After Union Home Minister’s  googly on Bastar carnage, comes a bouncer from his Home Secretary whose missive is a serious indictment of DG CRPF. This is a case of : “Passing the Buck”. True to his genre, R K Singh  enjoys making thoughtless statements without application of mind. His fault-finding outburst must have  demotivated the CRPF officers.The federal States police forces are ill-equipped,ill-trained to take on the Maoists.That explains why the MHA decided to deploy CRPF that is beleaguered by its own problems of  “performance anxiety”.If the CRPF troops are killed in the maoist violence,they are proceeded against departmentally for disciplinary actions.This robbed them of initiative in carrying out anti-insurgency operations for fear of losing its troops.R K Singh is being unfair in setting the agenda for his successor.The motive is clear: To cover his own failures . His accolades to Delhi’s Police Commissioner in the wake of infamous Delhi bus gang rape was unjust,unfair  and undeserved. He is a loose cannon, who does not make sense. Why did he fail to address the problems and take remedial steps instead of playing blame game at the fag end of his career? Whom is he trying to please by his senseless statements? Why did he fail to plug the supply lines to the Maoists who are reportedly receiving funds and weapons from China and the ISI?

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Sushil Kumar Shinde,the union Home Minister is incapable of  making a statement without putting his foot into the mouth. His casual approach to work is considered an asset  by his political class that renders him subservient to the Congress supremo. The guy has the audacity  to justify his overstay in the US for consulting his “eye specialist” far beyond  the Maoists’carnage  in Chhattisgarh.Who ran the home ministry,in his absence? The State does not learn lessons from history and the same ,therefore, is repeated. Salva Judum has failed to controle the maoists’ threat. To say that the Naxalism has been wiped out from Andhra Pradesh by the Greyhound forces, is  misplaced perception. The naxalites were not liquidated by the Greyhound forces bur were forced out to adjoining States.The threat is now  returning to AP with vengeance.Against this background, HM’s suggestion of launching  joint action by the Central and State’s Police forces ,will further fuel the crisis in Chhattisgarh.It might lead to a backlash across the country.IB’s input is not based on intelligence gathering but common sense.One wonders why no attempt has been made so far by the Home ministry and State administration ,to target the supply lines of arsenals and terror funds to the Maoists?The ISI and China are sending funds and weapons to Maoists spread all over the country. One theory,though sounding incredible, is that the huge funds earmarked in the Central and States’ budgets for fighting the maoists’, is a permanent  industry being exploited by the   unscrupulous politico- police-bureaucratic nexus. Some people might lose their jobs,if the Maoists.

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THE NAC,ON ITS LAST LEG,WILL BE SCRAPPED BEFORE THE NEXT GENERAL ELECTIONS.


THE OUTCOME OF ELECTIONS IS WRIT LARGE ON THE WALLS OF 10-JANPATH.SOME PROMINENT CONGRESS POLITICIANS WILL BE BITING THE DUST IN THE COMING ASSEMBLY AND GENERAL ELECTIONS

 

SOME MAY FLEE THE COUNTRY WITH TONS OF DOLLARS STASHED IN FOREIGN TAX HEAVENS.WATCH MY WORDS.


ARUNA ROY, SENSING THE MOOD OF THE PEOPLE,HAS CONVENIENTLY, NOT GRACEFULLY, DECIDED TO LEAVE THE NAC.THE NAC  FUNCTIONS AS A PARALLEL GOVERNMENT HEADED BY SONIA GANDHI( WITH ZERO ACCOUNTABILITY) AND  WHOSE RECOMMENDATIONS ARE VIRTUALLY BINDING ON THE PLIABLE PM ,WHO MERELY HAS THE AUTHORITY TO DOT THE " Is" AND CROSS THE " Ts".


THE EXPENDITURE ON THE NAC ALL THESE YEARS WOULD BE PHENOMENAL. THIS IS MET OUT OF PUBLIC EXCHEQUER.

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Comparison is apt when there is a level playing field.Not so in case of new C&AG V/s his predecessor.A PIL has been filed in the Hon’le Supreme court questioning the selection criteria, rather their absence, in the Constitutional appointment. Did the GOI exercise due diligence and took into account the totality of circumstances,in the given situation.Let us come straight to the point.


Defence procurement deals have been under C&AG’s radar.Would it be possible for new C&AG as the National Auditor, to scrutinize his own decisions,fairly and independently, that he took during his long stay of ten years in MOD in different capacities as Joint Secretary /DG (Acquisitions)/ Addl Secretary and  Defence Secretary.His brilliance is not in question. But, will he be in position to uphold the highest standards of probity in public life.


Is this an example of Good Governance that the Congress-led  depleted UPA-II took pride of ,in its achievement report?


What could be  the interim advice to new C&AG till  the court’s verdict is delivered? Could he, on high moral ground, recuse himself from handling such  cases, due to involvement  of  “Conflict of Interest” so that his impartialit not undermined? This seems to be the only option.

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The Economic Advisory Council ( EAC)in the PMO headed by  C Rangarajan , was set up  to implement quid pro quo deals of the Congress with private sector giants. No doubt,  fixation of   existing gas price @$4.2/million British thermal units (mBtu), from the erstwhile price of $2.34  mBtu ,was steeped in controversy ab initio. It was allegedly linked to installation of a pre-selected private sector-turned public sector executive as CMD of a Maha Ratna PSU.The unit cost of gas from  KG Basin is reported to be around $0.6 per mBtu. Against this background, further reviewing the existing gas price of $4.2/million British thermal units (mBtu), causing a gain of $313 million to Reliance Industries Limited (  Read it as an equivalent loss to public exchequer) without any additional investment or value addition   by the private company, will stir up a hornet’s nest for the Congress . The appointment of a pliable C&AG,it seems,  has  emboldened the ruling dispensation to resort to misadventure without realising  the loss to public exchequer. All things considered, the EAC  seems to be a subterfuge to dupe the gullible public and loot the country. It must be scrapped forthwith. Let its recommendations be put in public domain for an open debate.

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Reservation policy is an electoral fraud due to its sociological implications. The benefits of reservation have been cornered, by the dalits belonging to affluent class. Instead of reviewing the reservation policy, the political class , under garb of “social re-engineering”, has created the sub-category of Maha-dalits” covering the poorest among the dalits. Worse still, under compulsions of vote bank politics, it created sub-castes of : “Normal”, “Hyper” and “Super” Maha-dalits depending on level of poverty. Creation of artificial silos has led to inter- and intra-castes conflicts. The Indian bureaucracy is also impacted adversely. For instance, the practice of giving out-of-turn promotion for superlative performance has been scrapped by government. There is no level playing field in appraising the performance of government bureaucrats and public sector executives. While,”Good” performance is considered “Good enough” for one category of candidates ,it is “Good for nothing” for others. Good and poor performers are treated at par. How could the govt achieve “Responsive Administration” and “Good Governance” in such a scenario? Against this background, extending reservation policy to promotion matters, as demanded by the BSP, will lead to a tsunami of administrative disasters as seniors will become junior to their juniors.

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 Several defence procurement deals are already under C&AG’s scanner.Would it be ethical for new C&AG to scrutinize, without bias, his own decisions on defence procurement  during his long stay of ten years in MOD, as Joint Secretary /DG (Acquisitions)/ Addl Secretary and  Defence Secretary.His brilliance is not in question. But, the existing process of selecting C&AG  is arbitrary, discretionary,based on pick-and-choose. It does not have elements of  “due diligence” and consideration of “ totality of circumstances”, to guard against possible misuse of unfettered discretion by the ruling dispensation. Is this an example of Good Governance that the Congress-led depleted UPA-II took pride in its achievement report? What is the solution?Could the new C&AG recuse himself from handling all such controversial cases (Read as Scams) due to “conflict of interest”?

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The CBI  betrays  its own  infirmity  while  demanding functional  autonomy .The  existing dispensation of rules including CrPC, bestows sufficient autonomy on Director CBI to exercise its  unfetterd authority for  investigating  high profile cases of malfeasance against politicians , businessmen and top bureaucrats.All former Directors of CBI discharged their duties  freely and without interference by the political class. The evil raised its head, of late, more particularly under the  present political dispensation .Successive Directors could not insulate themselves from political interference. This had a cascading effect on the morale and efficiency of the otherwise professional disciplined forces. This is a personality –related problems. Director ,CBI is finding it difficult to resist pressure from the political class  as he expects  to be rewarded with gubernatorial  or Commissions’ appointments immediately  after expiry of  his  two year tenure in CBI. This could be overcome by enhancing the tenure of  Director CBI to five years by making the upper age limit as flexible.Consider another problem.There is a perennial war going on within the CBI between the IPS deputationists and CBI’s  in-house professionals, encadred with the Bureau. Officers of the latter category hate to serve under superiors who are usually IPS deputationists from different State governments, encadred with the union Home ministry. Their  cases of  deputation under central staffing pattern, are processed by DOP&T. The deputationists are thus  vulnerable to political pressures and their acolytes in bureaucracy. It is understood that,at present,officers , inspectors and sub-inspectors etc from from paramilitary security forces  like the  ITBP, CRPF, CISF etc  with no  effective  investigative  skills ,are being taken on deputation into  CBI ,blocking the career prospects of the “sons of the soil”,the original natives of the Bureau. The  has also adversely impacted  the quality of investigation in the CBI.The IAS officers are considered Manusmriti’s highest varna. There is a perennial undeclared war between the IAS and the IPS for One-upmanship.The IAS coterie is always finding  justification  for
controlling the IPS through cadre control, processing deputation,  finalizing  selection of Director and his team of officers in the
CBI etc. Granting  Constitutional  status  to CBI will be disastrous as we would be creating a Frankenstein with unbridled power that could arrest anyone. Making the CBI a  Statutary body  like the CVC ,could be considered provided it is taken out of CVC suprindence .What supervisory controle was exercised by the CVC when the Director CBI shared the draft affidavit  with the PMO, Coal ministry and the Law ministry?The selection of Director CBI may be carried out by a collegium of  the CJI, PM and  LOP ( Lok Sabha) and after considering  a shortlist of names  recommended  by  a body of DGs Police in the country. The peer group is the best source to certify the credentials of the fellow IPS officers.

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Bhakshak  cannot be Rakshak.This is how one would like to term the appointment of former Defence Secretary as the new C&AG. The intelligence of Shashikant Sharma is not underquestion.His pliability and loyalty to the ruling dispensation,certainly raise questions about the fairness of his selection as C&AG.The  opaque selection mechanism  grants unfettered discretion to GOI to select any Tom,Dick and Harry for the august office of C&AG without regard to his/her credentials.Having served in MOD for eleven  years as Joint Secretary/ DG (Accquisition)/Addl Secretary and finally as Defence Secretary, is sufficient ground to develop vested interests.Why was he exempted from the normal rule of rotational transfer?Was there a lobby to protect him? What was St Antony doing in his chamber in South Block  except dotting the  “i ” and dashing  the “ t” of defence procurement policy?How would Shashi Kant .the new C&AG summon the scams files from MOD which have been processed and approved by him? He would defend all GOI’s decisions and get himself shielded in the process.His appointment is reminiscent of the selection of P J Thomas as the CVC, which was quashed by the Supreme court, leading to his unceremonious exit and embarrassment to GOI. Will the history be repeated due to direct involvement of “clash of interests”? At least,so it seems.

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Appointment of Shashikant Sharma as C&AG has all the ingradients of a scam . His brilliance is not in question. But,his pliability and loyalty to the political executive have  been rewarded despite involvement of  “conflict of interests”.Several defence procurement scams are under probe by the CBI.Critical observations have been made by former C&AG in various cases of defence procurements. Would it be ethical on part of new C&AG to scrutinize his own decisions on defence procurement that were earlier processed and approved by him as Defence Secretary?His long stay of ten years in MOD, as Joint Secretary /DG (Acquisitions)/ Addl Secretary and  Defence Secretary is questionable. These questions are  doing the rounds in the corridors of power. Strangely, there is, presently, no mechanism in place to finalise the selection of C&AG or such Constitutional appointees with due diligence and after taking into account the totality of circumstances so as to guard against possible misuse of unfettered discretionary powers by the ruling dispensation. Is this called Good Governance; the Congress-led UPA-II is taking credit for? Could the new C&AG recuse himself from handling such cases due to “conflict of interest”?

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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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