बस मैं और लीरॉय

सरकार और सरकारी एजेंसिया लोकहित, रोजगार सृजन और नैतिक जिम्मेदारी के निर्वहन के नाम पर किस प्रकार से काम करती हैं और उनका क्या हश्र हो सकता है? यह नीचे प्रस्तुत लघु कथा में वर्णित वाकए से स्पष्ट हो जाता है। इस लघु कथा के माध्यम से यह भी बताने की कोशिश की गई है कि महज इमानदारी से कार्य करने की जिम्मेदारी के निर्वहन भर से ही योजना सफल नहीं होती। सरकारी रोजगार गारंटी योजना के तहत भी कमोवेश यही हो रहा है... 

A man stopped at a local gas station and after filling his tank, he paid the bill and bought a soft drink. He stood by his car to drink his cola and watched a couple of men working along the roadside. One man would dig a hole two or three feet deep and then move on.The other man came along behind him and filled in the hole. While one was digging a new hole, the other was 25 feet behind feeling in the hole.

The men worked right past the guy with the soft drink and went on down the road.

"I can't stand this." said the man tossing the can into a trash container and heading down the road towards the men.

"Hold it, hold it", he said to the men; "Can you tell me what's going on here with all this digging and refilling?" "Well, we work for the government and we're just doing our job," one of the men said.

"But one of you is digging a hole and other fills it up. You're not accompishing anything. Aren't you wasting the taxpayers' money?"

"You don't understand, mister," one of the men said, leaning on his shovel and wiping his brow. "Normally there's three of us: me, Elmer and Lreoy. I dig the hole, Elmer sticks in the tree, and Leroy here puts the dirt back. Elmer's job's been cut... so now it's just me and Leroy.