|Everybody is a Free Agent (standard:non fiction, 850 words)|
|Author: Juggernaut||Added: Feb 03 2014||Views/Reads: 7339/598||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|The original concept of Free Agent was invented in India; read about it.|
Everybody is a Free Agent Subba Rao In sports world, a free agent is an athlete released by his team for whatever reason and allows the released athlete to join any other team that offers a contract to play on their team. The concept of free agent working for money to provide a service with any team was in practice in India for a long time, but not in the arena of sports but in every area of employment. At railway stations, bus depots and airports, from porters to ticketing agents though salaried workers demand pay off to deliver services from the customers. Politicians of all parties in the country once elected automatically becomes a free agent to demand exorbitant shake down from citizens and business people to get things done. The so called permitting process to start a business is the stepping stone for corruption. Elected official and the civil servants' opportunity for a shake-down at every stage of the permitting process to move forward. Everybody in the regulatory body from peon up to the top was free agents free to collect bribes. A news paper reported that the city municipality workers in charge of disbursing monthly free government pensions for the poorest of poor amounting to 10 dollars a month kept the pension money to themselves frustrating the poor people. How this could happen without free agent mentality? Some years ago, in southern state, all the medical schools in the state individually affiliated to local universities were brought under one medical university, a dumb idea. The main objective is to control the medical school admissions and other health facilities in the state by a political group. These people acted like free agents to do what is best to them for their own private gains. The sad part was nobody from these medical schools and universities protested the measure. Now, the medical schools in the state were mushroomed into several dozen each with their own management. The entire medical education and corporate hospitals' operation went wild with no quality control. At a city or state level, whether in private or government sector, the employees were all free agents demanding fee to deliver the services. It is their right to collect tips or bribes or shake downs or Click here to read the rest of this story (89 more lines)
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