gfiles magazine

May 10, 2012

Unproductive assets!

Unproductive assets!
The Planning Commission’s main task is to decide where government money has to be spent wisely. This job is being done admirably by Montek Singh Ahluwalia, the Deputy Chairperson. It would not be wrong to say that Ahluwalia virtually controls the finances of the Government of India. His wife, also an economist, Isher Judge Ahluwalia has produced a book titled ‘India’s Economic Reforms and Development: Essays for Manmohan Singh’. Clearly, the husband-wife team is completely dedicated and loyal to the Prime Minister. But preaching to Ministries and States to control wasteful expenditure is easier said than done. And what about if Yojana Bhawan,the building which houses the Planning Commission, doesn’t care for Ahluwalia’s dictums. Insiders inform that two ‘smart toilets’ have been constructed for elite members of the Planning Commission. One can only have the access to these ‘smart toilets’ through smart cards. Naturally, this is causing much heartburn. These ‘unproductive assets’ have cost huge money. Now Aswani Kumar has to take a call to go to the bottom of the issue and see from where this plan of constructing costly toilets has originated. g

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