Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Congressmen are Confused !







AAP made a few poll promises - prominent being ,


>   700 Liters of free water per month


>   50 % subsidy in power bills


And people of Delhi elected them to power


Then within 48 hours of forming government , AAP fulfilled these promises


Total cost  ?


Less than Rs 40 Crores / month


Congressmen are asking themselves ,


"   We promised Rs 200 Cr / month of freebies - and got thrown out of Rajasthan / MP / Chhattisgarh

   

    What went wrong  ?


    The more we promise , the more we lose  !


    And , to win 2014 elections , we have promised 600 million poor people
    a monthly subsidy of Rs 8,000 Crores by way of Food Security Bill


    At this rate , what will happen to us  ?


    It seems , the more freebies you promise , the greater your chance of being thrown out of power 
    

    And look at what Rahul Gandhi has promised the people of Amethi  :


   >   A railway coach factory

   >   A University

   >   A paper mill

   >   40 food processing units

   >   Indian Institute of Information Technology

   >   Footwear Design and Development Institute

   >   IT hub in Tikarmafi

   >   A railway line  ..................etc



  But Kumar Vishwas (  AAP  candidate for Amethi ) is promising only ,


  >    A clean / corruption-free / pro-poor government


No more  !


With just 5 months before the 2014 elections , how can our would-be Prime Minister , withdraw those promises  ?


And , since the logic of " Less is More " seems to work , does that mean Kumar Vishwas will defeat Rahul Gandhi  ?   "



And Rahul Gandhi is asking Sheila Dikshit :


>  Why , in 15 years , you did not implement what Arvind Kejriwal did  ?


>  Why you did not ask CAG to conduct an audit of Discoms  ?


>  Why you did not hold Mohalla - Sabhas  to connect with Aam Aadmi  ?


>  Why you failed to figure out that people wanted toilets, not highways  ?


Now , all of you , repeat after me , and loudly please


>    Less is More


>    Simple is Elegant


>    Adarsh is not Ideal


>    Aam is not Ordinary


>    CAG is credible


>    Jhadu will sweep


>    Congress will weep



     


Sheila Dikshit , Chidambaram , Kapil Sibal , Salman Khurshid , Jairam Ramesh , Manish Tewari , Kamal Nath , Digvijay - and sundry other Netas , are utterly confused !




*   hemen   parekh   (  01  Jan  2014  /  Mumbai  )     



Monday, 30 December 2013

Overwhelming Demands ?



You bet  !


Looking at the crowds shouting their demands outside Arvind Kejriwal's residence , you would think , people of Delhi have unlimited arrears of problems


Individuals and groups are trooping in from far and wide , demanding :


>  Better physical services ( Power / Water / Homes / Transport )


>  Jobs ( Permanency / Removal of Contract System / New jobs )


>  Reservations / Abolitions / Implementations / Resignations


>  Admissions / Legalizations / Transfers


>  Roll back of CNG Prices / Reduction of Vegetable prices


>  Security / Loans / Pensions



The list goes on and on


Only problem


Whereas demands are " Unlimited " ,  resources ( Manpower + Money + Systems ) are " Limited "  !


Hence Arvind will need to evolve a simple method to evaluate the " IMPORTANCE " and the " URGENCY " of these demands


He may want to devise an online form  or , like last time , print and distribute 50 lakh forms , which only need to be ticked , as in a multiple choice questionnaire


Then , on a scale of 1- 5 , invite people of Delhi to score each demand on the following criteria :


How does this problem affect  ?


>  Economic Status ( Rich / Middle Class / Poor )


>  Geographic Coverage ( Posh Area / Middle class locality / Slums )


>  Gender ( Male / Female / Both )


>  Age  ( Old people / Middle Age  /  Children )


>  Coverage  ( Entire population / Majority / One Community only )


>  Nature  (  Political / Social / Economic )


>  Character  ( Establish Equity / Reduce Disparity / Speed up Justice )


>  Scope  ( Job Creation / Health / Education / Corruption Removal )


>  Time Frame  ( Crisis Situation / Urgent / Can wait  )



Then display the demands in the descending order of " PERCENTILE  SCORES  " - so people get to know what will get attended to and when


For AAP , with its inclination for seeking people's opinion through " STRUCTURED STATISTICAL SURVEYS " , devising such a transparent and easily understood " PROCESS  " , cannot be a big deal


Incidentally , no individual problem / demand should be included in the survey


Carrying out such a pilot ,  " SOCIO - ECONOMIC - POLITICAL " experiment can take our democracy to the grass-root level and give the people a sense of participation in solving their own problems


At the same time , people will be made aware that ,


>    Resources are limited


>    All demands cannot be attended simultaneously


>    Injustice of past 15 years cannot be undone in the next 15 days




*    hemen   parekh   (   31  Dec  2013  /  Mumbai  )

Sunday, 29 December 2013

A System - based Solution



DEAR  PEOPLE  OF  DELHI  :


Of course , you have a right to complain to your government and seek solutions to your problems


But then , 150 lakh people could each have a problem which , he / she wants solved " yesterday "  !


That would inundate your government , leading to a chaos , instead of satisfactory solutions  !


That is why Arvind said ,


"  Give us 10 days time to put in place , a system "


You could help him devise / implement  such a system


To begin with , submit your complaints in the following " Structured " manner ( - should be NEATLY handwritten ) :



-------------------------------------


COMPLAINT  FORM




>   Complainant Name


>   Age


>   Gender


>   Mobile No


>   Landline No


>   Email Id ( Optional )


>   Address


>   Nature of Complaint


>   To be attended by Dept ( your best guess )


>   Max no of days in which to attend ( be generous )


>   Date submitted ( date / month / year )



--------------------------------------------------------------


You may handover your complaint to ,



>    Government Secretariat


>    Arvind's Residence (  deposit in box kept outside
  )


>    Nearest  AAP  office




You gave previous Congress Government , 15 years for solutions of your problems - with no solutions


Now give , at least 15 days to AAP government  !


Be reasonable  !   Be patient  !




DEAR  ARVIND  :



Here are a few suggestions for you,


>   Within 10 days , print and distribute such a Complaint Form , widely
      all over Delhi . Keep it simple  ! Hindi as well


>    Make it downloadable from Delhi Government web site


>    Within 15 days , enable online submission of complaints on Govt web


      site . For each complaint , give comprehensive feedback . Make entire
      database searchable to any visitor , in a transparent manner


>   Within 30 days , start a Call - Center , where people can register their
      complaints over phone (  IVRS  ?  )


>   Within 45 days , launch Mobile App , "  Magic  Wand " , suggested by
      me , 2 days back 





*   hemen   parekh   (  30  Dec  2013  /  Mumbai  )

Saturday, 28 December 2013

A Frog in Well ?




In Sanskrit , it is called , "  Koop  Mandook  "


A frog which cannot see the Sun rise ( - in Sanskrit , Arvind stands for Sun )


There is no other explanation for Nitin Gadkari to allege that a leading industrialist brokered a deal between AAP and Congress


There is no other explanation for Dr Harshvardhan to say ,


"   AAP will fail to deliver on its promises "


The leader of the opposition in Delhi Assembly ( who , in his post-swearing in speech , Arvind described as a " good man " ) , could not have dreamed that Arvind will motivate 50,000 Delhi-ites to chant ,


"  I will neither offer bribe , nor take bribe "


The good Doctor could not have realized that , after this slogan , Arvind need not worry about fulfilling AAP's poll promises


With this slogan , people of Delhi will themselves fulfill their own dreams  !


Even as experts ( - and some eminent non-experts ) , were debating till late in the night , how AAP will fail ,


>  Red beacons disappeared from official cars ( Magic Wand  ? )


>  Powerful bureaucrats were , unceremoniously shunted out


Do the feudal lords of Congress / BJP realize that , if AAP manages to cleanse the Delhi Administration of corruption , then people don't care if AAP fails to deliver on all of its other poll promises  ?


Most dangerous / unnerving thought  !


Most calamitous prophesy  !


Most certain obliteration  !


Nitinji ,


Remember that 26 year old dalit girl Rakhi Birla defeating a veteran Congress Minister in Delhi  ?


You would do well not to contest your 2014 Lok Sabha seat against Anjani Damania from Gadh Chiroli or Mumbai's Worli  !


People without homes , electricity , water , schools , toilets , hospitals etc , have sounded the death-knell of the corrupts  !


Can you hear it  ?


A new Sun has risen


The sooner you come out of your Koop and see it , the better  !


Sonia / Rahul have seen it


That is why they want Adarsh Scam Report " re-considered "  !





*   hemen  parekh  (  29  Dec  2013  /  Mumbai  )    

Friday, 27 December 2013

Great Expectations



People of Delhi have " Great Expectations " from AAP government


And people of India will be watching how well AAP delivers on those expectations before 2014 general elections


Will AAP manage to deliver on its promises  ?


Here is when great expectations turn into " Unreasonable Expectations "  !


TV anchors are asking this question to every single AAP leader - all the time


And , they are also asking this question to sundry BJP / Congress leaders as well


Asking persons who are taking vicarious pleasure in predicting that AAP will fail miserably


Other than a random AAP leader ( notably , Arvind Kejriwal himself ), no one is saying ,


"   Of course , AAP will fail to deliver on some of those promises - especially
    those promises which require a YES nod from Central Government


    Of course , AAP may have made some miscalculations


    Of course , AAP has no experience in running a government


    Of course , AAP will make some mistakes


    Of course , AAP has no solutions to ALL the problems of Delhi


    So what  ?


    In 2009 , didn't Congress promise to ,


    >  abolish poverty ( as it has been promising for past 66 years )  ?


    >  bring inflation under control within 100 days of coming to power ?

        -  and then repeating that promise , every 100 days ?

       -  and even forcing Planning Commission and the RBI governor to say
       the same thing at every quarterly review  ?  "



Obviously , the vanquished are in a tearing hurry to write an epitaph on AAP's tombstone  !


I am reminded of the vultures circling in the sky when they see an animal dying on the ground  !


Are you surprised that the political vultures are waiting for AAP government to die / fail  ?


Are TV anchors allowing these vultures to use their powerful media to bring about , a " Self - fulfilling Prophesy "  ?


Have we become an ant crawling on a M F Hussein painting , which cannot step back and see it in perspective , in all its glory ?


On midnight of 15th August 1947 , I walked with the crowds of people ( all of them Aam Aadmi ) , from Shivaji Park to Gateway of India , in Mumbai


It took me 12 hours to walk that distance


But I was lucky to have witnessed history in the making


And now , after a lapse of 66 years , I am lucky once again , to be witnessing , another glorious moment of history !


Let us celebrate the arrival of our second freedom - the Surajya


Let us celebrate the beginning of the end of Cancer of Corruption


Let us celebrate the re-birth of the Common Man - the Aam Aadmi



*   hemen   parekh   (  28   Dec   2013  /  Mumbai  )  

   

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Magic Wand ?




Yesterday , Arvind Kejriwal said ,


"  We don't have a Magic Wand with which to cure the problems of the people "


DEAR  ARVIND ,


You don't have to search very far for such a wand  !

That could be the name of an Android app ( I Seek It Now > < U Solve It Now )


To be developed by Home Ministry of Delhi Government , for successful implementation of


DELIVERY  OF  SERVICES  ACT


Make the app freely downloadable from Google Play or from official web site of Delhi government


To activate , a citizen will log into the App , by entering :


>      Aadhar  Identification  Number


>      Delhi Electoral Roll Number


As soon as he does , his name will appear on the first screen of the App , which will read ,


“  I wish to send my complaint to the following department ( For Example ) :
   


  * National Commission for Women

  • Garbage Clearance

  • Water Supply

  • Electricity Supply

  • Roads Repair

  • Rationing ( Food Distribution )

  • Police

  • Bus Transport

  • Railways

  • Post

  • Employment

  • Education

  • Irrigation

  • Building Permits

  • Revenue / Land Records

  • Anti Corruption

  • Other ……………………………………….etc

       (  List should not exceed 50  )


Touching name of any department name will open a SMS message box where the user will type out his complaint ( in a language of his choice )


There will be option to speak-out and record voice message , for illiterate users


Touching  SEND  button will transmit the complaint and within minutes, user will receive SMS reply giving,


  • Name of Officer responsible

  • Office Landline No

  • Mobile No of Officer

  • Email Id of Officer

  • Complaint No with date

  • Expected date of solving the complaint


Bingo  !


The Delhi Government official web site ( integrated with mobile App ) , will carry a tabulation of departments , arranged in the descending order of the no of complaints received / cleared / pending !


The Tabulation will also show , several performance matrices such as,


>  Max time / Ave time / Min time , for solving problem

>  Percentage Performance

>  Binomial Distribution Curve

>  Credit Points earned by the Department .........etc


This frugal innovation will bring in Good Governance to AAP government in Delhi


Arvind Kejriwal may want to request Nandan Nilekani / Sam Pitroda to help out . If they are too busy, his own Alma Mater , IIT-Kanpur would be glad to develop such an App within 15 days !



If AAP manages to successfully implement this in Delhi , it will succeed in convincing 760 million voters of India that ,


"  Where there is a Will , there is a Way

   Give AAP a chance to replicate this at All India level " 



*    hemen  parekh  (  27  Dec  2013 / Mumbai )