HAVANA – Granma, the official daily of the Cuban Communist Party, exploded Monday against the country’s excess of bureaucratic meetings in an article recalling the need to do real work and “not keep going to meetings as a total reflex.”
“It’s not at a meeting, nor with a quota of 15 meetings a month, that the country’s problems will be solved. What we need to do is work,” Granma said.
On the island, “too many people jump from one meeting to the next, behind closed doors with nobody allowed to interrupt them, while the needs of life outside seldom coincide with the plans drafted at so many of these eternal discussion groups,” Granma said.
In Cuba meetings are held for almost anything, Granma said.
“They are called to implement tasks, to check agreements, to review and revise, to think up new projects, to organize volunteer work that is often obligatory and unproductive, to tell someone off, to debate the news of the day,” Granma said.
“There are also those that are launched right in the midst of the work day, which should be sacred to communists above all,” Granma said, referring directly to criticisms that President Raul Castro made about the “widespread habit of meetings and more meetings” at the recent 6th Cuban Communist Party Congress.
“And what about those where we can only raise our hands because what is being discussed is as remote from us as life on Mars,” Granma said.
In April at the Communist Party conclave, President Raul Castro openly criticized the “widespread habit of meetings and more meetings, or what is the same thing, the excess of conferences, reviews, revisions, and other collective activities,” many of them unproductive.
Those accustomed to being “closed up” in meetings should spend “more hours with their feet on the ground” and “with ears ready to hear” what is happening in the country, Granma said.
“Let’s not forget what Eduardo Galeano said: For every solution the bureaucrat always has a problem,” the newspaper said. EFE