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Dal Roti Out Of Stock, Besharam Sarkar

Posted by egovindia on August 6, 2006

Dal Roti Out Of Stock, Besharam Sarkar

 

Friends,

It’s a national shame that we are importing Dal since 1981 and have yet thought of addressing this problem. India is importing 4-5 MT of vegetable Oil annually for about 15 years.

 

But even more worrying is that even stocks have exhausted and we may be importing over 3 MT of wheat at nearly double the price paid to farmers. Rice stocks too are inadequate.

But besharam sarkar is too busy doling out concessions to Ambanis and thugs.  

 

Government has no pride and caliber to run the country.

 

70% people engaged in agriculture couldn’t produce enough food for our own consumption. Per capita consumption in India is far below world average.

 

We export very high percentage of Seafood, banned “Beef Consumption” when we have largest cattle population in the world. So India’s protein in take is the lowest in the world.

 

Moong, Tur and Urad cost Rs.60/- plus per kg.

 

Belonging to commission agent’s family, Manmohan is delighted, more shortage means more loot.

 

I can assure people of India, Punjab can meet entire shortfall in Pulses production. But need an assurance that Government Of India may give procurement guarantee of Rs. 40/- per kg.

 

It is the commission agents in league with GOI that are responsible for all “Hunger & Poverty” in India.

 

Ravinder Singh

 

Oh Dear Lentil

An image makeover for our very own dal. It’s imported.

PAROMITA SHASTRI

 

http://www.outlookindia.com/full.asp?fodname=20060515&fname=Pulses+%28F%29&sid=1

 

Dal-chawal, varan-bhath, sambar-sadam, bisi bele huli anna, dal-bhat. Call it by any name you want, but a ladleful of golden smoking dal over a plate of cooked rice remains every Indian’s comfort food even in an era of Mcburgers and pizzas.

 

An editor-columnist once devoted nearly 1,000 words explaining how not a single Indian restaurant could make dal the way it was made at home. But unfortunately, despite being the world’s largest producer (with a 25 per cent share) and single-nation consumer of pulses, India has allowed the humble lentil to go out of reach of the common man. Even at the local grocer, prices of yellow moong, urad or tur have crossed Rs 60 a kg, from around Rs 40 a year ago, yet nobody’s bothered.

 

In fact, slowly, yet steadily, despite the rbi’s declared efforts to keep inflation under control, the average man’s food basket has become costlier in the past 12 months, and the main culprits have been pulses and wheat. On the wholesale price index (WPI measures point-to-point inflation), the cereals’ index went up from 180 at the beginning of April 2005 to 192 in February 2006, before dipping down as the government decided to import wheat to beat down the prices.

 

But traders are free to import pulses, which has been on the open import list since 1981. Strangely, the reason why it was put on OGL (open general list) with a small import duty in 1981—when it was the only food item afforded such open access to the Indian market—was the importance of pulses in the Indian diet. It was, and still is the only cheap and easily available source of protein for poor people.

Then what explains the over 38 per cent rise in its index from 169.6 on April 9, ’05, to 234.4 now?

There are many reasons, not the least of which is government apathy. The output of pulses has stagnated at 12-13 million tonnes for many years, with no clear long-term trend against a total demand of over 17 million tonnes, but imports have rarely gone beyond 2 million tonnes. Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra, between themselves, grow close to half of the total output. In 2004-05, output did fall short of target by 2 million tonnes, requiring imports worth Rs 2,261 crore. In 2005-06, the second advance estimate of the crop production by the ministry of agriculture puts it at 14.4 million tonnes, higher by 8 million tonnes. Why then the price spiral?

 

One reason is that several experts doubt the government production figures. Agriwatch, a leading Delhi-based independent commodity research company, explains that “production of kharif pulses in agricultural year 2005-06 has declined substantially due to adverse weather situations during critical crop stages. Moong crop was largely affected in Rajasthan while urad was affected due to weather turbulence in Andhra, Maharashtra and Karnataka.” According to Ramesh Chand, acting director, National Centre for Agricultural Economics and Policy Research (NCAP), Pusa, the main reason for the runaway price rise is the steady decline in its per head availability, to less than 10 kg a year now. Average yield per hectare is below 600 kg, compared to the global standard of 852 kg.

 

Several other factors have combined to make pulses a rich man’s food. Pulses are a dryland crop and hardly benefited from the Green Revolution. Whereas wheat yields went up by 3.5 times, pulses went up only by 50 per cent or so. In many areas like Punjab, the excess reliance of state policy on rice and wheat was achieved at the cost of neglecting coarse grains and pulses. Of late, the crop has also been plagued by pest problems.

The demand-supply mismatch was never met by imports which were always small and now even costly, since global prices have also firmed up. This year, the price volatility has discouraged importers.

 

Weather troubles in exporting nations in Africa and Australia affected supply. Australia, which grows chickpea mainly for export to India, managed to produce 1 lakh tonnes but sent only one cargo of 22,000 tonnes. The poultry industry was hit by bird flu, leading to a shortage of chicken in the market and a rise in meat prices. So, as a substitution effect, the demand for pulses went up further in the last few months and was probably the last straw on the back of consumers. Reports of a short crop have already encouraged hoarding by commodity traders. Big grain companies were also believed to be involved in stocking activities. Says Gaurav Vats, research head with Agriwatch: “The market trend in pulses has been very bullish for some time now and is likely to stay that way.”

In such an event, futures trading can actually add to the feeling of scarcity, says Ramesh Chand. Liquidity is high in the futures market, which attracts a new class of investors who have not much acquaintance with the fundamentals, feels Agriwatch. Excess focus on short supply only pushed prices to more unrealistic levels in pulses, which translated into higher retail prices.

A similar situation may be developing in wheat. The latest production estimate of 73 million tonnes is high but not enough because carryover stocks are at an all-time low. Coupled with low procurement, this can lead to a supply crunch of 4-5 million tonnes for the PDS. In recent years, farmers have also been reluctant to sell to government agencies because of better prices offered by private sector buyers. The government has already imported 0.5 million tonnes from Australia and overall wheat imports may touch 3.5 million tonnes this year to meet the seasonal shortfall, agriculture minister Sharad Pawar says. Even private-sector millers and wheat product- makers may be allowed to import under OGL at reduced import duty, he adds. With the monsoon forecast to be “normal” (or 93 per cent of the long-period average) this year too, the coming year might see the government firefighting on all fronts to control inflation.

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Narmada Is Waste Of Rs.2,00,000 Crores Issue.

Posted by egovindia on August 6, 2006

Narmada Is Waste Of Rs.2,00,000 Crores Issue.

Friends,

Over 30 large dams are proposed on Narmada in Madhya Pradesh and World’s largest canal irrigation system is being developed at a cost of well over Rs. 200,000 crores. Ken Betwa link is proposed to cost another Rs.20,000 crores.

 

But water can be easily utilized by MP by diverting it in to Ken, Betwa, Sone, Chambal and Tapi upper basins at nominal cost. Accounting for seepage and evaporation losses also very little water will be left for Gujarat.

 

I can very well understand the “Hurt Feeling” of the gentleman from Rann of Kutch where people drink milk of Camels and Donkeys as the area has large salt pans and local people harvest salt from the water extracted from subsoil. Cows and buffalos can’t survive there.

 

The soil is unfit for any cultivation. But miraculously Wild Ass or Big Donkeys thrive in the Runn Of Kutch.

 

Why people of India support draining of Narmada waters in salt bearing Runn Of Kutch and that may cost well over Rs. 1,00,000 crores to Gujarat alone?

 

So it’s a total waste of people’s money.

 

This Kutchi gentlemen talk’s of Bhakra, most of its water is used in Punjab and Haryana, which are fertile plains most productive for agriculture.

 

The idea of irrigating Kutch is like “Catching Moon” like story. Firstly water will not reach there and secondly not produce any grain crop.

 

Since 1961 both MP and Gujarat have used very little water of Narmada. But huge dams continue to built wastefully draining out the resources of 10 crores people.

 

The day some Capable Chief Minister takes charge of MP, it will make full use of its water to serve over 3,00,000 sq.mt of land area and 60 million people.

 

Ravinder Singh

 

From: "M. B. Chudasama" <humpanch@gmail.com>----

 

Dear Friends,

It is undisputed truth dams are proved very useful important role in contributing economic development in the area and so is nation. Bhakara Nangal and Nagarjun Sagar is the best example for its usefulness. 'Water ways irrigation and Navigation commission' during British rule in 1946 conceived plan for dam on Narmada at suitable location. Plan was continued to work out paper work after

independence and was primarily worked out with less than 200 crores with  Jawahar lal Neheru put the foundation stone in 1961.  Series of incidence . . . Separation of Maharashtra and Gujarat State and as usual deputes between effected states  Gujarat, Maharashtra, MP and Rajshthan , . . .  formation of Narmada water dispute tribunal in 1969. . . . . Central government policy, involvement of world bank, leg pulling between states and central government etc played its role in disturbing it. Even after spending so far more than 21,000 crores in 46 years nothing concrete has come out in so many years. If we go

in root cause of all such things we can understand how far selfish, crook and dirty political game some people play even does not hesitate to sale their 'mother' ( river in India is treated like mother ) for own selfish motives. It is question mark against their patriotism. It will not hesitate you to believe particular group of

people weather working for national interest or for anti nationalist lobby. The current water resources minister in NDA government, supporting Megha and opposing Modi, Prof.  SAIFUDDIN SOJH is even question mark person, . .  Rajya sabha member from Jammu Kashmir from congress party is just enjoying ministerial berth not for his efficiency or capability but only as 'prize' from congress for toppling 12 th parliament of Vajpayee government at 13th month by his only vote going against whip of his own National conference party of Faruq Abdulla. Opportunist man after betraying own party and toppling government must have recovered big price for it. Him selfeconomics professor going against principles of economics for creating more disturbance to particular state and harming national interest just to play dirty party politics game. This River Singh may not be aware that Narmada dam was assured to be built with 400 crores by Bhaikaka in 1964 ( Indubhai patel, chief Engineer and key person behind building Bhakara Nangal dam ) but crooked politician did not consider his proposal. There is nothing hidden how that this anti nationalist activists are licking sht* of

world bank official and some anti nationalist lobby for getting few bucks for own. Megha has totally different agenda and no way have any interest for rehabilitation of poor tribal community of Madhya Pradesh. She is already unpopular among some group there. This River Singh I was thinking him some 'expert' but he too turn out  'hollow' with same pseudo secularist mentality favoring anti nationalist lobby by misusing their so called expertise knowledge. I am tired and sick from all such people . . . .  some so called 'whistle blower' running his yahoo group as private limited company as TOP SECRET for serving

BharatmAAta . . .   as if trying to chase 'race' with double speed  . .  or struggling to get 'trademark' right for some 'name' . . .   trying desperate to sale 'death' commodity . . . giving 're-death' to own family member to match the race . . .   all

are having equal tune and nothing more than that . . . . . negativist and criticizer . . . . crying out of every thing . . .  have no pride or respect for country which has already emerged world's forth largest economy ( gross GDP) . . .and steadily progressing to go economic super power . . .   I don't want to waste my energy and time among such negativist  . . self appointed authority . . .I am unsubscribing from all those groups  . . . .  to rest their soul in piece   (living dead) . . .    let them continue washing their dirty linen in public . .  river . .  Rajat Sharma is not free to read or listen 'dogs' barking at some remote nooks and corners of such wide nation  . . . . bye

 

Hazaar aaye... hazaar gaye...

    Hum wahi ke wahi reh gaye....

    Naa mita sake hamara hosla...

    Naa hila sake hamari bulandiyan...

    Hum hamari takdir khud hi likhte gaye....

   

bahar se  . . Osama or musharraf....

Ya Andar se . koi Singh ya billi.

 India is here to stay forever

 

India is standing on strong foundation of Satyamev Jayate . . .and

not on crying foundation of kutta billi . . 

 

 

jai Hind . . .Mahendrasinh Chudasama

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World Bank Statement To Root Out Corruption

Posted by egovindia on August 6, 2006

World Bank Statement To Root Out Corruption

 

Dear Paul Wolfowitz,

 

I am glad to read about the World Bank�s resolve to root out corruption in internationally funded projects.

 

On the basis of 30 years experience as an inventor familiar to most of the sectors funded by WB I submit that; –

 

1. Most of the projects funded by WB or other foreign agencies are largely �Politically Motivated�, public interest and viability is of least priority.

 

2. Invariably such projects don�t pay even for their maintenance.

 

Remedy is to; –

 

A. �Fund Best Innovative & Most Viable Projects� every year proposed by consultants.

 

B. Most viable projects will have least pay back period. Normally WB provide loans for 20-40 years to most government projects, henceforth WB shall get back the money in 2-5 years. This will boost economic development and eradicate poverty. And soon WB funding shall multiply to accelerate economic development of developing countries.

 

C. Obviously corruption is eliminated in �Selection Most Viable Projects�.

 

I have scores of Innovative Projects for WB to promote.

 

Ravinder Singh

http://siteresources.worldbank.org/INTDOII/Resources/

SwedishStatementByMaartendeJongJune222005.doc

Statement by Maarten de Jong

Director, World Bank Department of Institutional Integrity

Visit to Sweden, June 22, 2005

 

I am here today to discuss the results of the first five years of the World Bank�s Department of Institutional Integrity, the group charged with investigating allegations of fraud, corruption and staff misconduct related to projects we finance as well as our own organization.  We have come to Sweden to discuss the results published in the Bank�s Annual Integrity Report for Fiscal 2004, as well as some issues of common interest.   And I would like to share with you six goals for our joint work over the next decade.

 

I want to talk today about poverty reduction just as much as about what we are learning and doing about fraud and corruption related to patterns of development lending and operations. You can�t do one without the other. 

 

We look at a lot of opinion surveys done by the World Bank and by many others. Citizens in developing countries are telling us that corruption is one of the biggest issues facing their countries, that they want it to be curbed, and that it is one of the biggest obstacles to reducing poverty and getting results for development.  We know they are specifically concerned about corruption attached to overseas development assistance, and this is troubling because the reputation of aid is important feedback about its effectiveness on the ground.  Corruption is one of the biggest obstacles to achieving the Millennium Development Goals too, as everyone from the Commission on Africa to the Millennium Challenge Account to the work of the World Bank�s Governance team has pointed out. 

 

All of us in development work must all do better in confronting the reality of corruption that infects public procurement generally in many, but not all, developing countries and sometimes our own projects. 

 

Since 1996, the World Bank has done more that any other multilateral development bank to increase its capacity to investigate and sanction fraud and corruption in development projects it finances. In the five years that I have been director, the Department of Institutional Integrity has assembled a first class, international team of over 50 staff with a 10 million dollar budget, more than any other international organization. We have investigators, forensic accountants, former prosecutors and attorneys from all over the world, working on more than 321 open cases a year now in approximately 70 countries, 76 of them external cases.  The World Bank has sanctioned over 310 firms and individuals for fraud and corruption related to projects it has financed, and it has done this openly.  The Bank also taken action against some Bank staff and consultants when the evidence warranted it, though the proportion of staff cases is small compared to the 10,000 staff working in the Bank. 

 

We have seen progress in anticorruption work in the past 10 years, but it is certainly not sufficient.  The capacity has been increased, so has the know-how and in many cases, the political will.  Most importantly, the problem is out in the open.  There is an international movement supported by increasing data and analysis, and a widespread, active civil society movement.  We must support these people, many of whom have risked their lives to bring this issue into public view.

 

But the next decade will be critical in making real progress in reducing corruption and improving results. The development community must stay the course and be extremely focused and demanding of itself in order to achieve this.  We must fight cynicism and denial — and we must have high expectations.

There are two ways to meet the Millennium Development Goals in 2015.  One is obviously to increase the amount and quality of overseas development assistance, as the international community is working so hard to do at this moment.  The other way to meet the MDGs, of course, is to measurably decrease the amount of funds lost to fraud, corruption and abuse. This will also increase the quality and the results of development efforts.

 

That is why the work of an investigative unit such as ours is part of the core mission of the World Bank.  Our goal also is to reduce poverty and increase results by making development more effective.  To increase the funds available for real results, we must decrease grand corruption in the poorest countries, and in the middle income countries. 

 

Let us be clear. Corruption in a project sets in motion a chain of events that can be very destructive to a development project.  The money to pay a bribe must come from some part of the project. As a result, prices may be raised and/or quality lowered.  Less qualified bidders win by bid rigging. Qualified bidders become discouraged and stop bidding.  In addition, citizen awareness of unchallenged corruption undermines trust in government and public institutions. This leads to acquiescence to poor quality and performance in public services and infrastructure. It leads to reluctance to report fraud and corruption. All these effects must be taken into account when we assess the true impact of corruption on publicly financed projects.

 

 That�s why anticorruption is not just about the money that is stolen.  It�s about quality. It�s about quality projects that produce results in health, education, infrastructure and other vital areas. You don�t get quality without having quality companies working on those projects.  If quality companies � local companies as well as international companies — won�t bid on developing country projects because of corruption makes projects simply unprofitable and because of the very real increasing legal and reputational risks to them, then results suffer. We know that European companies are concerned about these issues, and many feel caught.  Many want to be part of changing the business environment, and indeed are contributing.  Many are working with us, and we welcome that.

 

The work of the investigative unit is not just about sanctions � it is about knowledge and creating change.  The specific patterns of corruption being documented by our investigative unit and by others in public procurement including in donor projects will provide guidance to everyone, the developing countries as well as donors, in how to protect government funds better in future.  That is the purpose of our annual report and the other kinds of communications we are doing very actively now. Strategic communications is a vital tool for proactive deterrence and prevention. The learning that we are doing through World Bank investigations and sanctions into what we call the anatomy of transnational corruption � how white collar crime works in these kinds of projects � is one of our major contributions to future deterrence and prevention.  The World Bank will be working hard with member countries to incorporate this knowledge into their programs and to improve everyone�s systems for financial accountability in future years.  This is critical because disengagement is not an option for the World Bank.  Some the poorest people in the world live in countries where corruption is a real issue.  We must find ways to help them while using our knowledge of how corruption and fraud work to ensure against corruption.

 

From our point of view, what needs to change if the international community is serious about reducing corruption and meeting the Millennium Development Goals in 2015?  Here are six absolutely key goals where we must work together:

 

1.      We need more successful enforcement, with consequences, of white collar crime corruption laws or rules, both locally and internationally and by international agencies such as the World Bank.

 

2. We need to move to better, more integrated compliance systems, where we ask companies and borrowing countries to make sure they have in place clear systems for ensuring high standards and for self-reporting when standards fail.

 

3. We need to improve the ethical environment inside all our organizations, including our ability to talk frankly about corruption when we see it happening internally or in projects we finance. 

 

4. We need to reduce grand corruption through international cooperation and improved governance.

 

5. We will inevitably need to move over time to common systems and standards, including probably common definitions of fraud and corruption, first among international agencies and secondly with other donors such as the bilateral agencies.

 

6. Finally, we need to move to proactive programs to combat fraud and corruption, in addition to reactive investigations.  We need carrots as well as sticks.

 

On this last point, the Bank has been using a Detailed Implementation Review (forensic audit) of high risk sectors for three years now.  For over a year, we have been piloting a proposal for a Voluntary Disclosure Program for contractors to provide detailed information about involvement in fraud and corruption in return for more lenient sanctions. It will not be an amnesty or immunity program but it will provide confidentiality and a �safe space� for companies to cooperate with us. We have already seen from a pilot effort that this will be a quantum leap forward in our ability to analyze and quantify the kinds of corrupt activity, and to identify weaknesses in borrowing country systems as well as opportunities to reduce corruption through joint action and fix our own systems. 

 

In short, we must move from detection and treatment of the severely ill to prevention and creation of healthy systems.  That is the true goal of our work in Institutional Integrity, and the one that will endure.

 

In conclusion, some perspective.  I have been working in this area for nearly 40 years. My training is as a Dutch criminologist.  I can tell you that corruption is never going to go away but it can, like all criminal activity, be reduced and contained and stigmatized if the proper steps are taken.  Countries can and do reduce their crime levels, and they can and have reduced their levels of corruption.  Not all countries have the same level of problems.  One of the most encouraging things we can say is that our work supports the research done by our colleagues in the World Bank Institute that in some countries the incidence and pervasiveness of corruption is much lower.  Countries can change.  We should remember that.

 

For some of the poorest people of the world right now, reducing fraud and corruption is vital to ensuring that they can improve their lives.  We cannot avoid the fact that development projects can, despite the best of intentions and procedures, get caught up in these corrupt patterns.

 

For generous donors such as Sweden, taking corruption seriously is an unavoidable part of meeting the MDGs.  For the World Bank, it is now a part of our core mission of poverty reduction.  For our investigative unit, it is what we do every day, not theoretically but practically, one case at a time. We hope our annual integrity report will begin to give some insight to what we are finding, and that you will understand that the World Bank is addressing these problems concretely, proactively and with impact.

 

Thank you.

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Government Waking Up To Corruption In Judiciary

Posted by egovindia on August 6, 2006

R Singh <corruptionfree04@yahoo.com> wrote:

Government Waking Up To Corruption In Judiciary

 

Government is slowly waking up to corruption and mismanagement in administration of justice.

 

But the process is painfully slow primarily because Dr. Manmohan Singh doesn�t want to annoy the Supreme Court and judiciary on its own finds little wrong in its functioning and mainly want more perks, more courts and computerization etc.

 

Corruption and incompetence is widespread in judiciary like any other organ of the government but in other organs there is some accountability and check, judiciary is least accountable.

 

Ravinder Singh

 

http://www.outlookindia.com/pti_news.asp?id=369605

PM calls for restraint in judicial activism

NEW DELHI, MAR 11 (PTI)

In significant remarks, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said judicial activism must be used in a restrained manner and take into account “administrative viability” while asking the higher judiciary to address “instances of corruption” in judicial system.

 

“I feel that judicial activism must be used in a restrained manner to fill up any institutional vacuum or failure and to clarify legal positions, retaining its character as a powerful but sparingly used instrument for correction.

 

“Judicial activism must also take adequately into account the administrative viability of the reform process,” Singh said in his inaugural address to the Conference of Chief Ministers and Chief Justices of High Courts here.

Describing Public Interest Litigations (PILs) as a highly commendable mechanism when it was initiated, he said “we need to reflect whether we have reached a stage where the pendulum has swung to the other extreme, whether it has become a tool for obstruction, delay and sometimes, harassment.

 

“A balanced approach in taking up PILs cases will continue to keep PILs as a potent tool for rectifying public ills.” An important aspect of the reform and modernisation of the judiciary and improving the incentive mechanism, the Prime Minister said, was to tackle corruption in judiciary.

 

“Instances of corruption have now begun to surface in our judicial system too. The higher judiciary must address this challenge and show the way forward to the rest of the system,” he said.

The Prime Minister said “apart from delay in settlement of cases, lengthy court procedures, frequent adjournments, evidence taking procedures, corruption in judiciary is also a problem of public concern we must address.” The Government, he said, was “actively considering” various suggestions for improving the working of the judiciary including the setting up of an All India Judicial Service as “a formal mechanism to provide a mode of self-scrutiny of the conduct of judges and for ensuring independence of the judiciary.” He suggested that these matters be examined in the light of the difficulties faced by the common litigant and reforms initiated in the judicial and legal process in keeping with the basic principles enunciated in our Constitution.

 

Hailing judiciary “as custodians of the fundamental rights and freedoms of our citizens”, Singh said it has an enormous duty and responsibility towards all litigants.

 

“We must, therefore, have an effective mechanism to ensure judicial accountability while at the same time maintaining the independence of the judiciary,” he said, adding the nation expected it to deal with the infirmities and inadequacies that remain.

“The judiciary must remain in step with changing times even as it remains committed to its basic values and purposes,” he said.

 

Deviating from his prepared text, the Prime Minister termed as “unacceptable” the huge pendency of 30 lakh cases in High Courts and over 2.5 crore cases in subordinate courts.

 

He said the Government was considering a proposal to increase retirement age of High Court Judges and was engaged in preparing a Gram Nyayalayas Bill to provide grassroot level justice.

Maintaining that the UPA Government was committed to judicial reforms, the Prime Minister said it would extend all possible assistance in this regard. “The Government is in the process of drawing up an action plan for a holistic approach to judicial reforms,” he said.

 

There was a need to improve the service conditions of judges to attract better talent, he said, adding the Government has already implemented many of the recommendations of the National Judicial Pay Commission.

 

“The Judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts are now entitled to more liberalised perquisites and allowances. There are several incentives for meritorious, talented and eminent advocates to be appointed as Supreme Court Judges,” he said.

 

Singh said “t he Government is presently considering a proposal to increase the age of retirement of High Court Judges” and the issue of post retirement benefits of Judges was also under its active consideration.

 

He appealed to the Chief Ministers to process proposals for filling up the large number of vacancies in the lower courts “as expediciously as possible when they receive them from the Chief Justices of their respective High Courts.” He said the Government would like to work closely with the Chief Justice of India and his Collegium for speedily filling up the vacancies in Higher Judiciary.

 

The Prime Minister said “I have great faith that Justice Sabharwal (CJI) and his learned senior colleagues will lead and guide the judiciary to achieve the formidable goal of reducing pendency and providing speedier and more affordable justice to the common man.” He assured consistent support financial for Fast Track Courts, National Legal Literacy Mission and computerisation of courts.

 

CJs deliberate on issues confronting Judiciary

NEW DELHI, MAR 9 (PTI)

Chief Justice of India Y K Sabharwal and Chief Justices of all the High Courts today began their deliberations here on the issues confronting the judiciary including reforms in the criminal justice system, corruption in lower judiciary and pendency of cases.

 

The two-day Chief Justices’ Conference, not open to the media, assumes significance in the wake of recent controversy over the acquittal of all the accused in the Jessica Lall murder case and the apex court seeking legislative measures to check the growing trend of witnesses turning hostile.

 

The conference will evaluate the progress made in the implementation of the resolutions passed in the previous such conference held in September, 2004 and consider establishing a permanent mechanism for implementing resolutions of the Chief Justices’ Conferences and the Joint Conference of Chief Ministers and Chief Justices, sources said.

 

It will also discuss the steps required to be taken by the High Courts and the Governments pursuant to the December 23, 2005 letter written by the CJI to the Chief Justices of High Courts to ensure speedy disposal of cases and improve the working of the judiciary.

 

Gearing up the working of the vigilance cells in the High Courts to dispel people’s perception of corruption in the subordinate judiciary and court staff was also on the agenda.

 

Increase in the strength of Judges of the High Courts and subordinate courts and review of steps taken for reduction, elimination of arrears of cases in the High Courts and Subordinate courts will also be deliberated upon.

The resolutions passed by the Chief Justices could be made available to the media after the conclusion of the conference tomorrow.

The Chief Justices will evaluate the performance of fast track courts and setting up of such courts in each State and Union Territories and examine the feasibility of civil cases also being dealt with by fast track courts. Augumentation of infrastructure of Subordinate Courts and modernisation of courts and computerisation of justice delivery system would also be discussed.

 

Meanwhile, Supreme Court Bar Association organised a ‘High Tea’ for the Chief Justices attending the conference.

 

Supreme Court Registrar General V K Jain had earlier said it will assess the progress on alternative dispute resolution system and strengthening of Lok Adalat System and legal literacy programmes.

Asked if it will discuss contentious issues like setting up of National Judicial Commission, Jain had said any subject could be taken up with the permission of the chair.

 

Financial autonomy to the High Courts, training of judicial officials and court staff and facility of research assistants and law clerks will also come up for discussion during the conference which would conclude tomorrow.

 

The other issues on the agenda were establishment of E-courts and video-conferencing facilities, strengthening legal aid system, improvements in administration of civil justice system and entrusting selection of Subordinate Judicial Officers to High Courts wherever required.

 

 

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SC grants bail to 70-yr-old languishing in UP jail for 38 yrs

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Escalating tension between Ambani Brothers

Posted by egovindia on August 5, 2006

Sucheta Dalal

 

Escalating tension

Sucheta Dalal

Posted online: Sunday, August 06, 2006 at 0000 hrs

http://www.indianexpress.com/sunday/story/10021.html

The war between the Ambani brothers has turned extremely ugly—the Anil Ambani Group’s decision to cut off broadband connectivity (we won’t get into justifications and charges on both sides) to Mukesh’s companies nearly crippled the business empire a couple of weeks ago and it is still struggled to stay afloat and reset links through other broadband service providers. Almost in retaliation, the Petroleum Ministry rejected the oil price agreement between the Ambani brothers. Everybody knows that Petroleum Minister Murli Deora was a close buddy of the late Dhirubhai Ambani, so his sudden rejection of the Ambani oil deal set tongues wagging over the timing and motivation of the decision. We now learn that Mukesh Ambani has set up a special internal team to deal with and respond to all issues/attacks by his younger sibling. Reliance had a similar core team handling issues only during its bitter war with Nusli Wadia of Bombay Dyeing and The Indian Express. It is a sad irony that two decades later, Reliance has to adopt similar strategies to fight an Ambani vs Ambani war—an indicator that things have moved far beyond blocking each others employees from using canteen, parking and ATM facilities or using the campus temple. Reliance watchers believe that we will now witness a series of encounters in the capital market and in bidding for big ticket infrastructure projects.

Backward, forward

Is India moving forward towards growth, prosperity and economic liberalisation or backwards into bans, restrictions and narrow parochialism? Different state governments and ministries have flexed their muscle to ban dance bars, liquor advertisements, people dancing in pubs and discotheques (Bangalore), depiction of smoking in movies, selling paan masala, simply watching certain movies or reading certain books. All this is indeed meant to protect us, but also worrisome because politicians are increasingly taking away our power to choose and decide what is right for us by imposing frequent ban orders. At least the Rajasthan government’s ban on selling aerated water at schools, colleges and education institutions protects a more vulnerable or impressionable group, but if the Union government had introduced stringent quality standards and stiff penalties on cola companies when the NGO first discovered high pesticide content in colas there would have been no need for another round of protests in three years. As if other bans were not enough, the Finance Ministry has exerted its muscle as majority shareholder to bar banks from raising interest rates without consulting their board of directors.

Contrary claims

Since the Finance Ministry is more sophisticated, it dismisses charges of coercion and says that it only exercised rights as a majority shareholder and asked banks to consult its board of directors and that its directive was issued before State Bank of India (SBI), its associates and other public sector banks hiked their rates. That is indeed strange. Most times, even a phone call from the Ministry would have stopped banks from raising rates, but this time we are told that they dared to ignore a circular from the Finance Minister and let a committee decide the rate hikes. A bigger inconsistency is the Finance Minister’s claim on majority shareholding. The government does not own a single share in SBI, it is the Reserve Bank that holds 67% of SBI’s equity; so what was the justification for issuing SBI a directive? Will we soon see interference in RBI’s autonomous functioning as well? Interestingly, ICICI was the only big Indian bank that did not hike interest rates and is looking very savvy today. CEO K.V. Kamath, taking a cue from the 10-year bond rates preferred to ‘‘wait and watch where interest rates are headed’’, rather than hike rates in a hurry and harass borrowers.

Economics lessons

An interesting aside to the interest rate roll-back is the emergence of Congress MP Sanjay Nirupam as an advocate for middle class borrowers. Last weekend, Nirupam was busy studying the reason for interest rate hikes and the difference between fixed and floating rates. It was pointed out to him that government could not dictate interest rates after India opened its economy to global fund flows; also that borrowers who opted for floating rates by their very nomenclature were aware that they could float up or down as they had in the past. Nirupam still went ahead and demanded a cap on the interest rate and even alleged that investors were unaware that interest rates could fluctuate. One speculated about the reason for Nirupam’s sudden activism on behalf of borrowers and expected him to be educated by his Party; instead the Finance Ministry stunned everybody with a controversial directive to banks to reconsider their rate hike. Simple arithmetic shows that the rise in Equated Monthly Instalments (EMIs) for the bulk of middle-class borrowers is hardly more than the cost of a pizza and not unexpected either. However, over-leveraged builders and industrialists who have been speculating in realty with borrowed funds are badly hurt by the hike.

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CPM guns for Reliance

Posted by egovindia on August 5, 2006

CPM guns for Reliance

PRESS TRUST OF INDIA

http://www.financialexpress.com/latest_full_story.php?content_id=136358

Posted online: Saturday, August 05, 2006 at 1613 hours IST

AHMEDABAD, AUGUST 5: Claiming that Reliance was one of the biggest
beneficiaries in the Iraqi oil for food programme, CPI(M) demanded
that government institute a probe into the issue.

“It (Reliance) has got the maximum number of oil vouchers. It has paid
the maximum surcharge. But no investigation has been carried out
against it. I fail to understand why,” CPI(M) general secretary
Prakash Karat told reporters here.

He said that Reliance was one of the four parties named by the
UN-sponsored Volcker committee, which went into Iraq’s oil for food
scam during Saddam Hussain’s regime, and the firm was the biggest
beneficiary.

“We will demand in Parliament that investigations should be carried
out against Reliance,” the CPI(M) General secretary said.

As per the terms of reference of Justice R S Pathak committee, the
probe was limited to the role of Natwar Singh and Congress, Karat said
hinting that other beneficiaries including Reliance were outside the
purview of the investigation.

“I do not understand why no investigation is being carried out against
the oil company”, Karat said. “Even the Congress and the BJP are both
silent on the issue”.

It is established that another named beneficiary Bhim Singh of
Panthers Party, who got the oil vouchers, did not use them, he said.

Expressing displeasure on the manner in which the Pathak committee

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Who Is PM, Mukesh Ambani or Rahul Bajaj?

Posted by egovindia on August 5, 2006

Who Is PM, Mukesh Ambani or Rahul Bajaj?

 

Dear KD,

It is most disgraceful the India is run by Mukesh Ambani/ Rahul Bajaj instead of –. This what we have been emphasizing in “indianthinkers groups”. Both are blood suckers and top crooks.

 

My Urgent Petition to the President regarding in loot SEZ projects follows this TV18 story.

 

Ravinder Singh

 

http://news.moneycontrol.com/india/news/business/rahulbajajsez/didrahulbajajmukeshambanilockhornsoversez/market/stocks/article/229788

Did Rahul Bajaj, Mukesh Ambani lock horns over SEZ?

2006-07-24 21:04 Source : Moneycontrol.com

Rahul Bajaj made his debut as a parliamentarian today and began by taking on the government’s SEZ policy. But like a tactful politician, he dismissed reports of having clashed with Mukesh Ambani at a meeting with the Prime Minister last week reports CNBC-TV18.

Chairman, Bajaj Auto, Rahul Bajaj said, “I couldn’t understand what Kamal Nath tried to explain. But if people like him are in the government and the government accepts this, there must be something, but I can’t understand.”

Mukesh Ambani seems to be off the hook but Commerce Minister Kamal
Nath is in the firing line. At the Prime Minister’s Trade And Economic Council in the capital last week, Rahul Bajaj and Mukesh Ambani reportedly locked horns over the government’s SEZ policy.

Bajaj says that the government shouldn’t encourage foreign investment at the cost of domestic players. He also feels that the government is ignoring existing industrial hubs and says the SEZ policy will benefit the bigger plays.

While Bajaj and Ambani may have differed on SEZs, they were together on the demand for setting up manufacturing and services hubs catering to domestic players with the same incentives as SEZs.

Chairman, Bajaj Auto and Rajya Sabha MP, Rahul Bajaj said, “Mukesh Ambani is the country’s top industrialist and my younger brother, but I will speak whatever is good for the country.”

The PM’s trade council had recommended setting up international financial hubs in the country. Sources say that Mukesh Ambani pitched for the first hub to be set up in a Reliance SEZ in Mumbai.

Ambani also told the Prime Minister that the biggest stumbling blocks for industry were water and power shortages, a concern echoed by Rahul Bajaj.

 

 

 

Urgent e.Petition / 14-06-2006

 

Honorable President Of India,

Shri. APJ Abdul Kalam.

 

Honest Amitabh Bachchan And

Reliance Two SEZs Loot = Rs. 675,000 Crores

 

Respected Sir,

 

It is unfortunate that India’s most loved and admired super star, highest tax payer and unquestionably the most honest and ethical personality in India is being subjected to needless politically motivated harassment.

 

No doubt he may have transferred some money in early part of his career when film makers spending $1000 in a foreign location were required to repatriate $10,000. And in addition pay income tax in excess of 60%, to buy any equipment car or appliance pay over 200% duty and taxes.

 

Even though his ABCL lost some hundred crores but he didn’t default in payment to any of his lenders when he had the option to walk away and shut down the business.

 

Loot Of Reliance.

 

On February23, 2006, Reliance bid Rs.1104 crores for 7.5 hectare or 18.75 acre plot in Bandra Kurla complex. Soon after Unitech bid Rs. 1583 crores for 340 acre plot in Greater Noida complex, some 30 kilometers from New Delhi.

 

Reliance bid for Bandra Kurla was @ Rs.60 crores per acre and Unitech bid for Greater Noida plot was @ Rs.4.65 crores per acre. Since property value in Gurgaon is over three times of Greater Noida, the expected bid rate could have been Rs.15 crores per acre.

 

But Haryana government sold more than 1700 acres of acquired land to Reliance SEZ for around Rs.360 crores only when just this peace of land could have earned Haryana government Rs. 25,000 crores i.e. clear loss of Rs. 23,000 crores.

 

Reliance SEZ in Haryana is proposed to be 25,000 acres plot. Even at average rate of Rs.6 crores per acre*, its bid value can not be less than Rs. 150,000 crores. (*Price of land in SEZ tax free zone ought to much higher than the figure considered)

 

Reliance SEZ in Mubai of 140 sq.km or 35,000 acres @ Rs.15 crores per acre* could fetch Rs.525,000 crores to Maharashtra government.

 

In just two of many SEZs approved to Reliance bid amount shall be Rs. 675,000 crores which is a loss to farmers and two state governments.

 

In legally correct procedure GOI and state governments shall earn huge some of money that they don’t need to collect any tax.

 

Fact is “Under Hand” tax breaks and concessions allowed to industry annually, dubbed as “Tax Dodges By Business Standard” is in the region of Rs. 1,56,000 crores, many times the income tax and corporate tax.

 

Important Notice: –

 

1.  Please note that Reliance loot is unprecedented not just in India but the in the world.

 

2.  Please also note no one, neither farmers nor governments nor future buyers benefit from this “Loot” and the only gainer is Reliance.

 

3.  Please also note that Reliance has indulged in illegal and criminal activities like re-routing of international calls, how Reliance is allowed to even bid for any government tender let alone biggest SEZ projects.

 

4.  Please also note that it is big fraud on people of India that their money deposited in Banks and invested in Reliance companies is misused in illegal manner without their consent or information to clandestinely enrich Mukesh Ambani.

 

5.  Please also note here in this “Loot” no technical or entrepreneurial skills are involved.

 

Most Important: Equal Opportunities And Level Playing Field

 

6.  Most important of all GOI has to ensure equal opportunity and level playing field to all Indian companies and entrepreneurs and in present globalized world even to foreign investors. {Unitech paying Rs. 1583 crores for 340 acres in Greater Noida, while Haryana government allowed Reliance to take over 1500 acres for around Rs. 360 crores in three times more valuable Gurgaon worth Rs.22,500 crores without any bids or global bidding.}

 

7.  Most importantly it is constitutional responsibility of the government to ensure “Balanced Growth Of The Country”. Government can’t allow “Ambani Enclaves” which I refer to as Ambani Desh to come up in India through illegal patronization of Mukesh Ambani.

 

8.  Most importantly it is criminal misconduct of the government to let Ambanis to tunnel into “Public And Private Funds”.

 

CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILTY OF THE PRESIDENT:  

 

9.  It is the constitutional responsibility of the President to prevent such unprecedented ABUSE of Indian government in allowing loot of public money, enriching Mukesh Ambani and creating uneven opportunities for competition and promoting unbalanced growth of Indian economy.

 

10.  President has powers to refer this petition to the CJI for opinion and action and forward this petition to all Political Parties registered with the Election Commission of India for their opinion.

 

11.  President may exercise all its powers to prevent Rs. 6,75,000 crores loss to farmers and two state governments in just two SEZ projects of Mukesh Ambani.

 

12.  President may also direct IT department to investigate illegal “Tax Dodges” allowed to Reliance over last 25 years.

 

Hope Our President Shall Uphold The Constitution Of India And Safeguard Interest Of The People Of This Country.

 

People Of This Great Nation Are With You And Bless You In Discharging Your Constitutional Responsibility.

 

Important clippings from the press reports follow this e.Petition.

 

Thank you,

 

Faithfully

Ravinder Singh,

Inventor

 

Corruptionfree04@yahoo.com, povertyfree77@yahoo.com        

 

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2006/02/24/stories/2006022401710900.htm

 

Reliance bid boosts Bandra Kurla complex

Tunia Cherian George

Mumbai , Feb. 23

 

Reliance Industries’ record Rs 1,104-cr bid for a 7.5-hectare plot at the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) establishes the complex as one of the most sought-after real estate pockets in Mumbai.

 

The bid, at one shot, has catapulted real estate prices in the suburbs. At Rs 18,104 per sq ft, the BKC plot is more expensive than Nariman Point, the city’s original central business district, where the prevailing rate is Rs 10,000-12,000 per sq ft.

 

According to hoteliers and real estate consultants, the development of BKC (with a large convention centre and hotels to meet the expected demand) and real estate at Lower Parel and Navi Mumbai, where a second airport is proposed to be set up, would gradually diminish the development divide between the Southern and Northern extents of the city.

 

Mr Ratnesh Verma, Area Director, South Asia, Hyatt International, says, the development of at least half a dozen luxury hotels in and around the international airport at Sahar had lead to a demarcation of the southern and northern business districts in the past. However, the market is likely to realign, with real estate in Lower Parel and BKC coming into the market.

“As Mumbai develops in a more even fashion, the demarcation between the North and South will vanish and businesses are likely to stretch right from the southern to the northern reaches of the city,” he said.

 

Hyatt International has two properties in the western suburbs, the Grand Hyatt at Santa Cruz and the Hyatt Regency, an airport hotel at Andheri.

 

The development of the exhibition and convention centre, Mr Verma says, would increase demand for rooms in the vicinity, and drive business for the Grand Hyatt and the clutch of hotels in and around the domestic and international airports. Even today, occupancy rates in the hotels in the North lead those in the South.

 

http://www.gurgaonscoop.com/story/2006/5/23/85955/5098

http://www.outlookindia.com/pti_news.asp?id=387115

 

In the single largest real estate project in India, Unitech today outbid rival DLF Universal to bag the 340-acre city development contract on Noida Expressway with an offer of Rs 1583 crore.

 

Reliance Industries had bagged a tender in January for Bandra Kurla complex for Rs 1104.11 crore for the biggest deal till now.

 

A euphoric Sanjay Chandra, Managing Director of Unitech, told PTI immediately after opening of the bid, “we won the bid today and will finance the entire project from internal accurals, which have already been lined up.

 

“Once we have firmed up the plans and other details, we will start marketing the product in the Noida Expressway City, which we hope to commission in less than three years from the zero date,” he said.

 

For the project where 50 per cent land would be used for open area development and greenery and the rest for residential accomodation, Unitech had bid at the rate of Rs 11,529 per square metre.

 

DLF had put up a bid of Rs 1,401.46 crore at the rate of Rs 10,200 per square metre, sources in the know of the development said.

 

The Rs 1100 crore Unitech, has woven a major sucess story recording over 1000 times growth in its share prices at Rs 10,016 a share (today’s closing), would develop the city as low density residential place for high end customers, Chandra said.

The company split its equity share of Rs 10 into five equity shares of Rs 2 each and has convened Extraoridinary General Meeting of its shareholders on June 16 to seek their approval for the same.

 

It is also proposing to enhance its authorised share capital to Rs 210 crore from Rs 35 crore. Unitech has build over 30 million square feet of residential township.

Besides Unitech, DLF and Bangalore-based I City Infrastructure were also in the race.

 

Losing the deal could prove to be a setback to DLF, which is hitting the capital market with largest ever public offering next month, analysts said.

 

The Noida Authority had opened the technical bids on May one for the sectors 96, 97 and 98.

 

From The Outlook – May 23, 2006

http://www.indianexpress.com/story/6331.html

 

Land grab charge puts spotlight on Reliance’s mega SEZ in Haryana

MUKESH BHARDWAJ  mukesh.bhardwaj@expressindia.com

 

Posted online: Tuesday, June 13, 2006 at 0000 hrs IST

NEW DELHI/ CHANDIGARH, JUNE 12

NEW DELHI/ CHANDIGARH, JUNE 12:The Congress high-command has warned Kuldip Bishnoi, the MP son of Haryana PCC chief Bhajan Lal, to back off from his opposition to the mega Special Economic Zone (SEZ) project planned by Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) in Haryana.

 

A source in the party said a show-cause notice could be issued against Bishnoi.

 

This is the second time that the high-command has intervened to support Mukesh Ambani projects. Last month in Punjab, it had put down Congress leader Jagmeet Singh, who opposed Chief Minister Amarinder Singh over land acquisition for an RIL project.

 

The Haryana controversy is over 1,700 acres of prime land near Gurgaon, part of 25,000 acres meant for the RIL SEZ. While critics say the market rate of the land is about Rs 5,000 crore, the state government has offered the land for about Rs 360 crore to the company.

 

An agreement that was to be signed on Monday was put off at the eleventh hour and is now likely to be signed on June 19. Both RIL and the state government say the deal will be through next week.

 

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said today that the signing of the Reliance SEZ project was not deferred because of a concern raised by Congress president Sonia Gandhi. Rather, he said, it was postponed only on request from Ambani, who had returned from the US yesterday and wanted some time for signing the MoU.

 

“There is no political motive behind this delay in signing of the MoU and there was no question of reviewing this prestigious project,” he said, adding that the SEZ would generate employment for five lakh persons and revenue of Rs 10,000 crore per year.

 

Sources also said that Ambani had some queries over certain clauses of the project, by which the land was to revert to the government in case the company abandons the project midway. ‘‘Ambani himself wanted to study the project report before putting his signatures on the agreement,’’ said a top RIL official.

There had been no opposition until the government decided in favour of the Reliance demand to hand them over the already-acquired 1,700 acres at Garhi Harsaru in Gurgaon as part of the Reliance SEZ at almost the same price at which it was purchased.

 

The HSIDC had acquired this land at Rs 300 crore by paying compensation to the farmers at a rate that varied between Rs 10 lakh and Rs 15 lakh per acre.

The Hooda government had more than doubled the rate of compensation after taking over. The market rates of the land in that area vary between Rs 50 lakh and Rs one crore per acre.

 

Both the INLD, the main opposition party in the state, and Bishnoi had maintained that the 1,700 acres were worth Rs 8,500 crore, depending on the present value of land in that area. However, realtors put the price of the land at about Rs 5,000 crore.

 

According to the sources, the government was to sell this land to Reliance at Rs 360 crore after imposing 9 per cent holding charges and 15 per cent administrative charges. The government had already incorporated a company to execute this project under a joint venture. The government was to get five per cent sweat equity in the SEZ for its role of a facilitator for the project.

 

Reliance’s mega SEZ

• Investment: Rs 25,000 cr-Rs 40,000 cr

• Total area: 25,000 acres

• Low polluting units: 6,500 acres

• Infrastructure: 5,000 acres

• Residential: 3,750 acres

• Commercial Establishments: 5,000 acres

• Institutional/Recreational area: 1,250 acres.

mukesh.bhardwaj@expressindia.com

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Heavy Rains Floods in Gujarat, little in Punjab – NASA Pictures

Posted by egovindia on August 5, 2006

Heavy Rains Floods in Gujarat, little in Punjab – NASA Pictures

 

Friends,

Gujarat is getting heavy rains and consequent floods.

 

Yesterday it centered around Bharuch and heavy rains cover entire Gujarat presently at 9AM June30, 2006. No rain in Punjab.

 

Just to check the performance NASA satellite, just log in following sites for quick latest pictures. 

 

http://trmm.gsfc.nasa.gov/trmm_rain/asia/asia_3hrly_zoom.gif

 

http://trmm.gsfc.nasa.gov/ Home Page

 

http://trmm.gsfc.nasa.gov/publications_dir/instant_2.html

 

This three hourly, 24 hourly and 168 hourly rainfall accumulation maps help in predicting floods.

 

From anywhere in the world with net connection you can view the rain condition in any place you may.

 

Ravinder Singh

 

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Moral Degradation of SKDF Owners

Posted by egovindia on August 5, 2006

Moral Degradation of SKDF Owners

 

Friends,

Corrupt owners of SKDF who sabotage investigation in to charges framed by “Satyendra Kumar Dubey In His Letter Of October11, 2002” routinely lift messages from groups and news media and pass it on as if their without giving credit to the author or disclosing source.

 

My following message of 26th commenting on a Tribune story was posted by Kalyan Panda as it its own on 28th without giving credit to The Tribune and its author. .

 

“Identifying Corrupt MPs, Civil Servants, Judges & Industrialists.”

 

This is not just IPR violation but a mean act over and above swindling of donations in the name of SKD and sabotaging Corruption investigations.

 

Ravinder Singh

 

Message No. 6509 Voiceofindiagroup

 

Message: 2        

   Date: Fri, 28 Jul 2006 20:07:11 +0100 (BST)

   From: kalyan panda <kalyan_panda@yahoo.co.in>

Subject: C-fwd (29 July)

 

Hello Everyone,

 

Vijay Shankar Pandey was successful in identifying the 6 most corrupt among IAS of UP cadre through confidential ballet.

 

Here we find more about Vijay Shankar Pandey, an IPS officer & also a interview with him on Anti corruptiuon drive & his experiences

 

His name stands out in the prestigious row of famous bureaucrats like Khairnar and Alphonse. An Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the I979 batch of UP cadre, Mr Vijay Shankar Pandey, has had an eventful career in the country’s bureaucracy. Right from his first assignment as a sub-divisional officer to the present responsibility as a Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Human Resource and Development, Government of India, he has come a long way.

 

Presently, he is the secretary of All India IAS Officers’ Association and Administrative Officers of the Shastri Bhavan, where offices of at least a dozen of different ministries are located. He is perhaps one of the very few IAS officers who work even on holidays and weekends. Incidentally, Pandey has always been in the news for some reason or the other. After the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhaya, nobody was ready to take the charge of the district as the district magistrate. Pandey volunteered and according to his peers, did a good job in

restoring peace and amity in the strife-ridden district.

 

He came into limelight on national level in 1995, when Mr Pandey and some like-minded young IAS officers dared to select the three most corrupt IAS officers through a unique voting system. Unfortunately, this exercise could last beyond two years because of immense pressure mounted by the very influential and powerful lobby.

 

During that period, six most corrupt IAS officials were voted out and publicly humiliated. After the demise of this novel exercise in 1997, he incepted an ‘Action Group’ with the same group of friends. Under the aegis of this organisation, hundreds of grievance boxes were placed at different places in Uttar Pradesh. Local people were encouraged to make complaints against the corrupt officials in their respective districts. After cross-checking the merits of the complaints, ‘Action Group’ would then try to redress their grievances. With this kind of help to the common people, very shortly the group became a household name in the Uttar Pradesh. The group is still alive and planning to resurface in a big way.

 

In an exclusive conversation with the NCR Tribune, this irrepressible IAS officer recounts some of the important events in his career.

 

How did your anti-corruption move start?

 

Since my college days in Allahabad, I had a great obsession for honesty. My father, R. P. Pandey, has been a role model for me. He served as district judge at different cities of UP. Because of the joint family, my father had a tough time in fulfilling the needs of everyone. Despite the financial crunch in my family, he never took a single penny as bribe. He always insisted on honesty.

 

One day, I went to the court premises along with my father. There I saw one poor hawker was running from pillar to post to get justice, as he was falsely implicated in an Arms Act case. During three-year period of his trial, he was forced to sell all his belongings. A local beat constable had fabricated this case because the hawker refused to give him hafta.

 

I was so perturbed by this incident that I requested my father to provide some help to the poor man. But my father was helpless, as he had no evidence or witness in support of his innocence. This was perhaps the turning point. After completing MSc in Chemistry, I had already decided to go civil services, as I wanted to bring some respite to these unfortunate people.

 

How did you realise your dreams after entering the IAS?

 

Initially, I served as SDM, ADM and DM in different districts of UP. There I found that common people were trapped in plethora of problems, as most of the officials of the state were corrupt.

 

When I joined as the DM of Fatehpur, there was so much black-marketing of kerosene that it was being sold at many times higher than the fixed rate. Kerosene was the only option to most of the families for lighting and cooking in the area. I immediately summoned the district supply officer and told him that the chaos should be checked in 24 hours, otherwise he would resign. That officer was so afraid of my order that he left no stone unturned in obeying my instructions.

 

Fatehpur was also a very crime-prone area. There were so many organized gangs of hardcore criminals. We talked to the Home Ministry of the state for extra force and ultimately succeeded in nabbing them. After the completion of that mission, the crime graph of the district had come down drastically. Fatehpur was the constituency of former Prime Minister Mr V. P. Singh. He was so impressed with my work that he gave me an award at a public function in Lucknow. When I was the DM of Etawha, constituency of Mulayam Singh Yadav, there was a group of people who used to do what they wanted in his name. They had a powerful hold in the district administration and nobody was ready to open his mouth against them seeing their political connections. But I dared to arrest them. After their arrest it was found that there were many cases of forgery and cheating against them. When I was the Commissioner of Banda, there was a menace of sand mafia, particularly in the Chitrakut district, constituency of Nanaji Deshmukh.

 

We initiated intense combing and nabbing drive against them. Few days later, some of them were nabbed. In another incident, when I was the MD of UP Spinning Mills Federation, out of the total 12 mills, only 5 were operational and all of them were in deep financial mess.

 

In the three months period after taking this assignment, all the 12 mills started working on no profit no loss basis. For this, I had to take stern action against some faulty officials of these mills and suspend more than 250 officials.

 

What prompted you to initiate the radical move ‘choose the three most corrupt IAS officers’?

 

After spending many years in the bureaucracy, I found that a large number of senior IAS officers were corrupt and they were in nexus with corrupt politicians.

 

They used to coerce the newcomers to follow them. Some followed but others refused to do so. However, few like-minded IAS officers decided to do something concrete against them.

 

Also, it was not easy to oppose those influential officers, as they had strong political connections. Despite this, we were rigid in our resolve. Initially, we were given the list of such corrupt officials to the government.

 

Perhaps for the first time in the history of Indian bureaucracy, such step was taken. Interestingly, no action was taken against them as they had strong rapport with the government and inquiry commissions. Then we realised that it was not easy to get them punished. Subsequently, we tried to demoralise them publicly. Keeping this in mind, we initiated the move ‘choose the three most corrupt IAS officers’. This move met considerable success and public applause. Six most corrupt officers were chosen and demoralised in two years. But they took the shelter of courts and the drive had to stop.

 

What are the present activities of your ‘Action Group’?

 

After the failure of our move, we had incepted this organisation. We had made some changes in this move. Now, we had not confined merely to bureaucracy. We inducted honest people in our group from different walks of life and our focus had shifted towards different departments and different fields. At present, we are going to revamp the group. Some top celebrities have also given their consent to give all possible help to our organisation.

 

Now we are trying to come on national level in a big way. Also, we are toying with the idea of initiating a unique padyatra-cum-procession from Kashmir to Kanyakumari against the prevailing corruption in different sections of the society. For this, we are talking with different state IAS associations for their support.

 

If corruption is checked, our country would automatically be in the list of developed countries, as most of our gross national product is trapped in black market.

 

It is almost commonly held opinion that corruption cannot be curbed. Then why you are trying to go against the tide?

 

Bureaucracy is the steel frame of our system. If every member of this elite service makes up his mind then it would make a big difference. Without their support even politicians and mafias would be helpless.

 

JAIHIND

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Dr. Y.C. Zala’s Response

Posted by egovindia on August 5, 2006

Dr. Y.C. Zala’s Response

 

Dear Dr. Y.C. Zala,

I thought it GOI response. But in case I go all out in my responses and commitment to cause I fight for. There are no compromises.

 

I am definitely disappointed at your non serious approach. Farmers are crushed through land ceiling, moneylender exploitation, spurious inputs, infecting the food grains, suppressing farm prices, exorbitant middlemen margins.

 

Is it not shocking that our per capita food intake has sharply declined in last 6 years and food production has stagnated?

 

Around 1962, farmers of neighboring UP and Haryana use to come to Delhi and bring their fresh wheat harvest on Camel/ Horse Carts. Since the Desi wheat was priced less than half or the prevailing prices, he purchased two bags of wheat and put it loft.

 

After a month or so when he opened the loft to take wheat out for grinding, it was full of red grain boring insects. Sparkling wheat was rendered unfit for human consumption in just a month.

 

http://ipmworld.umn.edu/chapters/krischik/ch13f4.htm

 

Co-operatives need government funding and support what you can do when the government is corrupt and not interested.

 

I am again posting my last message as forwarded to honorable President in next message.

 

Please forward your comment on it to all of us.

 

Ravinder Singh

Corruptionfree04@yahoo.com

 

“Dr.Y. C.Zala” <yczala@yahoo.co.in> —

Dear Ravinder Singh,

Namaskar,

Kindly go through what I have written and after that give your comments. I’m a farmer too. I carried out many studies on marketing of agricultural goods. I published many articles on Agricultural Marketing.

             I cleared wrote that price spread (difference between price paid by the consumer and price received by the producers) are very high in agricultural marketing as you said in your write up too. One of the reasons is larger margin of middlemen i.e. more than they provide services.

Again I have given the solution of this problem too i.e. Farmers should sell their produce directly to consumers. The other important point is that farmers should sell his produce after adopting value addition technology to get more money in their wallet. We know that farmers can’t invest very big amount for establishment of processing industries. That’s why I suggested that by establishing cooperative structure like Amul pattern, help farmers to compete even MNCs too. The farmers of Gujarat sell their milk products as well as mango products in even foreign markets by cooperatives.  

            I’m not a government agent or politician but I am a scientist and always work for the farmers benefit.

            I appreciate your spirit and feeling for farmers and it is better we go positively in the path of development of our country.

Thanks

Dr.Y.C.Zala
Agricultural Economist   

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