In most of the poor countries no leader wants to become an environment minister
. They don’t have much awareness. They have more interest in other portfolios.
In poor regions of the world ministry of environment
is not given much importance. Both political leaders and masses don’t take it as an important ministry. Government does not give funds to it. People don’t engage it for solution of their pollution problems
. They have many other problems of serious nature which they want to be solved first.
The list of their other problem is quite lengthy. That is why in most of the poor countries becoming an environment minister is no body’s goal. Let’s examine this disclosure in detail.
Main objective to become minister
Both at the provincial and federal level there is stiff competition among the elected representatives of winning political parties to become part of the cabinet. They want to enjoy the perks and benefits as minister.
In a least developed country like Pakistan the focus of legislatures is not to play their role effectively. They want to grab maximum benefits from their office and get highest point of authority. For this purpose lobbying, horse-trading and switching of loyalties just to become a powerful minister is common.
Ministry of environment is not for money-making
But it does not mean a few legislatures may be vying with each other to become environment minister.
Most of the legislatures try to get ministries of industry, commerce, health, education, foreign affairs or some other of same type. They try to avoid the ministry of environment both at federal and provincial levels.
Its reason is not that environment ministry has huge challenges which they feel difficult to face. Actually they don’t have basic awareness about importance of this ministry. Secondly they think it has lesser power as compare to other ministries.
Polluters are powerful in poor countries
Polluters in poor countries are mostly industries and their owners are equally so powerful. Either they themselves are legislators or their close relatives are in the corridor of power. In worst case they are the regular donors of evergreen ruling political parties.
As a result no any environment official
can take action against such powerful polluters. Their government makes compromise on their inability to take action against powerful polluters. That is why it pays least attention to control pollution at all levels.
As a result people who vote and elect them as their representatives have to suffer and spend their life in polluted environment. Poor people ultimately suffer from serious diseases that may lead them to death.
Less efficient is made environment minister
After awarding attractive ministries to their favourite legislators the winning political parties assign the ministry of environment to any weaker or less powerful colleague who does not have any say in the party.
Secondly they search a person who can just pay lip service as environment minister and don’t try to take practical action against polluters
. If he takes action the sponsors and patrons of political parties will be annoyed. They may pull back their support. If they do so then political parties can hardly manage their financial affairs without support of industrial tycoons.
Improvement not in sight
According to environmental experts, as long as environment remains a neglected sector no one would be interested to become environment minister in poor countries. As a result inefficient or less competent people would be given the task to control pollution
in already highly polluted countries.
When government would be serious to give due attention to environment sector? It depends upon the consent of the owners of polluting industries
who finance the political parties and hold sway in the corridors of power.
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