Incongruities of the federal government

That even voices openly and traditionally defenders of the government of President  Andrés Manuel López Obrador  have already requested that Congress speak out against the National Development Plan (PND) 2019-2024, presented by the Ministry of the Interior to the Chamber of Deputies, proves the very poor quality of the document. Undoubtedly, this Plan is disappointing wherever you look, forms and substance leave much to be desired for a country that ranks as the fifteenth economy worldwide.

However, I want to stop at a point that is vaguely mentioned in the PND, that of efficiency in public administration and the use of information technologies. It is not news that federal agencies are subject to significant budget cuts, which has resulted in the massive dismissal of public servants.

As Dr. Viridiana Ríos wrote   in  Excelsior,  on Sunday, May 5, the massive dismissal of public servants is only detrimental to the quality and efficiency of the government, to create and implement public policies, including social development programs. It is shooting yourself in the foot.

However, the only way to reconcile these two problems is if a technological revolution is generated in the federal public administration; that is to say, the way in which the massive dismissal of public servants, the budgetary saving and increasing the efficiency of the government can be harmonized, is investing in the digital transformation of the public administration. For which, in the short term, millionaire investments would have to be made, but – in the long run – the transformation that the President has manifested wants to be seen.

The detail is that this digital or technological revolution is not reflected in the PND. Thus, it does not seem that the government is clear about how it will generate greater efficiency without officials implementing its policies. If the government is not willing to invest in the use of information technologies, as a way of replacing the dismissed personnel, it seems complicated that it can stand for six years. It seems more complicated how and who can distribute social support, or is it that this task will be done by members of the MORENA party?

By the way, this massive dismissal means that the now former officials have been able to request the payment of the Individualized Separation Insurance to  MetLife ; but, since the contract with the insurer was terminated to provide this insurance to active public officials, the SHCP had to reach an agreement with the insurer so that the servers still cannot dispose of their money saved under this figure in an exhibition, but in monthly payments. The above to avoid the bankruptcy of  MetLife , but to the detriment – once again – of the rights of state workers. This is a sample of the maromas that the government has had to do to comply with the President’s austerity policies.

Ricardo Solano Olivera, MSc.


Columna originalmente publicada en https://laopinion.de/2019/05/07/incongruencias-del-gobierno-federal/

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