I am confident, I articulate the views of  the fellow indians, across the country, in their day-to-day experiences.Sample my following experiences:

The  private  Chartered Accountants  charge hefty fee from clients for filing IT returns allegedly for "bribing" IT officers,retaining lion's share for themselves.

This is being openly admitted by the practising CAs.

Similarly, lawyers allegedly act as conduits in subordinate judiciary

All bribe their way through the dark alleys of court premises by greasing palms of petty court officials. Bails, adjournments, acquittals etc are readily available. But, all for a price. Recent expose/ sting operations by the Republic TV channel, should be an eye-opener  both for subordinate and top Judiciary. This has nothing to do with the shortage of judges. Simply put, it is all due to total lack of judicial accountability.

Consider Delhi. Ubiquitous touts  can be seen hovering around  public dealing offices like Police, local bodies, transport,Jal boards,Bijli boards and so on. Engineers of local bodies  and the Police  collude with each other with the blessings of local legislators ,by openly demanding  heavy cuts for permitting encroachments by the venders on public land.MCDs , DDA are the worst offenders.Their vigilance officers are incompetent, laidback .

This is the scenario in the National capital. Situation in States is incredibly horrifying.

All government departments are forced to observe Vigilance Week,year-after- year, wasting manhours, public exchequer.

Politicians get undeserved publicity  by the electronic and print media. The politicians enjoy their own speeches at the cost of public discomfiture. Event managers do roaring businesses,charging heavy cost. Their empanelment by  government organisations  based on  “ security consideration “ ,is an open secret.The only positive feature  is that they are security-vetted.  But ,not, competitive. A racket prevalent  all over the country.Can some one , for instance, guestimate the total expenditure  in organising an event in Delhi’s Vigyan Bhavan? 

Phenomenal. We need to conserve our resources and utilise it in priority areas.

Similarly, foundation-stone  laying ceremony by celebrities is another atrocious practice dear to politicians. A drain on public exchequer that must be abolished. In Uttar Pradesh , the CM has reportedly, barred  his Ministers and Chief Secretary from performing such ceremonies. Achieving  “Amaratva “ (Immortality ) through  foundation-stone laying , is the sole prerogative of  the political class alone. Funny,but,true.

No one is aware of  the demoralising  impact such events have on the hapless  citizens who constitute the largest public interface and the worst victims. 

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Media reports of Mumbai's Elphinstone footbridge being rebuilt by indian army,is disturbing.Who is firing the shot,one wonders?

Is the railway’s civil wing not considered professionally competent?

Are the Railway minister, CRB and engineers not confident to execute their mandated functions.?

Why not complete the promised investigations on a war footing , check culpability and punish the guilty? It does not take a rocket science.

But, don't belittle the indian army.Its contribution during the floods,earthquakes and other emergencies must be gratefully recognised. 

It should be left to prepare for a two-front war with China and Pakistan

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Haryana has a penchant for cheap publicity. It has continuously been in the news, of late, all for the wrong reasons.The latest news about 100 Haryana government school teachers,doubling as ‘ Pandit jis’ or ‘ pujaris’ after they were officially assigned extra duties at hindu temples in Yamunanagar district in addition to teaching.

Over 100 teachers were roped into religious duties like tying the sacred thread, distributing prasad at the annual temple festival. They were also tasked by the district magistrate with the job of counting of cash offerings by the devotees at the four-day "Kapal Mochan" festival in Yamunanagar.

The news is not only ludicrous but bizarre,too. Worse, hell broke loose when a majority of teachers failed to show up for the Priest training sessions. All were issued show cause notices by the district education officer to explain why action should not be taken against them for non-compliance of orders.

School teachers were also recently ordered in Haryana to keep all night vigils on stubble-burning, a major environmental problen in the state and the adjoining Punjab . All after their day’ labour in schools.

The school teachers are also roped in for enumeration job in connection with Census besides election duties.The Kerala cops also perform temple duties without full uniform and bare footed at Sabarimala for months.  in a state where over 50 percent population are communism- believers.They controle the crowd of devotees. All these are fine in lieu of officially assigned  work.

But, deploying Haryana school teachers on priestly duties inside the sanctum sanctorum,is un-heard of . Reprehensible and illegal,too.One cannot be forced to enter any place of worship against his/her wish on religeous duties in a secular country. All at the cost of State’s exchequer.The protests by school teachers against DM seem justified.But,what else could the poor DM do against the wishes  of political masters and their VVIP style of functioning.

Schools are not Gurukul Ashrams or Madrassas.

 

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CM Yogi's commandments to its bureaucracy for behaving like doormats to UP politicians is thoughtless, imprudent,injudicious and ill-advised. Sheer arrogance of power concentrated in few hands.

Guidelines force the bureaucrats to stand up, welcome the legislators with samosa,lemon-water, chai with half-spoon of sugar and so on.

Foundation-laying ceremonies monopolised by CM. Out of bound for bureaucrats.

CM Yogi has made a fool of himself by issuing such moronic, childish guidelines

Treating civil servants like kindergarten students is disgraceful. Enough is enough.

Should UP civil servants and others accept instructions from their chief secretary lying down ? What happens to the undeserved title of ' steel frame of bureaucracy '.

Has the steel frame become malleable, pliable, tractable and ductile?

Sheer violation of norms of dignity and human rights of poor bureaucrats bound by Conduct Rules.

Let the political executive also change the Conduct Rules by allowing VVIP racism.

Politicos extracting reverence from bureaucrats is actually an euphemism for seeking forced compliance of their illegal orders.

We have seen N D Tewari carrying late Sanjay Gandhi's chappals. We also saw UP officers taking off Mayawati's, Mulayam, Shivpal and Akhilesh Yadav's shoes in the not too distant past.Their arrogance boomeranged in elections.

PM Modi is Pradhan-sevak and CM Yogi is a Shehnshah

PM must step in and put his foot down

Chamchagiri, sychophancy has no place in the lives of honest civil servants.

Supreme court is urged to take suo moto cognizance and quash UP government's un-Constitutional instructions.

The court may also order a total ban on foundation stone-laying ceremonies wasting tax payers money.

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October 1724

Damning Statistics

The number of schemes, memorials, tournaments, projects, trophies, awards, airports, hospitals, universities etc named after Nehru- Gandhi dynasty by  successive Congress-led dispensations during the past 70 years ,is mind boggling.

Have a look at the break-up.

(a)  Universities/Educational Institutes        98

(b) Roads/Buildings/Places        73

(c) Awards        51

(d) Schemes in Congress-ruled States         52

(e) Sports/Tournaments/ Trophies        28

(f) Schemes/Projects         13

(g) Scholarships/Fellowships        15

(h) Airports/ Ports         05

(i) Institutions/Chairs/Festivals         37

(j) Hospitals/Medical Institutes         39

(k) National Parks/Sanctuaries/Museums         15

(l) Stadia         19

Total               445

This has created a monopoly situation, unprecedented,unheard of in any other part of the world. All at tax-payers cost.

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The Private Secretaries to union ministers are normally drawn from different organised Services.Sometimes, even officers from same ministries are deployed as private secretaries to ministers.Their appointments, more often than not,are co-terminus with ministers’ continuance in the council of ministers .

Worse, the ministers also indulge in the luxury of drawing on an army of junior staff far in excess of DOP&T’S entitlements.The number of staff ( designated as Informal staff ) from out of ministries, is as large as 20. This leads to additional office space, telephones,cars, furniture etc, needlessly adding to avoidable, wasteful expenditure. They are generally misused for fulfilling non-official obligations of ministers including receiving political co-workers, both at home and office.

This informal arrangement creates vested interests and misuse of official machinery and must be stopped forthwith. Such staff and officers facilitated all scams during the Congress-led UPA era. Mistaking them as innocuous, they are never kept under CBI’s and IB’s scanners.They are quizzed by anti-corruption agencies only after the scams are investigated. But,they escape scot free in absence of formal allocation of duties in ministers’ offices. They must be asked to return to their substantive posts in the ministry.Even, the Private Secretaries belonging to organised services, must be asked to pack up and report to their respective cadres after two years.

The PMO must be kept exempted due to massive amount of work and for effective monitoring.

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But, PM Modi should neither over-estimate the achievements of his government nor under-estimate the scheming,wicked Opposition.

First  thing first. He must start reining in the loudmouths and rabble-rousers within his party and affiliated organisations. The so-called ‘ hindutva elements ‘ must come out of  their comfortable cocoon of arrogance, insensitivity and know-all mindset, far removed from reality.

The bottom line is that all sections must feel safe rather than feel discriminated against? The political and ideological war must be fought politically and democratically.

Confrontation with Supreme court on firecrackers controversy,is unwarranted and ill-advised.If the political class is opposed to SC’s judgement , let the Executive order filing SLP in the highest court.

Chaos would mean alienation from the masses. Silence can be misconstrued as ‘tacit approval’.PM Modi alone can control the wayward forces in his party and the country,failing which,his detractors within and outside, will earn brownie points,undeservedly and by default.

And,last but not the least, lack of  punitive action against UPA scamsters is heartbreaking  to  all Modiphiles including myself.

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An unprecedented address by Sushma Swaraj at UNGA on Sept 23,2017.

Finest ever by an indian Foreign Minister since independence.

A big retort to Pakistan that refuses to learn from history.

People-to-People contact between India and Pakistan has failed to dissolve the hostility between  the two sub-continental cousins.

India empathises with the people of Pakistan for having been denied the fruits of democracy by Pakistani army by remote-controlling  the civil administration.

It is the most appropriate time for India to launch an Army-to-Army contact and replace the present sham democracy in Pakistan by India-like democracy.

Sushma ji has done the country proud

 

The country gives its compliments to PM Modi for choosing such an able, sober and logical lady as foreign minister.

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Class-3 student slapped 40 times by teacher in Lucknow,UP

" Peer slap bet " in a Noida school

Rapes with girl students in schools are normal

Many more skeletons may tumble out in times to come.

We have become accustomed and insensitive to such mishaps

Why not have a separate and independent Union Minister for SCHOOL EDUCATION for focussed attention ?

And, a separate, independent Union Minister for HIGHER EDUCATION,

Sack officials of CBSE , UGC and other regulatory bodies and their counterparts in States particularly the District Magistrates for dereliction of duties 

Stringent punishment for all including the Police.

Best to appoint Academician- turned -Administrators as Ministers.

Never, the politicians.

Let PM Modi lead by examples by starting from Central government and the BJP-ruled States.

 

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My honest opinion: No way.

This will remain a pipe dream despite PM Modi’s best intentions.

Let us be realistic, not idealistic. Corruption is a universal malaise. Its complete elimination is a myth. It can, however, be mitigated depending upon the political Will.

First , corruption in local bodies having large public interfaces that impact the common man. Mumbai floods are a classic case of BMC’s insensitivity, inefficiency and political corruption.This is the position in  3255 urban local bodies in India. Police is compromised.

Even, legitimate claims are allowed only after greasing the palms of Inquiry officers, SHOs and their cronies in Police and clerks, engineers, Commissioners of corporations in local bodies. Encroachment on government lands,is a permanent source of income for beat constables, hawaldars, sub-inspectors ,engineers and commissioners. Extortion is considered a matter of right. Due to brazen interference by the political class, responsive mechanism is non-existent and supervision lax.

Public is not the stake holder. No feed back mechanism. No fear of compromised police and corporations officials.

Right to Service Act is in the limbo. Public officers are duty bound to perform their duties within the stipulated time with no other option to avoid penalty. But, no one is penalised in the normal course except. Passage of Lokpal Bill is in cold storage. Concept of Zero tolerance to corruption remains a political rhetoric. Statutary audit and IT raids on local bodies officials are not conducted regularly.

India is a federal democracy, but, not a co-operative federalism. Eliminating corruption is a joint venture that needs joint efforts of the Centre, States and local bodies. State governments ruled by political dispensations different from the one at the Centre, work at loggerheads at different wavelengths and priorities. CMs of states like West Bengal, Kerala and Karnataka, behave like CEOs of “Sovereign, Independent Republics “

Decisions are taken under political pressures rather than on merit.Mediocrity thrives.Pliable bureaucrats consider it safer to prostrate before the political class. Grievance redressal mechanism has failed for the poor .

Big ticket scams of UPA era did not get the attention,they deserve.

PM Modi’s honesty and incorruptibility,is beyond doubt.He has no personal axe to grind. His commitment to India’s development,is unquestioned. Rampant corruption has stunted India’s development. PM Modi’s series of bold initiatives to reduce corruption index like : 

Demonetization, benami assets etc  are notable. But, efforts made to fast-track conviction of the accused involved in Congress-led UPA scams, are not are extremely slow. Loan defaulters and money launderers are having free runs in the country or abroad.

Raids on suspects by IT, ED, CBI and other enforcement agencies must increase.

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About A.K.Saxena

A K SAXENA, an Indian national, is a retired civil servant from Government of India He is also a freelance journalist with several published investigative articles and columns in various fields to his credit. His writings are a reflection of his interest in writing on divergent themes and making the topics relevant to a wider audience. A post graduate in Chemistry from University of Delhi,he could not sustain his interest in pursuing research and instead chose to enter the government service through the IAS etc exam held by the UPSC. “KALASAVYA” that brought out several publications besides organizing cultural shows.


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