Monday, May 26, 2014

Modi's Cabinet

First hurdle has been crossed by Modi by appointing capable persons as members of his cabinet and allocating portfolios matching their capability. Let us be hopeful that these Ministers do their bit and perform.
The next hurdle is the appointments at bureaucratic level, which is easier though tricky in view of the extra perfect lobbying - skills of the Baboos. Thereafter would be the more difficult task of activating these Baboos or say bringing them out of hibernation & sleepy mode.


 

Friday, May 16, 2014

Clear verdict for Modi



Indian voters have wholeheartedly trusted Modi. Their expectations are quite high. Path for Modi is arduous. Pluses in favour are Modi's experience; Performance record; while the minuses are Intra-Party discordancy; India's diversity & complexity; Non-BJP State Governments; People's High expectations; Over-ambitious berth-seekers; Demoralised & Fearful bureaucracy (comprising mostly average or below average performers who need be activated with twin tool of pushing-pulling & extremely close monitoring/evaluation system.
Going by the political history of India since independence, the likely chain in such a situation: Euphoria> Power struggle amongst the berth-seekers> Intra-Party skirmishes> Wastage of energy in reconciliatory effort> Digression from governance to trivial issues> Dip in performance> Disillusionment.
Way-Out:- Cabinet formation on Merit-cum-political compulsion (as far as possible the performers / achievers to be given ministerial berths on the principle of 'Right Man in Right Job'. Bureaucratic placement purely on the basis of Merit (Performers/ Achievers/ Integrity/ Commitment).
India being a country, which is Unitary in spirit but Federal in character, Central government controls national policy matters while the implementation remains in the hands of the State government and also the cutting-edge governance issues which impact the public perception of the government (state as well central), how much rapport is strong enough to ward off political tug of war to take development programme of Modi forward, is quite critical.
There is no doubt about Modi's humility but will his party men be so? Quite improbable, in which case  disillusionment can occur

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Criteria for the selection of Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister

Governing a country requires support of able staff to aid the prime minister. The people in this staff need to maintain the crucial balance in serving both long term interests of the nation and the party in power.

The scale of this challenge is enormous when you look at a country as diverse as India where coalition governments are the reality for the foreseeable future. The role of principal secretary to PM is crucial in this regard. They play a crucial role in smooth functioning of the government and thereby of the Indian democracy.

In my opinion, below are the key qualities and characteristics of a person holding this position

 1. Established credentials as ‘Competent’, ‘Capable’, ‘Efficient’, ‘Effective’ and ‘Hardworking’ Administrator;
2.  Confirmed commitment to ‘Party Ideology’;
3.  Unstinted & strongest commitment to the ‘Person’ of the Prime Minister;
4.  Impeccable Integrity;
5.  Unshakeable ‘Fiscal Honesty’;
6.  Requisite ‘Academic Background’;
7.  Diverse ‘Field working’ experience;
8.  Policy-level working experience at the ‘State government level’ as well as at the ‘Central government level’;
9.  Requisite exposure of the BJP’s ‘Work Culture’;
10. ‘Objective’ & ‘Unbiased’ attitude towards all ‘Services’ and ‘Working Sectors’;
11. Flair & Acumen to assist the Prime Minister in ‘Politico-Administrative’ matters.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

WHY BJP/MODI IS LIKELY TO MISS THE GOAL IN 2014 ELECTIONS


(A) EGO & PERSONAL AGRANDISEMENT

 

1. Terrible infighting amongst the top leaders;

2. Person-centric (instead of party-centric) approach in the campaign;

3. Glaring exhibition of panic by top leaders for seeking early pre-mature nomination of   party for the election (for themselves) from their choicest constituency(ies);

 

(B) OVERDOING

 

4. Pre-mature commencement & overdose of ‘Rallies’;

5. Exhibition of extra enthusiasm in having pre-poll alliances with parties /groups of all hues & ideologies has given impression of desperation on the one hand while on the other hand it has badly diluted the claim “ that BJP does not compromise on ideologies & principle” which has caused irreparable damage to the party for all times to come ;

 

(C) MISPLACED PRIORITISATION

 

6. The ideal prioritization would have been-Manifesto > Candidate selection> Rallies whereas it actually happened in the reverse order;

7. Inordinate delay in finalizing manifesto and candidates;

8. The campaign tenor was indeed ideal (development & governance-centered) in the initial stages which went on turning malicious (person(s)-centered) steadily as the campaign progressed;

 

(D) HYPOCRISY

 

9. Professing ‘inclusiveness’ but in action exhibiting exclusiveness ( evident from list of party nominees);

10. Mentioning of ‘Mandir’ and ‘Madarsa’ in the manifesto has disillusioned the neutral voters particularly the youth;

11. The party’s preference for the ‘celebrity - candidates ‘ has raised serious doubts about the party’s claim ‘of it being a party with difference’ thereby weaning away sizable voters;

12. Glaring exhibition of ‘Sangh’ influence/interference in selection of candidates and in other matters has weaned away large number of voters particularly the youth;

13. Modi’s comment in an interview (that  he does not believe in ‘Tushtikaran’) on the ‘ Topi  incident’ has seriously compounded his earlier  blunder because of the fact that he has been proudly accepting all kinds of headgears in all nooks & corners of the country- is that ‘Tushtikaran’ or is it not simply an expression of humble respect for the symbol(s) of the respective area/community/group/sect;

14. Contradictory statements by senior party leaders varying from place to place and time to time have put many question marks on the credibility of the party in regard to stability & sustenance.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

मेरा घोषणा पत्र


मेरा घोषणा पत्र

 

  1. खाद्य प्रसंस्करण उद्योग संरचना सम्बन्धित विकास के लिए ठोस कदम उठाना जिससे किसानों/ बागवानों को मह्त्वपूर्ण राहत मिल सके;
  2. बीज उत्पादन की अपार क्षमता का किसानों को अधिकाधिक लाभ पहुंचाने के लिए उपयुक्त संरचना स्थापित करना;
  3. जड़ी-बुटी आधारित उद्योगों की स्थापना करना;
  4. खुम्भ उत्पादन व प्रसंस्करण संरचना स्थापित कर स्वरोजगार के साधन उपलब्ध करवाना;
  5. रेल/ हवाई सेवा और सड़क विस्तार संरचना सुदृढ़ करना;
  6. क्षेत्र में विद्यमान अपार पर्यटन क्षमता के दोहन का लाभ बेरोजगार युवाओं को देने हेतू संरचना विकास करना;
  7. युवाओं को नि:शुल्क मार्गदर्शन (कांउसलिंग) सेवाएं देकर शैक्षणिक/ व्यवसायिक योग्यता अनुसार रोजगार प्राप्त करने या स्वरोजगार स्थापित करने में सहायता करना;
  8. क्षेत्र के आम लोगों की विभिन्न सरकारी विभागों में कार्य करवाने के लिए आने वाली प्रशासनिक व तकनीकी अड़चनो को व्यवस्था- सुधार कर सुगम बनाना;
  9. शिक्षा प्रणाली को व्यवसाय-केन्द्रित बना कर स्वरोजगार के साधन सुदृढ़ करना तथा नियामक व्यवस्था प्रभावी बनाकर निजी शिक्षा संस्थानों पर उपयुक्त नियंत्रण रखना;
  10. स्वास्थ्य केन्द्रों में मूलभूत संरचना सुदृढ़ करना व जांच उपकरण उपलब्ध कराना ताकि आम लोगों को अधिक लम्बा सफर करने से हो रही असुविधा से छुटकारा मिल सके;
  11. प्राकृतिक विपदा प्रबन्धन संरचना को भौगोलिक व मौसमी जटिलताओं के दृष्टिगत सुदृढ़ बनाना |  
     
    के.के.गुप्ता, रिटायर्ड आई.एफ.एस.
    गाँव लल्सेरी, तहसील करसोग जिला मंडी हिमाचल प्रदेश

 

Saturday, December 15, 2012

प्रदेश चुनाव घोषणापत्र केलिए मुद्दे

१. कृषि उत्पादन व उत्पादकता की व्यापक बढ़ोतरी- कुल योजना परिव्यय का  खर्च १५% तक ले जाना;


२. जैविक खेती विस्तार- वर्मी कम्पोस्ट इकाइयों की स्थापना, किसानों का पंजीकरण, कृषक मित्र पारितोषण;

३. अनाज भंडारण व्यवस्था की सुदृढ़ता;

४. सिंचाई व्यवस्था की सुदृढ़ता एवं विस्तार;

५. मंडी व्यवस्था को सुदृढ़ करना;

६. अनुसन्धान व शोध कार्यों को किसानों की समस्याओं के समाधान हेतू निर्देशित करना;

७. बागवानों को मिशन के अन्तर्गत दी जा रही सहायता को और सुदृढ़ करना;

८. फल व सब्जी आधारित खाद्य प्रसंस्करण उद्योगों की स्थापना/ प्रोत्साहन;

९. जड़ीबूटी आधारित उद्योगों की स्थापना/प्रोत्साहन;

१०. खुम्ब उत्पादन को प्रोत्साहन;

११. सभी गावों को शुद्ध जल प्रदान करना;

१२. बिजली उत्पादन में वृद्धि;

१३. सौर ऊर्जा क्षमता का दोहन;

१४. ग्रामीण स्वास्थ केन्द्रों में अनिवार्य मूल संरचना व यन्त्र तथा डाक्टर/तकनीकी कर्मचारी प्रदान करना;



१५. सरकारी स्कूलों में आवश्यकतानुसार मूल संरचना व शिक्षक सुनिश्चित करना;

१६. वानिकी कार्यक्रमों को स्थानीय लोगों की आवश्यकता से जोड़ना;

१७. जंगलों में लग रही आग से निजात पाने हेतू स्थाई समाधान करना;

१८. जंगली जानवरों से हो रहे नुक्सान का स्थाई समाधान करना;

१९. लोक सेवा कानून को पूरी निष्ठा से लागू करना;

२०. लोक मित्र केन्द्रों का विस्तार व सुदृढ़ता एवं विस्तार;

२१. सड़कों का विस्तार व अच्छा रख-रखाव;

२२. रेल सेवा व हवाई सेवा के विस्तार तथा सुदृढ़ता केलिए केन्द्र सरकार पर दबाव बढ़ाना;

२३. विकास तथा समाज कल्याण कार्यक्रमों को गरीबी व बेरोजगारी उन्मूलन से जोड़ना;

२४. प्रशासनिक व आर्थिक सुधार कार्यक्रमों को लागू करना;

२५. मूल्यांकन व नियामक व्यवस्था सुदृढ़ बनाकर कार्यकुशलता बढ़ाना;

२६. शासन की जनता के प्रति उतरदायित्वता सुनिशिचित करना;

२७. गैर-उत्पादन खर्चे कम करना;

Concept for proposed TV Serial

"RAKSHAK"


(A TV Serial to promote the cause of Environment & Eco-system)

BRIEF CONCEPTUAL NOTE



Introductory: Environment and eco-systems are much talked about topics by all sections of society which include not only the scientific and technical people but also the common man. There are different versions and perceptions of these issues, varying from one section to the other. There have been numerous attempts to project these versions but the presentations mostly remained lop sided. Such efforts have not been able to create the desirable impact on the mind of common man about the Eco-Environmental issues which by their very nature being abstract & dry, do not generate the requisite interest unless presented in a dramatic manner. The end result is that the degeneration of environment and eco-system continues unabated which, ultimately, is bound to prove catastrophic for the entire humanity. Projection of the problems relating to this theme in a dramatic manner can be best done through a TV serial by weaving the intricate eco-environmental issues into interesting stories and presenting to the viewers in various episodes of the serial.



The Core Issue: The eco-system comprise the air, the water, the vegetation, the soil, the animals and the man. At the central point of this system stands the Man who not only forms a vital link in the Nature's Food Chain, but is also the major exploiter of nature's wealth. The excessive exploitation of natural resources by man has brought him to a stage where his very existence is in perils. Draughts, floods, cloud bursts, cyclones and typhoons have become quite regular phenomena these days. Instances of wild animals killing men are very commonly occurring. All these are clear cut indicators of terrible imbalance in the eco-system which, originally was properly balanced to ensure mutual co-existence of all the components of the eco-system. Destruction of forests by the greedy & the unscrupulous elements in connivance with the corrupt officials has damaged the three components, namely, the vegetation, the soil and the water. Indiscriminate hunting has badly disturbed the Nature' Food Chain-wherein the carnivores are getting deprived of their food comprising the herbivores- resulting in frequent attacks on the man.



The Story & the Plot: A family living in hilly village would be at the focal point. The head of the family is an environmentally enlightened person while in the same village reside the greedy & unscrupulous persons who are destroying the eco-system through timber smuggling and indiscriminate hunting. The family suffers tragedies due to cloud burst and wild animal, but these further invigorate the entire family to continue their efforts to promote the cause of eco-environmental protection. There is an enlightened old teacher in the village school who, during the course of teaching, tells the children interesting legendry stories of the earlier times when there was an ideal eco-system all around and also about the ideal administrative set-up which ensured the sustenance of such a system. The small child from the central family of the village, studying in the school, gets significantly influenced by the enlightened teacher. Coupled with the influence of his father, this child vows to pursue his career in the field of Environment & Forests protection. After completing his school and college studies, this boy is able to get into the Indian Forest Service to carry forward the agenda of eco-environmental protection to its logical conclusion and comes quite close to restoring the pristine glory of an ideal eco-system wherein man, animal, vegetation, soil, water and air would ensure mutual co-existence.



The Dramatising Elements: Numerous real life stories (well documented in various memoirs) about: the wrath of timber smugglers, the unscrupulous hunters; the wrath of nature's fury witnessed in many places due to flash floods, cloud bursts, draughts, cyclones, typhoons and such other forms; the fights against the corrupt system; the miracles of nature; the experiences of trekking expeditions; the interesting events experienced during the training in the Administrative Academy and the Forest Academy.



The Episodes: 1st Episode: Theme presentation, mainly through a commentary and projection of clippings to explain the core issues of eco-environmental system; 2nd Episode: Projection of the ideal scenario as it existed during the earlier times through the Story-Telling mode by the 'enlightened teacher'; 3rd Episode: Family tragedy due to cloud burst; 4th Episode: Family tragedy due to wild animal; 5th Episode: Legendry stories about the folklores projecting the culture focused on environmental issues; 6th & 7th Episodes: Interesting experiences of trekking expedition by the boy from the central family; 8th to 15th Episodes: Projection of the interesting events from the experiences of the boy from central family during his training at the Administrative Academy and the Forest Academy after his selection in the Indian Forest Service; 16th & 17th Episodes: Projection of the initial shocks experienced by the young officer due to the prevailing maladies in the administrative system; 18th to 21st Episodes: Projection of the fight against the Timber Smuggler; 22nd to 25th Episodes: Projection of the fight against the Unscrupulous Hunters to resolve the Man-Animal Conflict; 26th Episode: The concluding one to project the move to achieve the ultimate goal of a harmonious eco-system, through commentary and the selected clippings.