Thursday, 31 October 2013

Solomon come to Judgement ?



To millions of harassed bureaucrats , that is how Supreme Court's order of yesterday might appear



*    WHAT  ?



>    Bureaucrats must not function on verbal instructions from superiors and the political executives , as it leads to favoritism and corruption


>    Fixed tenures for bureaucrats and the setting up of a Civil Services Board ( CSB ) , to advise governments on transfers , postings , promotions and disciplinary actions



*    WHY  ?



 Supreme Court advanced following reasons :


   #    In the present political scenario , the role of civil servants has become complex and onerous


   #   Often , they have to take decisions with far reaching consequences in the economic and technological fields


   #   Their decisions must be transparent and in public interest. They should be fully accountable to the community they serve




*     HOW  ?




>     Each level of bureaucrat must send their " decisions " to the lower level , in writing . ( Will emails do ? )


>     If a bureaucrat receives " verbal " decision from his superior , he shall make appropriate noting on the file . ( Shall he record that he does not agree with this decision - and why - but is forced to take it under verbal order ? )




*     RESULT  ?




>     Decision making process , which has already considerably slowed down over the past one year , will come to a grinding halt , for the simple reasons that , at the time of taking a decision ,


    *    there is absence of adequate / impeccable data on which to base decision ( - concerned vested interest parties will ensure that relevant data / facts / figures are never revealed ! )


    *    there is no pre-existing and well laid-out " Policy Framework " , governing the issue at hand


    *    no bureaucrat - or his political boss - will ever want to take a decision , which , successors to follow , will quote as a " precedent "and not based on policy




*      QUESTIONS  ?




>    Is there here , some confusion between a " Wrong " decision   and a " Dishonest " decision ?

 Don't millions of honest people continue to take decisions , which in hindsight , appear wrong ?


>    Isn't a " Dishonest " decision one which got taken , solely for the benefit of the decision-taker ( or his family / friends etc )  ?


>    Are we trying to replace honest human " Judgement " by some rigid , hide-bound rules ? by some computer algorithms ?



Historian Arnold Toyanbee , once said :


"  Only two things are certain in life -  death and taxes  "


From now on , in India , it will be   -  death and delays


Will our Ministers re-enact British comedy serial , " Yes Minister " ? 



Only time will tell whether this decision of the Supreme Court , was " Right " or " Wrong " , but we are sure of one thing : this is an " Honest " decision



*   hemen  parekh  (  01, Nov  2013  )

   

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

We , the People ……..



Bihar CM , Nitish Kumar likens Narendra Modi to Hitler


He is not alone


Many in Congress / Third Front  ( of 17 parties ) too , think likewise , without saying in so many words


They all mean :


Modi is autocratic , authoritarian , undemocratic , etc..


Majority of Indians would agree !


But then ask ,



“ So what ?


  Modi may not be consultative


  He may be taking decisions on his own


  But he takes fast decisions – right or wrong


  And even if some of his decisions prove  to be wrong in course of time,
  these are “ honest “ decisions , taken in the best interest of citizens


  His decisions are never taken in order to benefit himself / family / relatives
  / friends / chamchas / party members / even well-wishers , etc


  He means – and acts accordingly – when he says ,

, “ I don’t take bribe and don’t allow my officers to take bribes  “

 
  He practices highest form of “ Raj Dharma “ of corruption-free and secular
  Governance


  Why else would  24 MUSLIM  BJP CANDIDATES ( out of 27 ) win municipal
  election in Salaya town of Gujarat ( where 85 % population is Muslim ) ?


  Because , in Salaya , not a single Muslim is un-employed !


  That is why , people of Gujarat elected him democratically for the third
  time in a row


  Unlike Hitler , he has not imposed his “ Dictatorship “ through military


  So , we don’t care if he is autocratic


  And “ We , the People “, will elect him in 2014 , constitutionally and democratically


  We are fed up of indecisive and corrupt politicians like you


  Go ahead !


  Like an Ostrich , hide your head in the sands at the approaching storm ! “



·          hemen  parekh  (  31  Oct  2013  )
 

       

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Kamraj Plan is now Scam-raj Plan !



Some 50 years ago , Congress President , Kamraj Nadar realized that the ideals on which Congress was founded , were decaying. Congress had started rotting from within because of power-hungry politicians



So he came up with “ Kamraj Plan “, under which , senior congress leaders were required to resign from their ministerial posts and devote themselves to re-vitalizing the party



Six Union Ministers and six State Chief Ministers resigned



50 years later , the current version of Kamraj Plan is “ Scam-raj Plan “ !



Under this new “ Scam-raj Plan “ ,



Ø  Ministers need not resign as long as they are involved in no more than one scam at a time


Ø  Ministers may ignore any adverse comments made against them , either by CAG or by Supreme Court


Ø  Ministers shall conveniently misplace / lose , scam related files


Ø  Ministers may continue to chair GoM appointed to investigate irregularities of their own ministries


Ø  Ministers shall have triple reporting relationships , viz :


·         Congress President


·         Congress Vice President


·         Prime Minister


           (  strictly in that order  !  )


Ø  Ministers shall not hesitate to appoint their near-and-dear relatives to sundry Government posts , as Chair-persons


Ø  Ministers shall ensure that all Government contracts / orders above Rs 100 crores , are mandatorily given out to each other’s relatives , in a quid-pro-quo basis , without fear or favour !


All cases to be decided on the basis of “ merit “ alone – that is whether the relative is a son / daughter / wife or a cousin , with family members getting bigger orders






Then there are many other minor “ Dos and Don’ts “ which readers may wish to add , by way of comments / replies



Who authored this “ Scam-raj “ plan ?



That is a “ Scam Raaz “ ! Relevant file is missing !





·          hemen  parekh  (  30  Oct  2013  )

Monday, 28 October 2013

Can’t you be Specific ?



During Hunkar rally of BJP on 27th Oct , there were 7 bomb blasts , in and around Gandhi Maidan , Patna


IB ( Intelligence Bureau – GOI ) says , that it had sent an alert to Bihar Govt on 23rd Oct


Bihar CM , Nitish Kumar says , he had received no “ specific “ advance alert


Being , “ His Master’s Voice “ , Bihar IG , Ravindra Kumar says the same


We have to agree ( even if reluctantly ), that the Kumars are right  !


After all , IB alert did not contain following “ specific “ info :



Ø     Names / Addresses / Mobile Nos / Photos of the attackers


Ø     Number of explosive devices / powers / types / triggers, etc


Ø     Vehicles ( indicating license plate nos ) carrying these devices


Ø     Exact locations where the devices were planted


Ø     Exact time when devices were scheduled to go off


Ø     Specific persons – within that crowd of 300,000 – who were targeted


Ø     Number of police / officers /detectives that Bihar Govt must deploy



A furious , Nitish Kumar is asking IB :



“ Why did you have to email your alert ?


In Bihar , we only look at alerts received through Indian Postal Services , which , like our Law Enforcement Agencies , take their own sweet time to arrive after a few weeks / months !



Also , what is your excuse for sending NIA / NSG teams after the blasts ? Why couldn’t you send them before the blasts ?


And , in future  please be  more specific  “



Sushil Kumar Shinde , please note !



·          hemen  parekh  (  29  Oct  2013  )  



Sunday, 27 October 2013

How exactly , Narendrabhai ?



In your “ Hoonkar “ rally at Patna yesterday , you said ,



“  Poor hindus and poor musalmans should not fight each other . They should join hands to fight poverty……


When Congress fought 2009 elections , it promised jobs . How many of you got those promised jobs ?  “



True , for over 55 years , successive Congress governments have been busy in “ Garibi Hatao “ – without success


So what did they do ?


Re-draw the Garibi-Rekha ( Poverty Line ) at Rs 27/day in urban areas , to give an impression that very few people in India , are “ really poor “


Even then , this works out to 400 million people ! By their own twisted standard


If I were to assume that BJP’s garibi rekha is , at a more respectable , Rs 100 per day , then this figure could well go over 700 million people !


Exact figures are unimportant


What is more important is ,


 “ How do you pull these poor , out of poverty ? “


There are only 2 ways , viz:,



Ø      Create jobs


Ø      Enable poor to become self-employed



Now , even though you don’t have a Ph D in Economics ( thank God ! ), you are a hard-headed Gujju businessman !


On top of that , you started your own career as a “ Self employed tea vendor “ on railway stations and in trains


So you know what it costs ( by way of capital investment + working capital ) to create just ONE job in the economy


Depending upon , whether that job is in Public Sector  /  Large organized Private Sector  /  Medium sized industry  / Roadside retail grocery shop or a Pan-Beedi dukaan of a self employed , the figure would range from Rs 10 Crores / job to Rs 10,000 for a Pan-Beedi shop !


(  If in doubt , take Annual Report of any Tata / Adani / Ambani / Birla company and divide the Capital Employed by Manpower  )


Now pick your own favorite figure ( per job investment ) and multiply with your own ( convenient ? ) figure of 700 million poor people , desperately wanting to “ fighting poverty “


In BJP’s poll manifesto , will you please mention , where you will find the money required to fulfill your promise ? I hope , you will not raise taxes !


How exactly , Narendrabhai ?


Hint :


Read my Poll Manifesto Suggestions , sent to Shri Murli Manohar Joshi , 3 days back !




·          Hemen  parekh  (  28  Oct  2013  ) 

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Brave Words ?



While talking to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in New York recently , our PM , Man Mohan Singh said ,



“ I have not become Prime Minister to re-draw the boundary “



When the Indians were struggling for independence , the then Conservative Party Prime Minister of UK , Winston Churchill said in British Parliament ,



“ I have not become Prime Minister of His Majesty’s government , to preside over the liquidation of the British Empire “



Within months , the British voters replaced him with Labour Party Prime Minister , Clement Attlee , who granted independence to India – even if reluctantly



The world-girdling mighty British Empire ( on which , at one time , the Sun never set ! ) , got completely liquidated over the next 50 years – if you ignore the Falkland Island , next to Argentina !



With barely 8 months to go till 2014 National Elections , Man Mohan Singh does not have to worry about re-drawing the boundary !



He must be too busy , worrying about the repetition of history when , the Congress government got thrown out of power , after the Emergency !


When brave Indian soldiers – and innocent citizens , are getting killed by Pakistani intruders every day , brave words are not even poor substitute for brave deeds



These are the ultimate in hypocrisy / mockery !



“ Krato Smarah ! “ ( Only the deeds will be remembered )



·          Hemen  parekh  (  27  Oct  2013  )


Friday, 25 October 2013

Congress Poll Manifesto



 
Dear Rahul Gandhi



You have invited suggestions from public for possible incorporation in the Congress Poll Manifesto , if found suitable


Based on my perception of what would benefit the public most ( in order of importance ) , following is how Congress manifesto should read :


Ø   Corruption


We will introduce / pass , a  of Jan Lok-Pal Bill within 2 months of assuming power at the Center



Ø   Jobs

  
     We will create 15 million jobs per year , starting from 2015 , especially thru rapid investments in infrastructure projects , which generate millions of jobs. To bring this about , we will introduce special Infrastructure Bonds , whose interest will be tax-free for 25 years.

No questions will be asked as to the source of funds invested by individuals or by Organizations / Institutions



Ø   Economy


We will liberalize FDI in Insurance / Retail and all other non-defense related sectors of economy



Ø   Productive Use of  Un-Productive Money


We will create a structure, whereby Private sector and Religious Trusts ( such as Tirupati / Lord Padmanabhan / Shirdi SaiBaba / Satya SaiBaba / Siddhi Vinayak / VaishnoDevi etc ) , will come forward to invest , at least Rs 10 lakh crores per year for the next 5 years. This will be done thru,


·          No-Tax  ( for 10 years ) , “ Job Creation “ Bonds , exclusively devoted to creation of Jobs for poor people in less-developed states


·         Enabling investments into these bonds , thru a Voluntary Disclosure Scheme ( VDS ) where no questions will be asked as to the source of the funds. This will bring back Rs 35 lakh crores stashed away unproductively / secretly by Indian nationals and Trusts


·         We will create similar “ Job Creation “ Bonds where subscription will be restricted to,


#  NRIs  /  PIOs


#  Foreign NGOS / Foreign Charitable Trusts (eg Bill Gates Foundation )


#  Foreign Sovereign Funds ( China / Oil-rich countries etc )


  
·         We will introduce this measure within 6 months of coming to power



Ø   CBI



We will make CBI as much  independent of the Central Government as possible ,  by making Chief of CBI report to a panel of retired Judges of the Supreme Court

CBI will have its own Expense Budget ( as part of the Central Budget ) and will be free to hire additional professionals without needing permission from any Central Ministry



Ø   Electoral Reforms



We will introduce , within 6 months , a Electoral Reforms Bill in Lok Sabha. This will have provisions for


·         NOTA

·         Right to Recall

·         Negative Vote …………..etc




Ø   Representation of People Act



We will amend this Act within 6 months of assuming power , by incorporating provisions for


·         Acceptance of donations from abroad

·         Acceptance of ALL donations to political parties only thru cheques

·         Issue of paper receipts for all donations

·         Publishing on party web site ,


    #   full details of funding / expenditure / donations etc


    #   full details of Assets / Liabilities / Income Tax Returns filed etc of Senior party functionaries ( including those holding Ministerial positions ) – updated annually



   #   full details of FIRs / Court-Cases ( whether criminal or civil ) filed against any Senior Party Functionaries ( including Ministers ), with punishments awarded , if any


   #   number of Lok Sabha / Rajya Sabha meetings attended by its elected representatives




Ø   Right to Information Act



        As  interpreted by the CIC ( Chief Information Commissioner ) / confirmed by the Supreme Court and advised by the Attorney General , we will ensure that all political parties are covered by RTI



Ø   Naxal  /  Maoist Menace



We will eliminate this menace thru full integration of these Tribal areas into the mainstream of the Social / Political and Economic development.

We will do this by granting special status to these areas , where industries / businesses / NGOs , will be encouraged to set up Skills Training Institutes , by giving accelerated depreciation benefit for the Capital Expenditure incurred and 150 % write-off on the recurring annual revenue expenditure



Ø   Relations with Pakistan


Whereas we will encourage constructive dialogue with Pakistan to resolve all outstanding issues , this will be done only after Pakistan dismantles all terror-training camps on its territory , as certified by the Home Minister



   Dear Rahul :



 I am not sure how many citizens will take the trouble to spell out their suggestions like this
My last suggestion is that you frame a “ Multiple Choice Questionnaire “


Publish this on as many Media as possible – especially Online Web sites


Then ask people to record their choices


A Smart Phone based Mobile App would be great !



·          hemen  parekh  (  26  Oct  2013  )



PS :


Earlier , I have forwarded somewhat similar suggestions to Shri Murli Manohar Joshi , who is in charge of drawing up Poll Manifesto for BJP



But then , when it comes to serving the national interest , there ought to be no differences amongst the political parties , as to the goals , even if the means to reach these goals may differ somewhat