They talk about welfare state but all I see is an old woman begging on the street, the exploited child, the child dying for lack of food in its belly, the city full of cries, no job and no house. That man out there who sketch, he is a cartoonist and he thinks he is pretty good at it. But no matter how good he is, he believes his cartoons will never take the place of food or money. He wishes he could draw plenty of food or a fist full of thousand rupees, and perform some magic trick and make it real. But he can’t do that. Nobody can do that, not even the hungriest magician in the world. And yet thousands of our neighbors go to bed hungry. It may be our schoolmate who is undernourished and has difficulty learning on an empty stomach or it could be a co-worker, a working father whose low-wage job doesn’t make ends meet.
People are habitually being raided of their rights, of their freedom, of their dignity, of their futures. The culprits? My generation, the leaders or our forerunner? They revive poverty in every election and promise to cure it. They’ve now made a vocation of it. They thrive on failures, on righting the wrongs, on aiding victims, and so forth. No matter how many programs are set up and working, their schema never claim victory for them. Our current government-run welfare system is pricey to taxpayers as they are getting no facilities in return and cruel to the children born into a cycle of welfare dependency and hopelessness.
For decades now we have sought to solve the problems of unemployment through government planning, and the more the plans fail, the more the planners plan. Well, now if government and welfare state had the answer – and they’ve had many years of it – shouldn’t we expect government to keep a tally to us once in a while? Shouldn’t they be telling us about the decline each year in the number of people needing help? And the reduction in the welfare activities?
I cannot take on to lay my finger on those articles of the Constitution which has granted ample of rights to the people but many of them are not functional. We don’t have right to job; we don’t have rights to medical care or right to education. What we have is a right to life. That’s what we have. How can we survive when the basics to life is not guaranteed to us? How will we work out our right to life in such dejected settings? It is now the time to recognize that welfare system has to be reformed. A new approach to fighting poverty and the misery should be fetched being based on opportunities, work, and individual responsibility. There should be Welfare before the Welfare state.
Post Contributed by: Riya Basnet