NCPRI's campaign to scuttle Anna's Jan Lokpal
It is true that as organization size increases, the complexity of running the organization increases much faster. This is primarily because of the additional layers that have to be created to have effective span of control at each level. This is well known in management theory and is no rocket science.
That is why most government departments are inefficient and unaccountable. Of course when even the intention to deliver is absent, this quickly degenerates to corruption.
In fact government departments are inefficient and unaccountable in regard to their official responsibilities. But they are highly efficient and privately accountable for all the graft funds they are expected to extort and submit upwards at each level.
What explains this dichotomy between official inefficiency and corruption efficiency.
It is actually simple. As the size of an organization increases it is a natural process for its efficiency to fall much faster. The usual antidotes to this theoretical organizational design challenge are to standardize processes, automate processes, or decentralize processes thus providing operational autonomy.
We clearly observe the efficiency of the graft collection machine of the government has been achieved by decentralization of operations. Like a terrorist organization machinery, each cell has operational autonomy as long as the expected extortion collections are forwarded upwards periodically.
Like a terrorist organization there is swift punishment for the non performers like punishment postings.
In this environment of ruthless and brutal corruption efficiency in government, how effective would a centralized Lokpal organization be.
It would be a war between a huge but highly decentralized graft collecting government organization and a relatively small Lokpal organization looking to catch these terrorist cells wherever they smell trouble.
The Lokpal organization would have to be highly centralized to win this war. That is how they will be able to concentrate there force at the point of action. In this asymmetric war for the Lokpal efficiency is not required. Only effectiveness is called for.
When you create a Lokpal organization of 50,000 people you are basically making a statement warning the crores of corrupt public servants that the lokpal has the potential to come down hard when required.
It is the counter terror of the Lokpal which will deliver immediate results. The Lokpal doesn’t have to catch all terrorists. Destruction of just 5% of the cells is enough to put others to sleep.
No wonder the sponsors and brains of the corruption machine and their henchmen in NCPRI are focusing on the size of the Lokpal. They know that limiting the size is their only hope of continuing their decentralized graft collection businesses as usual.
At the end, I still feel the forces against IAC or Team Anna are too powerful. It would be a modern day miracle if you win. I do not expect you to win against this powerful government graft terrorism machine. One day you will get tired and give up. Even then like a common citizen I am grateful to you for what you are attempting.