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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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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Frequency of Chinese incursions betrays India's weak response mechanism to save India's territorial integrity.We are assured every time by Antony the weakest ever defence minister that every thing is hunky dory at the border. This is simply disgraceful.We are ashamed of all this.Is this a prelude to a forthcoming war with China? Have we learnt lessons from the mistakes leading to 1962 Sino-Indian war? Retaliation, not the flag meetings ,is the need of the hour.Our Armed forces must be feeling demoralised and demotivated due to lack of political leadership in the country. Could the Congress headed by Sonia Gandhi be called nationalist by any standard ?Let Sonia Gandhi prove her loyalty to the country.Is she really feeling let down by China,one wonders?The PM and his so-called National Security Advisor seem helpless. The public is feeling cheated and insulted due to India’s inaction.

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Frequency of Chinese incursions betrays India's weak response mechanism to save India's territorial integrity.We are assured every time by Antony the weakest ever defence minister that every thing is hunky dory at the border. This is simply disgraceful.We are ashamed of all this.Is this a prelude to a forthcoming war with China? Have we learnt lessons from the mistakes leading to 1962 Sino-Indian war? Retaliation, not the flag meetings ,is the need of the hour.Our Armed forces must be feeling demoralised and demotivated due to lack of political leadership in the country. Could the Congress headed by Sonia Gandhi be called nationalist by any standard ?Let Sonia Gandhi prove her loyalty to the country.Is she really feeling let down by China,one wonders?The PM and his so-called National Security Advisor seem helpless. The public is feeling cheated and insulted due to India’s inaction.

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I was shocked to see two contrasting news items on TV portraying ground realities of mid-day scheme in Bihar and Gujarat.First Bihar. The scheme is implemented there without supervision. Food is cooked under the most unheigenic conditions near the toilets and cow sheds with no seating arrangements for the poor children who looked emaciated and malnourished. Did the DM and Commissioner ever conducted surprise checks? Bihar’s administrators and the political class must hang their heads in shame.They must explain ,how public funds are being siphoned off. On the contrary, Gujarat government is funding a Karnataka-based NGO in procuring State-of-the- art equipment for cooking meals and serve them to students,across the board.The children in Gujarat looked contented.

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The CBI,while opposing Centre’s Accounability Panel”, has in its affidavit filed in Supreme court on July 16, has sought a three years term for its Director with enhanced status of Secretary to GOI. One woners whether the suggestions would succeed in insulating the head of premier investive agency from extraneous influences?These demands are of tertiary importance. Instead, it will be meaningful to locate an officer, who could withstand political pressures. Hon’ble Supreme court’s frequent indictments of the agency, is a wake up call. Considering the moral degeneration of the political class, personality takes precedence over Status. The likes of former Directors of CBI : D P Kohli ( 1963-68), F V Arul (1968-71) and D Sen (1971-77) –all from Indian Police (IP), have become extinct species. The political Executive could never approach them for favours. M G Pimputkar ICS could send shivers down the spines of the political and bureaucratical class One hopes the law makers take a holistic view , while debating the draft Bill on CBI’s autonomy in Parliament.

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The CBI in an affidavit to Supreme court on July 16, has sought a three year term for its head with a raise in his status to that of Secretary. This has sent shock waves across all civil services. Will this,one wonders, insulate the head of premier investive agency from extraneous influences? Is this not an exercise in self-promotion and self-perpetuation.For appointing the head of CBI, it would be meaningful to look for someone who is not pliable and could stand his ground before the political Executive. No purpose will be served by enhancing the tenure from 2 to 3 years and raising the status to that of Secretary. Worse, the suggestions will have far reaching repercussions on the posts of Director (IB), Director RAW, CVC etc. This will open a pandora's box of similar demands from other quarters that the government will find difficult to resist.These are absurd propositions to perpetuate oneself. One hopes the law makers will take the entire scenario into consideration while discussing the draft Bill on CBI’s autonomy in the Parliament.

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Used to taking orders from its political masters ,the CBI does not seem interested in getting total autonomy in investigating corruption cases. The infamous ‘single directive’ rule contained in the CVC Act 2003 remains undisturbed,courtesy the political executive. This draconian rule is being misused by the politians in power, as a tool to protect favourite civil servants who have acceded to irregular executive demands.This single factor is at the root of all corruption scams in the country.

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One wonders whether the cabinet’s decisions would succeed in insulating CBI from political interferences. These need to be re-visited due to following reasons : (i) PM’s inclusion in the collegium for selecting Director, CBI, would be meaningless,he being a “caged parrot” himself.Similarly, LoP (LS) is a politician. Why have politicians in the collegium ? The ruling dispensation as well as the party represented by LOP (LS) would prefer a “pliant” officer as Director CBI. In this regard, the observation of Justice P Sathasivam,CJI-designate (TOI dt July 1,2013)is timely. He is opposed to re-employing retired judges to head inquiry panels. Thus, in order to thwart political interference in appointing Director ,CBI ,having a panel of two serving judges of SC headed by CJI ,would be a better option. For the same reasons, getting CBI’s investigations overseen by the “oversight panel” of three serving (instead of the proposed retired) judges would be more appropriate.(ii)Also, the existing practice of giving post-retirement assignments to former Directors of CBI as Members of UPSC, NHRC, Inquiry commissions, Governors etc , must be given a good- bye . This gives the ruling government draconian powers to manipulate the retiring CBI Directors by holding out hopes of future rewards of coveted assignments, provided they fall in line. (iii)Law officers must be appointed with great care after consulting the bar and verifying their credentials.Some Law Officers, appointed by the Congress-led UPA, seriously compromised the dignity of their offices. They are liable to be politically managed.The clash between the Attorney General and a former ASG (since resigned) in 2G scam, became a free-for-all.(iv) Since the MHA will continue to remain the Cadre controlling authothority for all IPS officers in CBI, their maneuvering by politicians and bureaucrats,could not be ruled out. s Unless the above issues are first addressed through debates in Parliament,the cabinet decisions will remain a ruse to fool the gullible public. The situation will be far worse than present with the “cadged parrot”, instead of getting independence,will have its wings clipped.No jumping out of frying pan into fire !

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According to the NSSO 68th Round of survey , poorest of the poor in India survive on barely Rs.17 per day in villages and Rs.23 a day in cities.

Two years ago, the Planning Commission drew flak for setting the poverty line at Rs.26 per capita per day in rural areas and Rs.32 per capita per day in urban areas.

Seems to be true. Members of Parliament survive on a THALI in Parliament House costing Rs 10.The UPA-II ensures food security for MPs

Who cares for declining GDP and galloping inflation and record-breaking corruption ?Every thing is hunky dory.

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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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