The Samajwadi party in UP, is twisting the real issue of Mafia Raj by giving it a communal colour. It is a lame excuse to ward off criticism against Durga Shakti's suspension. Strangely, suspension was ordered by CM's office without even calling for reports from the District Magistrate or Commissioner.Both are dumb like the Chief Secretary.No opportunity was given to the lady officer to defend herself under the principle of Equity and Natural Justice. Let the UP IAS Officers Association petition the Allahabad High Court for justice failing which a PIL by a social activist would be advised..

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Some of the former and present Members of National Advisory Council ( “Jholawalas” in colloquial parlance ) have been running NGOs and pocketing government grants, year after year, without producing the requisite expenditure and receipt statements, Performance-cum-achievement reports and audited statements of expenditure.


Some prominent Members connected with NGOs, have been: Farah Naqvi is one of the founders of Nirantar (a Delhi-based NGO working on gender & education),  Deep Joshi---NGO guy, Mirai Chatterjee--director of SEWA, Ashis Mondal--NGO guy.


The "brilliant" scams-cum- schemes like MNREGA are NAC’s mastermind. The Council headed by Sonia Gandhi, as the extra-Constitutional  body, has been trying to emerge as an alternative  to the union Council of Ministers. It is the de facto PMO. All ministers owe allegiance to the Chairman NAC who enjoys the status and privileges of a Cabinet Minister with Z+ security to boot.
During the NDA regime, the PM House was all powerful,at least, more than the then PMO. Under the UPA regime,10 Janpath is more powerful than the PMO-PM House-24 Akbar Road combine.Worse,with zero accountability for the Congress supremo. There are layers of  shields comprising of Ministerial, Prime Ministerial,and the Congress "Chaatukars" to protect her. The so-called Steel frame of bureaucracy has failed ,and failed irreparably.

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DURGA SHAKTI'S INITIATIVE THOUGH ADMINISTRATIVELY EXPEDIENT AND LEGALLY SUSTENABLE , WAS POLITICALLY INCORRECT. UNFORTUNATELY, SUSPENSION IS NOT TREATED AS A PENALTY UNDER CONDUCT RULES.

THE UP IAS OffICERS ASSOCIATION ,ONCE KNOWN FOR GRIT AND COURAGE FOR SAFEGUARDING ITS MEMBERS FROM POLITICAL AGGRESSION,HAS SUFFERED A GREAT SETBACK DUE TO ITS INACTION AGAINST CORRUPTION. IT IS SPINELESS.

EVEN THE UP CHIEF SECRETARY SHUDDERS TO BOLDLY ADVISE THE POLITICAL EXECUTIVE ABOUT INFIRMITIES IN POLITICAL DECISION MAKING.

DURGA'S SUSPENSION AND POSSIBLE TRANSFER IN THE NEAR FUTURE BY THE STUPID CM OF A MAFIA-RIDDEN STATE , SMACKS OF VENGEANCE. LET SOME SOCIAL ACTIVIST PETITION THE ALLAHABAD HIGH COURT.

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Public  reprimanding of a lady IES officer (JS level) by the lady Secretary of Women &Child Development (WCD) ministry  forced a junior  to slash her wrists in office.This is  too serious a matter to  be brushed under the carpet. While some senior civil servants do not hesitate in prostrating  before their political masters ,they have the audacity to maltreat their subordinates by using foul language. Ironically, while the CCS(Conduct Rules) treat  ‘insubordination’ as a misconduct, an act unbecoming of a government servant,there is no punishment  prescribed for seniors’ misbehaving with  their juniors.The Cabinet Secy must  step in to protect the subordinates  against the autocratic  behaviour  of seniors.

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The Intelligence Bureau is pitted against the CBI?This is the most dangerous trend introduced by the Congress to further its short term political gains.Its implications on the Congress will be disastrous particularly when the next General Elections are around the corner.It may no longer receive the foolproof input against the Opposition parties.The traditional rivalry between the Congress and BJP is reflected in the rivalry between the investigative and intelligence arm of CBI and IB arms of GOI,sorry,the Congress party.Both organisations have on their rolls officers owing allegiance either to the Congress or BJP.Both are spying against each other.The CBI and the IB have been planting stories in the media,both print and electronic, that has a voracious appetite for scoops.The country does not benefit from such splits with two key government organisations working at cross purposes against the mandates assigned to them.Bad days are ahead for India.

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The ongoing spat between Amratya Sen and Jagdish Bhagwati has degenerated into a slanging match. The differences widen when intellectuals allign themselves with political parties. Sen was ill-advised to condemn Gujarat model of development in favour of Bihar model. As a Nobel laureate and a Bharat Ratna awardee,he should not have made uncharitable comments on Modi’s candidature for Prime Ministership. Bhagwati’s diatribe against Sen was also degrading. Indian polity is already full of paradoxes. Why increase the confusion ?

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Public reprimanding of a lady IES officer ( JS level) by lady Secretary of WCD ministry at senior officers’ meeting (TIO July 27) forced the junior to slash her wrists in office. Too serious a matter to be brushed under the carpet. All civil servants have, to suffer under impossible bosses who crowl before political masters but maltreat their subordinates ,abuse and misuse them as general factotum.The Conduct Rules refers to “insubordination” as a misconduct, an act unbecoming of a government servant. But,there is no penalty for seniors’ bashing their juniors, some sort of “reverse insubordination”.It is high time to reform the Conduct Rules. The Cab Secy must step in to protect the interests of subordinates against reprehensible behaviour of Secretaries. The Prime Minister, in-charge of DOP&T and ARPG wing ,must introduce Performance Appraisal for Secretaries along with 360 degree feedback practice. It is for general information that Secretaries to GOI are exempted from APRs.

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THE DIRTY TRICKS DEPARTMENT OF THE CONGRESS IS ALLEGEDLY BEHIND THE VISA CONSPIRACY. RAJNATH SINGH'S NAIVETE IN SEEKING A VISA FOR MODI FROM US ADMN WAS COMPOUNDED BY A JOINT LETTER ALLEGEDLY SIGNED BY 65 MPs ON OFFICIAL LETTER HEAD. AS WAS EXPECTED, 29 OUT OF 65 MPs ARE REPORTED TO BE FROM THE CONGRESS,THE PRINCIPLE CONSPIRATOR.WORSE, 12 LETTERS ARE ALLEGEDLY FORGED.THE PARLIAMENT WILL WITNESS NOISY SCENES, PRIVILEGE MOTIONS AND WALK-OUTS. INDIA'S IMAGE HAS BEEN BADLY HIT IN THE PROCESS. WHY SHOULD HON'BLE MPs ADDRESS THEIR DOMESTIC POLITICAL AGENDA TO OBAMA? THE SILENCE OF ADVANI-SUSHMA-JASWANT-YASHWANT, IS BAFFLING. ARE THEY SORE WITH MODI’s GROWING POPULARITY? THE CONTROVERSY WILL BE SET AT REST ,ONCE THE VISA IS GRANTED BY THE USA,HOPEFULLY BEFORE THE MONSOON SESSION OF PARLIAMENT.

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The spat between Amratya Sen and Jagdish Bhagwati has degenerated into a slanging match between two giants. Fighting like Salman Khan and Shahrukh Khan.Reasons are not far to seek.Two celebrities seldom agree. The problem aggravates when the intellectuals turn into politicians and take sides. Sen was ill-advised to condemn Gujarat model of development in favour of Bihar model. He merely fuelled the hate war between them. Bhagwati’s diatribe against Sen, has been vitriolic,causing irreparable damage. Why indulge in personal attacks?Sen,in the first place, should not have made uncharitable remarks about Modi’s candidature for Premiership.He had no business imposing his opinion. He is a Bharat Ratna awardee.Was he expressing his gratitude to the Congress supremo,one wonders?His likes and dislikes are private,not for public consumption.Why is Sen shying away from an open debate with Jagdish Bhagwati?

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Food Security Bill cannot be sustainable as it will have adverse impact on fiscal deficit in coming years. The government of future will bear the brunt along with the tax payers. Hard times are ahead for all of us The programme aims at giving the nation's two-thirds population the right to highly subsidised rates of Rs 1-3 per kg. This would require 62 million tonnes of food grain for implemention costing the public exchequer Rs 1,25,000 crore annually.The programme cannot ensure nutrition and quality of food grains. Absence of adequate storage facilities in the country, will pose challenges to its successful implementation.

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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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