Government role Sample essay
The government’s role is only to provide defence capability and urban infrastructure (road, water supply, etc.). All other services (education, health, social security) should be provided by private group or individuals in a country. What are your views on this?
Privatisation of certain industries has brought about radical changes in the mindset of ordinary people. Many people claim that all public sector services should be privatised in order to improve their conditions. However, I would argue that there are few responsibilities which could never be privatised and others that may be provided as a joint venture.
First of all, there are some sectors which, if offered to individual companies or organisations, can risk the lives of citizens. Military forces and local security system involving police forces are good examples of these. It is possible that private police and legislation system can, at times, give biased decisions due to involvement of their own personnels. In a more extreme case, the border security can never be compromised by handing it over to industrial giants. Thus, it seems to me that these domains better be governed by the authorities.
On the other hand, public services such as infrastructures, sanitation, education and medical care could be shared between the two. It is clear that private sectors can bring diversity and in some sense, can also offer better facilities. For instance, there is a huge difference in the pattern of working and amenities that both has for their end users. To add further, cooperating in these fields can relieve the burden off the government. Tax payers’ money could be diverted to other basic necessities of the society; viz food and employment.
In brief, there are positives and negatives of privatisation and the decision of assigning a particular sector should be well thought before proceeding.
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