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•   Farmers in the drought-hit districts of Uttar Pradesh have been paid a relief compensation ranging between Rs 5 and Rs 100. • Congress president Sonia Gandhi complained that she had sanctioned more than Rs 200 crore for road construction in her constituency, Raebareli. Money has been spent, but no roads were constructed.• An old woman has tried everything possible in the district court in Mehsana, Gujarat, to get justice as she was paid Rs 6 a day for her work under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS), even though the scheme promised Rs 60 a day.• Workers were being paid between Rs 13 and Rs 15 per day under the NREGS in most districts of Chhattisgarh, as revealed by Hardnews two months back.These incidents reflect the insensitivity and the inhuman attitude of the administrators assigned to make a dent on rural poverty. It is apparent that  conscience was dormant, if not dead, when it came to the block development officer, who signed the compensation cheque for princely sum of Rs 5. Besides, engineers who made payments to contractors for road constructions in Raebareli must have been certain that the state will not be able to punish them for their misdeeds. These instances mirror the collapse of the delivery system. They also reflect how the value system of  state administrators has undergone rapid transformation, for the worst, in the last two decades. Government employees, at every level, appear to be immune and cold-blooded; this signifies the collapse of the political system. Such instances have been regularly reported over the years. Yet, they have failed to arouse the conscience and responses of our parliamentarians and legislators.  No one has raised these and similar issues in Parliament in the last few years. In fact, the switch over to the ‘standing-committee system’ for various ministries has reduced the scope for open debates in the two Houses of Parliament in the last one decade.It is much easier to say two sentences in front of a staring camera of a news network than to understand the functioning of the system, analysing and dissecting it threadbare, so that fault lines can be detected and corrective measures suggested. It would seem our politicians are more interested in  blame game than in exposing the shortcomings, nay, the total collapse of the delivery system. The system is getting bogged down not only in corruption but also in the unnecessary checks and balances that are devised with the intention of preventing corruption; however, these processes are being virtually exploited for rampant corruption and self-interests by unscrupulous elements. And such elements are not few and far in the system; they have enveloped the entire system of governance. However, politicians are not bothered. Parliamentarians seem to be least interested in exposing the shortcomings of the system. The standard method of politics these days is to launch a yatra. The purpose here is not to understand the problems of people and seek remedies, but to arouse their baser passions against the party in power. These yatras do not provide any succour to the people but only compound their miseries. Lal Krishna Advani, of the BJP, started it all with his rath yatra from Somnath to Ayodhya in September 1990. Rajiv Gandhi followed with his Sadbhavna Yatra in 1991. BJP’s Murli Manohar Joshi sought, without success, to bolster his position with the Ekta Yatra in 1993. Advani was again at it when he undertook another yatra before the May 2004 Lok Sabha elections to spread the message of Shining India. It ended in a disaster. The alleged gains of yatra politics have been not too visible. Yet, Advani went on a yatra yet again even as he was on his way out as the BJP president in 2005. The winter session of Parliament is scheduled for November end. By then all the shocking stories in UP, Gujarat and Vidarbha would have been forgotten. Once again, our parliamentarians would engage in the same old games with an eye on the state elections, due in four months. What more can be said to prove that our great Parliament, is almost dysfunctional as a political institution ?