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August 31, 2013

THE RBI RACE | Raghuram Rajan: PM’s first choice for RBI Governor

COVER STORY
banking rbi chief
Raghuram Rajan: PM's first choice for RBI Governor


By Neeraj Mahajan



If you have the Prime Minister himself backing you everything else is cake-walk. Fifty year old Raghuram G. Rajan's appointment as the next Governor of Reserve Bank of India for a period of three years hardly comes as a surprise. As the PM's first choice, the Chief Economic Advisor's selection as the 23rd Governor of RBI was a foregone conclusion



The dice was heavily loaded in favor of Raghuram Rajan a lead advisor in the finance ministry who made a name for himself by predicting the global financial crisis. He was essentially an appointee of the Prime Minister. It might be recalled that in November 2008, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had appointed Rajan as honorary economic advisor. Once again Manmohan Singh insisted on Rajan's selection as Chief Economic Advisor last year, when Kaushik Basu retired. This swung the tide in his favor and the Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) simply echoed the PMs Choice. There were as many as 18 equally strong contenders for the post of Chief Economic Advisor advertised by the finance ministry in April 2012 and 8-9 interviews were conducted. The shortlisted candidates included IDFC managing director & CEO Rajiv Lall and Assistant secretary-general to United Nations Read more..

Cleanse the freebie culture

GOVERNANCE
electoral reforms mg devasahayam
Cleanse the freebie culture
It is imperative that the EC promotes electoral integrity through proactive campaigns in cohesion with civil society groups


INTEGRITY is described as 'uncompromising adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty'. If there is one area where this is near-totally absent in India, it is the electoral process through which political leaders are elected. Election is the essence of democracy and integrity, its salt. But India’s elections have been fast losing their salt, with the electoral process being trodden under the heavy boots of criminal and money power. Read more..

SC kick-start to poll reforms

SILLY POINT
reforms mk kaw
SC kick-start to poll reforms

TALK of coincidences! I had just finished a scathing column with barbs aimed at the midriff of the law minister, who has been behaving like the Red Queen of Through the Looking Glass! After three years of hectic consultations on a background paper issued by the Legislative Department, he has now passed on the onerous task of trying to maintain ostensible speed to his other wing, the Law Commission. That apex body of wise men has issued a consultation paper to elicit informed advice on the same half-a-dozen points on which the background paper is based. Read more..

Strategising sanitation

GOVERNANCE
social justice devender singh
Strategising sanitation
Under the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan, it needs to be ensured that NGOs working in the field of sanitation
do not take away the cake by re-employing the liberated scavengers or engaging people in scavenging work at lower wages

IN his last speech, but one of the most prescient, in the Constituent Assembly, on November 25, 1949, Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar warned about the course of Indian democracy, saying, “on the 26th of January, 1950, we are going to enter into a life of contradictions. In politics, we will have equality and in social and economic life, we will have inequality.... we shall, by reason of our social and economic structure, continue to deny the principle of one man one value. How long shall we continue to live this life of contradictions?” Read more..

Short tenure, huge workload

Justice
personality palanisamy sathasivam
Short tenure, huge workload
The new Chief Justice has just nine months to make his mark
By Rakesh Bhatnagar



THE 40th Chief Justice of India, Palanisamy Sathasivam, does not enjoy a reputation for being an ‘active judge’, as he firmly believes in separation of powers until one organ of the State suffers failure. In his six years of adorning the high constitutional position of an apex court judge, Sathasivam was a signatory to as many as 1,037 judgments. Read more..

War to grab the chair

Delhi Assembly Elections 2013

Cong: Challengers to Sheila

War to grab the chair
While Sheila Dikshit remains by far the most eligible candidate to be the next Chief Minister if Congress manages to win this time, she is no longer the undisputed queen of Delhi
By Narendra Kaushik




FIVE in one – a woman, a Sikh and Delhi’te by birth, and Brahmin and UP’ite by marriage – Sheila Dikshit, 75, has all the trump cards that none of her opponents have. She is also in no way past her political prime. The old warhorse is the face of the Congress in Delhi for 15 years. A survivor who has withstood many political storms, her greatest strength is that there is no challenger in the party to upset her throne. Sajjan Kumar, Jagdish Tytler or Ajay Maken, all the heavyweight leaders who could
have posed a threat to her leadership, have been sidelined. Read more..

August 30, 2013

Raghuram Rajan: PM's first choice for RBI Governor

COVER STORY
banking rbi chief
Raghuram Rajan: PM's first choice for RBI Governor

By Neeraj Mahajan


If you have the Prime Minister himself backing you everything else is cake-walk. Fifty year old Raghuram G. Rajan's appointment as the next Governor of Reserve Bank of India for a period of three years hardly comes as a surprise. As the PM's first choice, the Chief Economic Advisor's selection as the 23rd Governor of RBI was a foregone conclusion

The dice was heavily loaded in favor of Raghuram Rajan a lead advisor in the finance ministry who made a name for himself by predicting the global financial crisis. He was essentially an appointee of the Prime Minister. It might be recalled that in November 2008, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had appointed Rajan as honorary economic advisor. Once again Manmohan Singh insisted on Rajan's selection as Chief Economic Advisor last year, when Kaushik Basu retired. This swung the tide in his favor and the Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) simply echoed the PMs Choice. There were as many as 18 equally strong contenders for the post of Chief Economic Advisor advertised by the finance ministry in April 2012 and 8-9 interviews were conducted. The shortlisted candidates included IDFC managing director & CEO Rajiv Lall and Assistant secretary-general to United Nations Read more..

Delhi Election 2013 Babarpur



Three-time BJP MLA Naresh Gaur enjoys a thin lead over his Congress, BSP and AAP rivals for now but the result in Babarpur will depend on which way those sitting on the margins vote. 

In fray for the Congress ticket are 2008 runners-up Haji Dilshad Ali, who defected from the BSP, its 2008 candidate Anil Vashisht, former MLA Vinay Sharma, Kailash Jain and several others. 

AAP nominee Gopal Rai is a serious contender, having pockets of influence among educated Muslims and lower middle class Hindus. 
BABARPUR is one assembly constituency in North East Delhi where Muslims are expected to play a decisive role. They are almost half of the 1.6 lakh electorate dominating lower middle class settlements like Kardampuri, Kabir Nagar, Janata Colony, Subhash Mohalla, Noor-i- Illahi, Mohan Puri (North Ghonda) and Vijay Park.  Read more..

Delhi Election 2013 Bijwasan



Two-time BJP MLA Sat Prakash Rana (46) looks set to pocket Bijwasan again unless the Congress can consolidate anti-BJP votes and throw up a stronger challenge 

Rana’s bĂȘte noire and former MLA Vijay Singh Lohchav, who defeated him in 2003, may still be Congress’ best bet 

Aam Aadmi Party’s Devinder Sehrawat, a retired Colonel, is making heads turn in Mahipalpur and a few villages of the constituency 

Bahujan Samaj Party’s Narendra Rana also has pockets of influence, particularly in Mahipalpur Village 
SOME things never change. This is especially trues if one talks of Bijwasan where the then Congress candidate and reigning MLA Vijay Singh Lohchav lost to his long-time rival Sat Prakash Rana of the BJP in 2008 by over 2,000 votes. This was all because Raj Nagar II Ward was added to the constituency after delimitation and it favourably tilted the scales in favour of the BJP. The unauthorised colony in Dwarka, Lohchav believes, provided an unassailable lead to his opponent. 
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Delhi Election 2013 Greater kailash



In his over five-and-a-half decade long political career, Vijay Kumar Malhotra has been there and done that, and is still going strong, and may even be in fray for Chief Ministership if the BJP wins 

Congress does not have a strong candidate, with only 2008 runners-up Jitendra Kumar Kochar and Sukhbir Panwar, a Shahpur Jat resident, among the contenders for the party ticket 

Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party appears set to corner the votes of those not satisfied with Malhotra’s five-year-term 
THOUGH under Vijay Kumar Malhotra the BJP lost badly to the Sheila Dikshit-led Congress in 2008, the saffron party got some reason to celebrate last year in Greater Kailash, his Assembly constituency housing close to 1.5 lakh voters. The party breached Shahpur Jat Ward for the first time in over four decades when its candidate Meenu Panwar defeated her Congress rival Nirmala Devi by over 1,800 votes.  Read more..

Delhi Election 2013 Janakpuri



Four-time BJP MLA Prof Jagdish Mukhi is all set to come back for the fifth term as this constituency continues to be drawn by the man’s undaunted 20 years of stronghold in the area. However, repeated complaints of slow work and incompetence are a few obstacles that he might have to overcome. 

Deepak Arora, 2008 runner-up, is once again in the running for the Congress ticket. He might just become lucky the second time if he is able to convert Mukhi’s growing inaccessibility and dissatisfaction with the MLA into votes.

The Aam Aadmi Party has a meager presence in the constituency.
A former member of EstimatesCommittee and Assurance Committee of Metropolitan Council, President of West Delhi BJP and Secretary of Delhi State BJP, and a PhD in Finance, Prof. Jagdish Mukhi , has been a MLA for 20 years now. Gfiles, while on a tour of Janakpuri constituency and its four wards – Janakpuri West (117), Janakpuri East (118), Milap Nagar (119) and Sitapuri (120) – unravelled the reasons behind his four consecutive victories since 1993.  Read more..

Delhi Election 2013 Karawal Nagar



Despite having antagonised the Muslims, the Gurjars and Scheduled Castes, three-time BJP MLA Mohan Singh Bisht is set to win Karawal Nagar, given the support of the migrant population 

Runner-up in 2008, Satanpal Dayma is hoping to get Congress nomination this time around but faces competition from Diwan Singh Niyol, a migrant from Uttrakhand 

Aam Aadmi Party candidate Kapil Mishra, son of East Delhi Mayor and BJP Councillor Annapurna Mishra, looks to garner a big chunk of the anti-MLA voters 
IN Karawal Nagar Assembly Constituency, which mainly comprises over half-a-dozen villages and host of unauthorised colonies in low-lying areas of Yamuna River, three-time BJP MLA Mohan Singh Bisht’s alleged bias towards people of Uttarakhand is the biggest issue.  Read more..

Delhi Election 2013 Krishna Nagar



Former Delhi BJP President, former Delhi Health Minister and fourtime MLA Harsh Vardhan, who is considered a chief ministerial contender in case the saffron party pips Congress to the post in November, looks set to make it five in a row as the Congress has no strong candidate to take on him. 

Besides Congress’ 2008 runner up Deepika Khullar, Bansi Lal, a former independent councillor and Ramesh Pandit, who stood third in Anarkali Municipal Ward last year, are in the race for the Congress ticket. 

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) do not have much influence in the constituency and it will again be a straight contest between the BJP and the Congress. 
THERE are constituencies in Delhi where Congress has been getting a cakewalk for long. And there are constituencies which have been considered BJP bastion for several years. Krishna Nagar fits into the second category. Former Delhi Health Minister and former Delhi BJP Chief  Harsh Vardhan continues to grow stronger here after having pocketed the seat four times since 1993. The Congress may have to look for another scapegoat to field against this ENT specialist and former RSS Volunteer.  Read more..

Delhi Election 2013 Moti Nagar

BJP’s, Subhash Sachdeva is all set to begin his third term in Moti Nagar constituency as a majority of people in three out of four wards are unaffected by the candidate and favour the party 

Film producer and Congress’ spokesperson Ajay Maken’s aunt, Anjali Rai, may not be Congress’s best bet and it will take more than just strong campaigning for her to outrace Subhash Sachdeva. 
An unknown name and an unknown face in the constituency, Rai’s inaccessibility might prove fatal for Congress. If Congress intends to win, Rai should be replaced with a strong candidate. 

Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP has very slim chances of making it to the Assembly as there are only a handful of his supporters in this West Delhi constituency. 
A second year B. Com drop out, Subhash Sachdeva took up politics post-Emergency out of dissatisfaction and resentment towards the Congress. He started by joining as one of the opposing candidate’s polling agent in 1977 and since then there has been no looking back. Nine-and-a-half years of being a MLA, he says, has taught him that a candidate’s behaviour towards the people of the constituency plays the most important role in a politician’s career. He also claims to have build the Kirti Nagar underpass with expenditure of Rs 7 crore, which saves the commuters coming from Naraina Industrial Area Phase II about forty minutes of travelling time. But, more than anything else, Sachdeva banks upon BJP’s popularity in Moti Nagar since 2004 and is confident that he will win this time too. 
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Delhi Election 2013 Patparganj



First time Congress MLA and Chairman East District Development Committee Chaudhary Anil Kumar, who has had a meteoric rise since his victory in 2008, may have a downfall later this year as 
people in Patparganj Assembly Constituency are itching to take revenge against Sheila Dikshit and Manmohan Singh Governments. 

BJP’s Nakul Bharadwaj, who lost to Anil Kumar by 661 votes in 2008, is back in the reckoning as the electorate appears to be divided between the BJP and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). 

AAP candidate Manish Sisodia has a distinct edge over his rivals among youth and lower middle class voters residing in Vinod Nagar (East and West) and the slums. He will have to slog it out with the 
BJP in Mayur Vihar Phase II and Patparganj wards.

The BSP has pockets of influence in the constituency but may find it tough to better its last time performance. 
PATPARGANJ will once again witness a battle between youth in November this year. But unlike 2008, when Chaudhary Anil Kumar (then 32) locked horns with former Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) President Nakul Bharadwaj (then 28), this time around, the fight is expected to be between Bharadwaj and Manish Sisodia (41) of the AAP. 
Read more..

August 29, 2013

Delhi Election 2013 Rohini



Four-time BJP MLA and Deputy Leader of the party in Delhi Assembly, Jai Bhagwan Aggarwal, looks set to make it five in a row as an overwhelming majority of people in his constituency are happy with his work. 

The question being asked in Rohini is whether Congress will do what it has not done in last four assembly elections – repeat an old candidate against Aggarwal. Builder K K Wadhwa and Vaish leader Bijender Jindal, who lost to the BJP in 2008, are seeking the party’s nomination. 

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) may not have much of a say in Rohini, a seat where the BJP and the Congress have traditionally slogged it out between themselves. 
JAI Bhagwan Aggarwal is probably the only legislator in Delhi who not only has won his seat regularly since 1993, but has also gone on to increase his victory margin in each election except in 1998 when onion prices activated tear ducts in the saffron camp. He won by over 4,400 votes in 1998 and increased it to more than double in 2003 and again to over 25,000 in 2008. Each time, the Indian National Congress put up a new nominee against him.  Read more..

Delhi Election 2013 Rohtas Nagar



Vipin Sharma, son of former Delhi Congress Chief and MLA lateRam Babu Sharma, has good prospects of re-election provided he can guard against consolidation of anti-Sheila Dikshit voters. 


The BJP will be unable to wrest Rohtas Nagar unless it can wean away a majority of anti-Delhi Government voters and at the same time not allow Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to eat into antiestablishment electorate. Former MCD Deputy Mayor Divya Jaiswal, runner up in 2009, is one of the contenders for the party ticket. 

The AAP enjoys good following in Welcome and other lower middle class settlements but may not be able to make it count. 
IN 2009 by-election in Rohtas Nagar, Vipin Sharma triumphed primarily due to sympathy following the demise of Ram Babu Sharma, his father and three-time Congress legislator. Today, he has carved a niche for himself as many people in this over two-lakh voter strong constituency feel that he deserves a re-election. The problem is that an almost equal number is rooting for change of Delhi Government but undecided about the party they want to vote for. In case these voters swing either towards the BJP or Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP party, it may be curtains for Vipin Sharma.  Read more..

Delhi Election Sangam Vihar 2013



First-time BJP MLA and Delhi’s prominent cancer surgeon, S C L Gupta, loaned to the party by the RSS, is facing anti-incumbency despite having spent all his local area development funds in Sangam Vihar. The only thing that may work for him is that the voters upset with him are divided among Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Congress and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). 

Sajjan Kumar’s son Jag Pravesh and former IPS Amod Kanth, are among the front runners for the Congress ticket in a constituency which has a large number of migrant and Muslim voters 

The BSP has already nominated Veer Singh, a former Nationalist Congress Party leader and local Gurjar from Tughlakabad Village 

The AAP, which seems to have considerable influence in this lower middle class constituency, has already declared name of Dinesh Mohania, a former Anna supporter, for the seat 
SANGAM Vihar, arguably the largest unauthorised colony of the sub-continent, spread over 3 sq km and housing around seven lakh people, is a kind of living hell. 

There are no civic amenities worththeir name here. For drinking water, people rely on private water mafia and government borewells which do not have adequate source. There is no drainage system and even a light rain creates large puddles. The colony does not have a single park, hospital or even a government dispensary. Moreover, it is still not clear how much of the colony is set up illegally on forest land and why its local representative – BJP MLA, S C L Gupta – cannot use up his local area development funds to improve its lot.  Read more..

Delhi Election Shahdara 2013



Former Delhi Minister and three-time Congress MLA from Shahdara Narender Nath enjoys a slender lead as people do not think he has had a role in Congress’ failures on inflation and  orruption. He will, however, need to guard against consolidation of Punjabi voters and rising anger against Sheila Dikshit Government. 

Jhilmil Councillor and 2008 runner up Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) candidate, Jitender Singh Shunty,  robably had his best chance in last Delhi Elections when he lost by a mere 1,536 votes. Today, the 
social activist faces competition from BJP Councillor Nirmal Jain and a few others for the ticket. 

Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party does have pockets of influence in lower middle class colonies but may not have enough overall 
SHAHDARA, once part of Meerut District in Uttar Pradesh, is a true replica of India’s diversity. Though dominated by Punjabis, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, Biharis, Brahmins and Muslims (around 60,000, 30,000, 20,000, 17,000 and 12,000, respectively) it also has Baniyas (about 10,000), Garhwalis (about 6,000), Malayalis (about 3,000), Bengalis (about 1,000), Nepalese (about 1,000) and even Andhraites (about 800).  Read more..

August 28, 2013

Raghuram Rajan: PM's first choice for RBI Governor

COVER STORY
banking rbi chief
Raghuram Rajan: PM's first choice for RBI Governor

By Neeraj Mahajan

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If you have the Prime Minister himself backing you everything else is cake-walk. Fifty year old Raghuram G. Rajan's appointment as the next Governor of Reserve Bank of India for a period of three years hardly comes as a surprise. As the PM's first choice, the Chief Economic Advisor's selection as the 23rd Governor of RBI was a foregone conclusion

The dice was heavily loaded in favor of Raghuram Rajan a lead advisor in the finance ministry who made a name for himself by predicting the global financial crisis. He was essentially an appointee of the Prime Minister. It might be recalled that in November 2008, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had appointed Rajan as honorary economic advisor. Once again Manmohan Singh insisted on Rajan's selection as Chief Economic Advisor last year, when Kaushik Basu retired. This swung the tide in his favor and the Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) simply echoed the PMs Choice. There were as many as 18 equally strong contenders for the post of Chief Economic Advisor advertised by the finance ministry in April 2012 and 8-9 interviews were conducted. The shortlisted candidates included IDFC managing director & CEO Rajiv Lall and Assistant secretary-general to United Nations Read more..

Delhi Election 2013 Sultanpur Majra


Controversy follows Jai Kishan, the three-time Congress MLA from Sultanpur Majra, wherever he goes. One hears umpteen number of stories of high-handness of the MLA and his sons Rahul and Varun. Yet, he looks set to retain the constituency .

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has been a runner-up to Jai Kishan most of the times, appears to be in no position to dislodge the MLA. Sushila Bagri, daughter of 2008 BJP candidate Nand Ram Bagri, is seeking party’s nomination. So are Ramchander Chavria, a Delhi BJP leader from Outer Delhi and Rahul Shahi, who defected to the BJP from the BSP. 

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has fair support in this lower middle class constituency where over 95 per cent of the electorate belong to the Scheduled Castes. 

The BSP is a force to reckon with and the names of Sanjay Gupta and Mukesh Ahlawat are in circulation for the party nomination. 
JAI Kishan (55) is a big admirer of late Sanjay Gandhi. Though he joined Delhi politics in 1991, over a decade after Sanjay died, the trajectory of his political career does remind of the younger son of former Prime Minister late Indira Gandhi. Like Sanjay, Jai Kishan is brash and does not mind taking law into his hands. He has allegedly been involved in several cases of assault, intimidation and riots, including 1984 anti-Sikh riots. In 2011, a Delhi Court even ticked off the MLA for misusing the provisions of SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, to put his enemies into a spot of bother. In 1998, he was denied ticket after his name figured in a 1984 riot case. Jai Kishan’s son Varun was also named in an FIR in 2007 for allegedly assaulting a vendor. Read more..

Delhi Election 2013 Tughlakabad


Two-time BJP MLA Ramesh Bidhuri continues to be popular in Tughlakabad, despite 60 per cent of the constituency being parched due to inadequate supply of drinking water. 

Though a resurgent Congress may again push the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) to third spot, it is unlikely to dislodge Bidhuri, the Delhi BJP General Secretary. Former Congress MLA Sheesh Pal is among the front runners for the party nomination. 

In 2008, BSP’s Sahi Ram Pehalwan, now a Councillor from TekhandWard, was the main challenger. He is again in race for his party ticket but Mayawati is known for throwing surprises. 

Surprisingly, despite having a large lower middle class, Aam AadmiParty (AAP) does not enjoy significant support in the constituency. 
Today the entire Tughlaqabad fort area, including Tughlakabad village, is facing acute shortage of drinking water. Considered nerve centre of Tughlakabad Assembly Constituency (besides current BJP MLA Ramesh Bidhuri, it is the residence of former MLAs Sheesh Pal and Rambir Singh Bidhuri), the village with close to 30,000 voters, is part of the 60 per cent of the constituency where scarcity of drinking water has led tempers to boil. The village women and children can be seen running around and scouting for drinking water in pipes during any time of the day. Drinking water is the biggest issue for around 1.5 lakh voters of the constituency living in Tughlakabad and Tekhand villages, Harkesh Nagar, Lal Kuan, Pul Prahladpur, 35 JJ Camps, including Sanjay Colony and Indira Kalyan Vihar.Read more..

August 27, 2013

EQ is the great divider

INITIATIVE
workplace dalip singh
EQ is the great divider
Senior officials are the Government’s interface with the public and it is their ability to lead with empathy that can determine their success

EMOTIONAL Quotient (EQ) has an important role to play in making the workplace happy and healthy. What is Emotional Intelligence (EI)? It is not a fuzzy term anymore. Broadly, it encompasses intrapersonal and interpersonal skills. People who know their emotions can manage disruptive feelings, understand the undercurrents and use that knowledge to create better relationships and results. Read more..

‘Share what you have, give what you can’

FIRST STIRRINGS
dr mehta

‘Share what you have, give what you can’

WHEN I decided to write about unusual pursuits of retired civil servants, three officers were insistent that I write on Mr DR Mehta (IAS, Rajasthan, 1961) He is known for two achievements: As the Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank and Chairman of SEBI for six years until 2002, he is credited with introducing game-changing financial reforms. But much more than these achievements, Mehta remains the face of the world-famous Jaipur foot and his brainchild, the
Bhagwan Mahavira Viklang Sahayata Society (BMVSS), in Jaipur. This organisation has fitted artificial limbs on tens of thousands of patients over the last 38 years. Read more..

Enabling PRIs to perform

GOVERNANCE
pris rural organisations
Enabling PRIs to perform
One of MGNREGA’s most ‘bottom-up’ features is its reliance on rural local self-government structures, but are the panchayati raj institutions (PRIs) geared up?
By Abhilaksh Likhi
THE initiation and countrywide implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) represents a milestone in social policy and employment creation with its rights-based approach and focus on livelihood security. The flagship programme has benefitted millions of marginalised rural households by providing them with unskilled work and led to prevention of stress migration in lean agricultural seasons. A UNDP/Carnegie Endowment study points out that, from the scheme’s first year of operation in 2006-2007 till 2010-2011, job creation accelerated from less than 1 billion workdays distributed amongst 20 million households to 2.5 billion workdays for 50 million households. Read more..

August 26, 2013

2014: Will it be Shivraj’s turn?

STATE SCAN
bjp madhya pradesh
2014: Will it be Shivraj’s turn?
The outcome of the November Assembly polls may, many believe, reveal another strong contender in Shivraj Singh Chauhan for the Prime Ministerial post within the BJP if the party manages a victory in the next general election
By Puneet Nicholas Yadav in Bhopal


IF the past year ended with a verdict on the ‘Gujarat model’ of governance, this year is likely to conclude with a judgement on a different model, that of Madhya Pradesh. Like Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh too is a BJP-ruled state and the outcome of the November 2013 Assembly polls will, as many believe, reveal another strong contender within the BJP for the Prime Ministerial post if the
party manages a victory in the next general election. Read more..

‘Vendetta’ triggers IAS-IRS war

STATE SCAN
official rivalry madhya pradesh
‘Vendetta’ triggers IAS-IRS war
The High Court order terming income tax raids in 2008 on then State Home Secretary Rajesh Rajora as unsustainable has opened a Pandora’s box in Madhya Pradesh
By Puneet Nicholas Yadav



THE Madhya Pradesh High Court’s verdict on June 29, terming the May 2008 income tax raids at the residence of the then home secretary, Rajesh Rajora, as “not sustainable under law” has triggered an open war between the State’s IAS officers association and the IRS association. Rajora, a 1990-batch IAS officer, was placed under suspension in February 2010 for allegedly contravening the All-India Services (Conduct) Rules, 1968, and probed by the IT department for alleged ‘undisclosed and unexplained income of Rs 5.21 crore’. A division bench of the High Court, comprising Acting Chief Justice KK Lahoti and Justice MA Siddiqui, accepted Rajora’s defence that the raid was conducted at his residence on the orders of then Director General of Income Tax (Investigation) SS Rana without sufficient grounds. Read more..

Watch thy words

MY CORNER
civil service amitabh thakur
Watch thy words
The career bureaucrat is like a sitting duck before the media, who lack a sense of accountability for their words
By Puneet Nicholas Yadav

A July 6, 2013, article in a reputed newspaper, titled “Akhilesh loses ground in UP, Mulayam loses hope” gave a brief political analysis of affairs in Uttar Pradesh. It also tried to take general stock of the administrative scenario in the State. And it referred to me, saying: “Officers in the UP government are also kicking-off discipline. A senior PCS officer, Hari Shankar Pandey, filed an FIR against three IAS officers for harassing him. A senior IPS officer, Amitabh Thakur, files PILs with an alarming regularity, in complete disregard of service rules. Read more..

August 22, 2013

Negative sentiment

STOCK DOCTOR
dr gs sood
Negative sentiment


THE market sentiment has turned so negative that investors have stopped discussing markets.
The dollar returns over the past year in the Indian market is among the worst for emerging markets, mainly due to the steep depreciation of the rupee, caused by low forex reserves and a huge current account deficit. The problem is lies not only with the external front but also because of selfinflicted problems. Read more..

Balancing between chaos and order

PERSPECTIVE
freedom sadhguru
Balancing between
chaos and order

FREEDOM is a word that means different things to different people, depending on the context of their lives. In this country, before 1947, azadi meant freedom from British rule. We believed we would be free if the British went away. They did go away. August 15 remains a significant day for this reason. Politically, we are free, but freedom continues to be an issue. As long as an individual experiences himself within limitations, freedom will be an issue. There is something within a human being that dislikes boundaries. However big the boundary, the moment he touches it, he wants to break it – there is something within us that longs to become boundless. Read more..

Losing out to Big Brother

Bric-a-brac
In and Out
Losing out to Big Brother


WHY Murli Deora was unceremoniously shunted out from the Petroleum Ministry is still a mystery. He was not the only one shifted from the ministry housed in Shastri Bhawan. While Deora was transferred to the Ministry for Corporate Affairs, Petroleum Ministry Secretary S Sundreshan was shifted to the Ministry of Heavy Industries. The transfers were then blamed on the KG basin gas price issue. But, the matter was not so simple. Sources now inform that a business house’s desire to own the Navratna Public Sector Undertaking, the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), was the  real reason behind the transfers. When Deora was brought into the Petroleum Ministry, the business tycoon thought he was very close to owning the PSU. Pressure started mounting on Deora the day he became minister. Deora then realised that though it was all right to associate with the industrial house in his individual capacity, things were different now that he had become a minister in the Government of India. Read more..

Adjustment issues

Bric-a-brac
In and Out
Adjustment issues

margaret alva wants to be back


WHEN a politician who has spent his lifetime in mainstream politics lands in a small political place, he has two options. One, he becomes a part of the wheeling-dealing that goes on at the State level and panders to State satraps. Or, two, he behaves like an ostrich and enjoys the sojourn till the end of his political career. But, Margaret Alva, the Governor of Rajasthan, does not fit into either category. She is finding it difficult to acclimatise in the State. She is active, keeps touring the State and meeting politicians. Last month, when President of India Pranab Mukherjee visited Rajasthan, she was overjoyed. She described the President as her senior colleague and mentor, forgetting that Mr Mukherjee was now the President of India and that there was a certain protocol to address him. She was so enthused that though she was not scheduled to visit the Ajmer Dargah and Delhi, she accompanied the President in the special plane. Read more..

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mulayam’s relatives corner important positions


IF one is in the ruling Samajwadi Party of Uttar Pradesh, one can climb the ladder only up to a certain point. After that point, all roads are reserved for relatives of Mulayam Singh Yadav. Even when one becomes a minister in the State, one only gets the liberty to roam around in red-beaconed cars. No prizes for guessing that the writ of Mulayam’s family members runs in the government. The family has four members in Parliament – Mulayam himself, his daughter-in-law, Dimple Yadav, his nephew, Dharmendra Yadav, and his cousin, Ramgopal Yadav. The family has two MLAs – his son, Akhilesh Yadav, and brother, Shivpal Yadav. Read more..