Proper management of resources vital

A QUANTITATIVE increase is not always the only answer available to a resource crunch. Those who have heard of resource management will know better. Proper management could make even scarce financial resources look sufficient.

By Catch Of The Day

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Published: Tue 26 Apr 2005, 10:20 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 3:28 PM

We dedicate this intro to the Ministry of Education, which leaves a lot wanting in terms of resource management. We sometimes find the Ministry’s offices bedecked with costly flowers and ornamental plants costing it several million dirhams annually. Sometimes, several millions are spent on printing certificates that are never distributed. We heard that the Ministy is planning to destroy the pile of such certificates lying in its warehouses.

We are certain that there are many such items in its budget causing a huge waste of funds that could be utilised more beneficially elsewhere.

Like providing cold drinking water facility in many schools that do not have it even in the scorching summer season. Or these resources could be reallocated so that the students are not taxed in the name of bearing the printing cost of question papers. As we reported earlier, students are charged Dh1 to Dh2 towards the printing cost.

We are sure this is applicable to many other ministries and departments that need to revise their budget allocations to make spending more meaningful.

They should realistically identify the benefit from each item of expenditure in their budget. No expenditure should be incurred just because it was being incurred before, unless there is tangible benefit from the spending.

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