Delhi CM Kejriwal’s  stern warning to Delhi’s bureaucracy : “Officers must follow govt orders or, else go to Centre or resign “ (TOI ’ April 20,2016 ), is  disturbing , betraying  his  authoritarian  mindset. Contrast this with PM Modi’s pep talk to central government bureaucrats on the Civil Services Day ( April 21,2016) and awards for outstanding works. Sample CM Kejriwal. He could have exhorted  the bureaucrats  on similar lines, instead of issuing a veiled threat to them from a public platform. Reprehensible, unwarranted and unbecoming of a politico holding the high office of Chief Minister.

The CEO , no doubt, is entitled to have its team of trusted  ( Read as  pliable ) bureaucrats for implementing its policies.  All States of the Union of India and UTs face this problem. They do not often succeed  in getting  officers of their choice from  Central government. But, issues are  sorted out through discussions keeping in view the transfer policies and other considerations. Consultative mechanism rather than confrontationist approach is the mantra to overcome differences of opinions and arrive at a consensus. The issues are not Delhi-specific. 

A humane approach always works. But, this is alien to Kejriwal’s genre. As a control freak, egoistic , endowed with  ’  holier than thou ’ attitude  with cravings for cheap publicity, he has harmed Delhi’s interests  at the cost of  tax payers’ money. Bureaucrats’ selections are merit-based unlike  the political class. They are supposed to be politically neutral. Kejriwal’s lousy outburst against Delhi bureaucrats( even out of desperation) is not acceptable in a civilized society. He has made a joke of himself.

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Unethical banking practices are not new. Bank nationalization in 1969 did not reduce corruption. State control encouraged giving loans on oral orders of successive ruling dispensations, influential politicians, corporate houses, bankers and bureaucrats.The current scam came to light after the Supreme court took suo motu cognizance of a media report and discovered that bad debts (Rs 1.14 lakh crores) were secretly written off by 28 state-owned banks (between 2013 and 2015) flouting all norms and without taking stake-holders into confidence. The common perception was that the corruption ,was at its zenith during the later part of UPA misrule.

India is not a banana republic.The scams cannot take place without the active collusion of top bank executives , politicians and bureaucrats who influence banks to give loans to would be defaulters.The Supreme court bench headed by CJI, slammed RBI and castigated public sector banks for loan waiver spree as defaulters keep leading a “lavish lifestyle”.

Spilling the beans, former Dy Governor RBI called the write-off a big scam. Top state-owned lender the SBI attributed this to the “discretionary power of its committee”. Other banks blame it on their Management committee, Board of Directors, Executive committee etc.All banks have sought exemption from disclosures of defaulters’ names ,citing Section 8(1) (d) of RTI Act. RBI and other banks express inability to reveal names of loan defaulters citing “ fiduciary relationship” with clients, commercial secrecy, trade secrets, intellectual property, adverse impact on economy and so on. Preposterous, simplistic and absurd explanation to cover-up unethical practices. Details of all defaulters must be kept in public domain as it involves mindboggling loss of public exchequer. This could not have been possible without kickbacks.The corrupt beneficiaries have been dodging investigations in the past due to absence of written orders. Seize all records. Show- cause RBI’s and state-owned banks’ executives, MOF’s bureaucrats , interrogate them and record their testimonies. Due to country-wide ramifications of the scam , let investigations be carried out by the court-monitored CBI.

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Many indians are not aware of the growing turmoil in Balochistan and grave human rights violations by the Pakistan army. The situation might reach the flashpoint, soon. The media is not Let me come straight to the point. The recent meeting of Hurriyat leaders with Pakistani officials in Delhi must prompt India to re-visit its candyfloss foreign policy towards Pakistan. Recall Sharm-el-Sheikh fiasco.The mention of Balochistan in the Joint Statement of the then PMs-- Dr Manmohan Singh and Yusuf Raza Gilani -- at Sharm El Sheikh in 2009, had created a huge furore in India and the same was interpreted as India’s surrender to Pakistan. A serious blunder and utter foolhardiness on part of UPA government, it was. I have checked records. The BJP , as part of the Opposition, had in 2009, stoutly condemned UPA’s stand. It is now BJP’s turn to correct the perspective. Let India extend full support to the liberation of Balochistan . This would be a matching response to Pak's explicit support to the Hurriyat leaders. The US, though sympathetic to Baloch cause, continues to extend financial assistance to Pakistan to counter the growing Chinese primacy in the region- through construction of Chinese assisted Gwadar port and the Makran highway project. But,this should not deter us.

The Balochistan Liberation Army, Lashkar-e-Balochistan and the Baloch Liberation United Front are the militant groups, ready to wage a full-scale war against Pakistan army . There is a long pending grievance against the Pakistan central government which is systematically suppressing development in Baluchistan to keep the poor Balochis under its thumb.Against this background, the country has the right to know : What will be India’s stand, in case, the Balochi separatists , on the analogy of Bangla Desh war, declare themselves independent from the clutches of Pakistan. Will India stand by Balochistan —militarily and diplomatically? If ,yes, let India be ready for taking pro-active steps.

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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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