RAJA MUHAMMAD AMIN KHAN RAJA KHAN ZAMAN KHANLHR

6,835,922.00

ERO

7

35

T.M.O SHALAMAR TOWN LAHORE LHR

6,758,058.00

ERO

8

36

T.M.O SHALAMAR TOWN LAHORE LAHORE

6,727,556.00

ERO

8

37

CHAIRMAN MUNCIPAL COMMTT C RD PATTOKI PTK 2

6,560,837.00

ERO

23

38

SHAHBAZ AHMED SH JALAL DIN SH NEAR SHAKO

6,430,804.00

ERO

5

39

MUHAMMAD FIAZ RASHID PURA BEHIND PAKISTLHR

6,384,879.00

ERO

16

40

CH MUHAMMAD WAHEED BHENI ROAD LHR

6,309,968.00

ERO

88

41

DISTRIC JAIL LAHORE

6,217,384.00

ERO

3

42

M S KASHMIR STEEL FURNACE LHR

6,191,926.00

61

43

M M FAROOQ AND BROTHERS MOMEN PURA RD LHR

6,183,714.00

45

44

MADICAL SUPRINTENLENT G RAM HOSPITAL LHR

6,144,253.00

ERO

3

45

CHAIR MAN TOWN COMMITTEE BP

6,037,189.00

ERO

13

46

CHAIRMAN MUNCIPAL COMMTTECHUNIAN RD PTK 2

5,985,854.00

ERO

16

47

MEHTAB KHAN S/O NAWAB DIN LAHORE

5,951,340.00

2

48

PROJECT DIR PAEDIATRIC HOSPITAL INSTITUTE

5,872,806.00

ERO

2

49

SDO PUBLIC HEALTH ENG WATER WORKS PTK CHUNIAN

5,561,913.00

ERO

25

50

RAVI TEXTILE MILLS MANGA MAND

5,346,620.00

DCN

2

51

MESSERS DATA TEXTILE MILMULTAN RD BHAI PHERU

5,256,875.00

ERO

34

52

MALIK JAVAID AKHTAR AWAN ASIF ICE FACTORY K-ABDULLH

5,255,505.00

ERO

23

53

STATE GUEST HOUSE LAHORE

5,185,473.00

ERO

22

54

T.M.O GULBURG TOWN LAHORE LHR

5,175,343.00

ERO

17

55

T.M.O DATA GUNJ BUX TOWN LHR LHR

5,122,100.00

ERO

8

56

SDO WASA WORKSHOP MAIN OUT F

5,090,577.00

ERO

5

57

MOHAMMAD ARIF GONDAL A H15.5KM SKP RD LHR

5,032,710.00

ERO

83

58

DISTRICT HEAD QUARTER KASUR

4,924,127.00

ERO

3

59

T.M.O ALLAMA IQBAL TOWN LAHORE TOWN SHIP

4,903,148.00

ERO

31

60

CHIEF ENGINEER E&M LAHORE

4,829,901.00

ERO

31

61

T.M.O FEROZE WALA LHR TOWN COMMITTEE SKP RD SHD

4,766,888.00

ERO

8

62

MEDICAL SUPDT LAHORE

4,757,626.00

ERO

3

63

T.M.A WAHGA TOWN LHR

4,735,576.00

ERO

2

64

SUPERINTENDENT CAMP JAIL LAHORE

4,725,689.00

ERO

3

65

MEHER MUHAMMAD JAHNGHIR MADINA COLONY B.PURA LHR

4,713,882.00

ERN

45

66

SHOUKAT MEHMOOD MOHAMMAD LATIF IAN TAIG G

4,701,239.00

ERO

5

67

MUNCIPLE ENGINIER (LMC) LAHORE

4,679,534.00

ERO

30

68

CHAIRMAN TOWN COMMITEE BHAI PHERU TOSI SCH BP

4,669,467.00

ERO

15

69

T.M.O RAVI TOWN LAHORE TRACTION H

4,651,341.00

ERO

31

70

L.D.A.TUBE WELL LHR

4,619,758.00

ERO

8

71

T.M.O RAVI TOWN LAHORE LAHORE

4,588,547.00

ERO

31

72

GE SERVICES MES 68 ABAD MAJEED ROAD LHR C

4,544,077.00

ERO

29

73

CHIEF ENGINEER E&M LMC LHR

4,505,921.00

ERO

31

74

XEN WASA LDA

4,411,537.00

ERO

4

75

T M O ALLAMA IQBAL TOWN A-AI-AII-A

4,400,116.00

ERO

31

76

S.D.O. PUBLIC HEALTH PHOOL NAGAR CHN

4,376,263.00

DCN

9

77

CH MUHAMMAD TARIQ RUSTAM STEEL MILL NOOR RDLHR

4,367,538.00

24

78

MUHAMMAD ILYAS SO JAN MUH

4,294,213.00

11

79

DIRECOR OPERATION WASA LHR

4,238,974.00

ERO

7

80

WASA T WELL MINI MARKET SMD GULBERG LA

4,174,646.00

ERO

6

81

T.M.O DATA GUNJ BUX TOWN LHR LHR

4,132,959.00

ERO

31

82

LDA T/WELL WASA LAHORE

4,121,953.00

ERO

7

83

DIRECTOR OPERATION WASA LAHORE

4,091,060.00

ERO

8

84

DIRECTOR DM WASA LDA A.I.TOWN L

4,087,847.00

ERO

7

85

CH.GULAM MUHAMMAD JHUGIAN JAMBRAN M.ROAD LHR

4,052,519.00

ERO

25

86

S.D.O E&M LAHORE

4,037,369.00

ERO

2

87

T.M.O DATA GUNJ BUX TOWN LHR LAHORE

3,995,018.00

ERO

31

88

T.M.O SHALAMAR TOWN LAHORE LAHORE

3,991,026.00

ERO

31

89

T.M.O RAVI TOWN LAHORE SHD

3,982,303.00

ERO

8

90

DY DIRECTOR ENGGR T/WELL WASA LAHORE

3,978,241.00

ERO

8

91

T.M.O ALLAMA IQBAL TOWN LAHORE LAHORE

3,971,991.00

ERO

8

92

THE DIRECTOR OPERATION NORTH LDA WASA SHAHDARA L

3,879,632.00

ERO

7

93

MIAN HUSSAN BARKAT MIAN BARKAT ALI 48 K.M MUL

3,874,967.00

4

94

XEN LHR DIVISION C B D C IRRIGATION PKOHAHI DIS

3,871,854.00

ERO

6

95

MUNICIPAL ENGINEER E&M G.T ROAD

3,855,595.00

ERO

31

96

T.M.O ALLAMA IQBAL TOWN LAHORE LAHORE

3,854,214.00

ERO

8

97

XEN LAHORE DIVISION CBDC IRRIGATION AND RD 400-00

3,735,541.00

ERO

6

98

XEN LAHORE DIVISION C.B.D C (I & P) NO. 1 CANA

3,725,939.00

ERO

6

99

SH.MOHAMMAD ARIF MOHAMMAD RAFIQUE BATAPUR LA

3,710,045.00

ERO

3

100

XEN HOUSING STREET LIGHT LAHORE

3,688,877.00

ERO

6

101

CHIRMAN UNIAN COUNCIL WATAR SUPPLU LAMBAY JAGIRBPR

3,676,102.00

ERO

17

102

ADMINISTERATOR MUNICIPAL COMM. PTK.I

3,669,697.00

ERO

25

103

SR. CONSTRUCTION ENGINEER HOSPITAL L

3,668,488.00

ERO

4

104

MR KHALID AZIZ KHAN M/S AZIZ SPINNING MILLS LRAIWIND RO

3,646,340.00

ERO

44

105

CHAIRMAN MUNCIPAL COMMTTEE PTK I

3,586,414.00

ERO

27

106

SENIOR C N G CONS DIVN (E & M)L D A WASA T.WELL

3,568,451.00

ERO

7

107

AYAZ TEXTILE MILLS LIMITERAIWND ROAD KASUR

3,550,681.00

ERO

11

108

SENIOR ENG.CONS WASA LDA T/W TAKIA LAHRI SHAHICHRAH LAH

3,491,786.00

ERO

7

109

DIR OPERATION LDA TUBEWELL LHR

3,483,978.00

ERO

6

110

S.D.O PUBLIC HEALTH ENG. LAMBAY JAGIR PHOOL NAGA

3,447,065.00

ERO

8

111

IFTKHAR HUSSAIN KACHA ROAD PAPER MILL LAHORE

3,428,236.00

ERO

9

112

DIR.OPERATION-WASA LDA LAHORE

3,425,772.00

ERO

6

113

SDO PHED WATER WORKS T WELL 2BHAI PHERU

3,412,467.00

ERO

11

114

TAJMAL HUSSAIN SHALIMAR PAPER 16 KM MULTAN RD

3,390,433.00

ERO

82

115

DIRECTOR OPERATION LHR

3,388,175.00

ERO

6

116

DIR OPERATION LDA LAHORE

3,375,831.00

ERO

6

117

RAIN BOW INDUSTRIES LTD MULTAN RD BHAI PHERU

3,360,808.00

16

118

XEN HOUSING GANDA DISPOSAL LAHORE

3,358,403.00

ERO

4

119

CHAIRMAN MUNICPAL COMMTTEE PTK I

3,345,305.00

ERO

8

120

T.M.O SHALAMAR TOWN LAHORE LHR

3,341,492.00

ERO

8

121

SDO E&M WASA LINK RD LH

3,324,057.00

ERO

3

122

REGISTRAR LAHORE

3,317,876.00

ERO

4

123

CHIEF ENGINEER H WAY DEPARTMENT PUNJAB 2RD LHR

3,313,044.00

ERO

4

124

CHIEF ENGINEER E&M LHR

3,308,767.00

ERO

31

125

L.D.A. TUBE WELL LHR

3,291,915.00

ERO

6

126

CHIEF ENGINEER E&M LHR

3,290,958.00

ERO

27

127

T.M.O RAVI TOWN LAHORE

3,274,531.00

ERO

31

128

QADEER ASHFAQ M/S KOHINOOR LOOMS 8KM RAIWIN

3,271,341.00

ERO

19

129

T.M.O NISHTER TOWN LAHORE LAHORE

3,267,035.00

ERO

26

130

T.M.O RAVI TOWN LAHORE CHOWK JHAN

3,261,827.00

ERO

31

131

EXECUTIVE ENGINEER E & M WORK SHOP LKA NEW SHAALI

3,244,420.00

ERO

6

132

T.M.O GULBURG TOWN LAHORE LHR

3,227,188.00

ERO

16

133

GENERAL HOSPITAL

3,193,157.00

ERO

2

134

SUPERINTENDENT DISTRICT JAIL LAHORE.

3,183,145.00

ERO

4

135

DIRECTOR (O & M) WASA LDA LOS GROUND

3,174,039.00

ERO

6

136

MES TUBWELL TUFAIL ROAD LAHORE CAN

3,169,036.00

ERO

32

137

L.D.A TUBE WELL LHR

3,163,256.00

ERO

6

138

DIRECTOR O&M WASA LDA LHR

3,155,648.00

ERO

6

139

T.M.O RAVI TOWN LAHORE SHD

3,151,011.00

ERO

31

140

SENIOR MANAGER CONSTRICTION E&M CONSTROCTION DIVIOLAHORE

3,131,818.00

ERO

6

141

SENIOR MANAGER CONSTRUCTION GROUND ISL

3,130,040.00

ERO

6

142

DY DIRECTOR ENGGR T/WELL WASA LAHORE

3,107,888.00

ERO

6

143

ADMINISTRATOR AUQAF LAHORE

3,106,967.00

ERO

12

144

DIR LDA WASA TUBEWELL FIRDOOS LH

3,096,018.00

ERO

8

145

NAJIA SPINNING MILLS PATTOKI 2

3,087,047.00

ERO

12

146

T.M.O SAMAN ABAD TOWN LAHORE LHR LYT RD

3,050,395.00

ERO

27

147

DIRECTOR OPERATION WASA 4-JAIL ROA

3,046,031.00

ERO

6

148

L.D.A. TUBE WELL LHR

3,035,194.00

ERO

6

149

POLICE STATION MOGHALPURA LHR

3,033,268.00

ERO

28

150

T.M.O DATA GUNJ BUX TOWN LHR LHR

3,018,308.00

ERO

8

151

S.D.O L.D.A WASA LAHORE

3,016,007.00

ERO

8

152

CHAIRMAN SAHAB PTKI

3,012,397.00

ERO

26

153

T.M.O DATA GUNJ BUX TOWN LHR LAHORE

2,986,517.00

ERO

8

154

L.D.A TUBE WELL LHR

2,978,653.00

ERO

7

155

ABDUR RAHIM ALLAH DITTA SHEIKHUPURA ROAD LAHORE

2,969,854.00

36

156

XEN LAHORE DIVN.CBOC(I&P)DEPTTBUCHAR KHANA PUMPING

2,964,325.00

ERO

6

157

XEN LHR DIV CBDC IEP DEPTT UNIT I RD

2,955,614.00

ERO

6

158

ADMINISTERATOR PATOKI

2,942,067.00

ERO

9

159

DIRECTOR OPP NORTH LHR

2,930,178.00

ERO

6

160

ADMINISTERATOR PATOKI

2,928,403.00

ERO

27

161

DIRECTOR DEM RAVI TOWN MANDI LAHO

2,892,656.00

ERO

6

162

DIRECTOR OPERATION (O&M) RAVI TOWN LDA/WASA APETROL PUM

2,881,151.00

ERO

8

163

DIR OPERATION SOUTH WASA LAHORE.

2,880,748.00

ERO

6

164

T.M.O RAVI TOWN LAHORE SHD

2,878,123.00

ERO

31

165

DIRECTOR (O&M) SHALAMAR TOWN SCHEME BAG

2,864,564.00

ERO

7

166

T.M.O AZIZ BHATTI TOWN LAHORE LHR

2,839,715.00

ERO

13

167

T.M.O DATA GUNJ BUX TOWN LHR LHR

2,838,353.00

ERO

31

168

T.M.O RAVI TOWN LAHORE LHR

2,832,056.00

ERO

31

169

CHIEF ENGINEER E&M LAHORE

2,817,567.00

ERO

30

170

CHAIRMAN PTK 1

2,790,233.00

ERO

25

171

ELECTRIC ENGINER POLICE STATION SADAR BZR LHR CANTT

2,787,278.00

ERO

10

172

LDA LAHORE

2,740,918.00

ERO

6

173

LDA WASA TUBE WELL MEHRAN BLOCK

2,722,345.00

ERO

6

174

SDO CITY WASA TAXALI GAT

2,714,379.00

ERO

6

175

MES TUFAIL ROAD LAHORE CAN

2,688,704.00

ERO

4

176

CHIEF ENGINEER E&M LHR

2,680,413.00

ERO

30

177

T.M.O WAHGA TOWN LAHORE LHR

2,661,446.00

ERO

36

178

SDO WASA LDA SUB DIVISION ROAD LAHOR

2,655,176.00

ERO

8

179

T.M.O RAVI TOWN LAHORE SHD

2,650,495.00

ERO

31

180

ZAHEER-UD-DIN JEDDY NAZIR-UD-DIN JEDDY RAIWIND RO

2,638,792.00

DCN

2

181

SR.CONSTRUCTION ENGINEER WASA GREEN TOEN

2,634,899.00

ERO

6

182

DIRECTOR O&M GUNG BUKSH TOWN WASA LAHORE

2,631,722.00

ERO

6

183

DIRECTOR O&M WASA LAHORE

2,631,122.00

ERO

6

184

THE SUPDT POLICE POLICE STATION CIVIL LINELHR

2,628,693.00

ERO

7

185

DIR OPERATION SOUTH WASA LDA LHR

2,610,391.00

ERO

6

186

DIR OPERATION WASA MGP

2,596,222.00

ERO

6

187

DIRECTOR OPERATION NORTH LAHORE

2,594,940.00

ERO

7

188

SENIOR ENGINEER E&M CONSTRUCTION 1-A-III SA

2,591,658.00

ERO

8

189

T.M.O RAVI TOWN LAHORE SHD

2,584,810.00

ERO

31

190

MOHIB EXPORT LTD RAIWIND ROAD MANGA MAND

2,552,988.00

ERO

13

191

SENIOR ENGINEER WASA LDA EXTENTION

2,550,211.00

ERO

7

192

SR CONSTRUCTION ENGINEER GULBERG-II

2,549,306.00

ERO

6

193

L.D.A. TUBEWELL LHR

2,548,499.00

ERO

5

194

TMA SHALIMAR TOWN LAHORE LHR

2,534,860.00

ERO

31

195

TMA SHALIMAR TOWN LAHORE LHR

2,527,570.00

ERO

31

196

T.M.O RAVI TOWN LAHORE SHADARA

2,516,325.00

ERO

31

197

BROTHER SUGER MILL CHUNIAN

2,512,221.00

DCN

2

198

DIRECTOR O&M TEMPLE ROA

2,511,668.00

ERO

6

199

DIRECTOR OPERATION SOUTH PINDI-RAJP

2,509,976.00

ERO

6

200

TMA SHALIMAR TOWN LAHORE LHR

2,506,852.00

ERO

31