However public servants decide to administer their idea of service to the people, one of the ways people equate good service is when their primary needs are accessible. This would mean having a sufficient number of jobs to employ its working age citizens. It means that there are roads in tolerable to good conditions so that producers and merchants can get their goods to the consumers. It means there is a provision for safe drinking water and sufficient food for the consumers. It is the ability of a city to provide education and protection for its citizens. It is not just about providing fuel and light, it’s about meeting the needs of the people.
It doesn’t mean that each and every item is provided. This applies only to those things or services that allow a person to live humanely. When a person cannot produce what he needs to survive, public service allows him the benefit of having his needs subsidized. The subsidy is taken from taxes that citizens pay which are also why civil servants need to earn the public’s trust. The people help the government have spending money through the taxes that are paid. The government must then do its part by being prudent in their spending all the while finding the means to add more money to the treasury through trade or investments. It is not a simple task at all and there are a lot of factors involved in the dispensation of the funds needed to make things go smoothly.
As lofty and idealistic as these ideas sound, they are the basis of how civil servants should view the tasks that are traditionally delegated to their office. From the highest official to the lowest rank and file employee, each person benefits if services are properly administered. It is easy to be lured by the enticement of self-gain but ultimately it is the public that suffers from this kind of self-centeredness. The UN has remarked that ethics plays a vital role in ensuring that civil servants give a high quality of service. It is also pertinent in the fight against corruption- something that every citizen that needs to take part of. Otherwise, the populace and the greater good suffer tremendously.
Ultimately, the people have power to choose the leaders they want. While politicians think that they have the power to influence who the people will choose from and people believe it, there won’t be much chance for real change. People have been conditioned to think that there is no hope for this to happen since the powers that be have the people’s fate in the palm of their hands. It seems that people have to relearn that they have he right to demand only the best kind of public service.