Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Chain Events in Political arena of Indian Democracy

Going by the political history of India since independence, the most common chain of events on ascendance of a Party or an Individual to 'Power' has been:- (A) Victory Euphoria > (B) Cut-Throat Struggle amongst Berth-Seekers > (C) Intra-Party Skirmishes > (D) Colossal wastage of Time & Energy in 'Reconciliation Efforts' > (E) Digression from 'Governance' to Trivial Issues'> (F) Loosening of control over 'Bureaucracy' > (G) Non-Performance > (H) Public Disillusionment > (I) Ouster of the Party or Individual from 'Power' > (J) Replacement by another Party or Individual > (K) Re-Starting of the Chain of Events from (A) to (K).

The mute question is 'How long will it go on'? 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Pillars of Governance


(A) Basic Administration

1) Security- Internal (Law & Order); External (Diplomatic, Border-related)
2) Effectiveness & Efficiency
3) Transparency
4) Sensitivity
5) Objectivity & Judiciousness
6) Integrity & Commitment
7) Systems
8) Processes & Procedures

(B) Development & Reforms
1) Economic (Financial, Trade, Infrastructural)

2) Social (Educational, Health, Cultural)

My Profile

Bio-Profile (In Brief) of Kushal Kumar (K.K.Gupta)

Personal: Born in a Farming Family in village Kathwari (Balh), District Mandi of Himachal Pradesh. Got initial education from (the then) Govt. Primary School Ghasnu, did Matriculation from Govt. High School Bhangrotu. A Science Graduate from Govt. College for Men (Chandigarh) and a Post Graduate in Public Administration from Punjab University Chandigarh; Post Graduate in Forestry from National Forest Academy Dehradun.

Professional: Joined the Indian Forest Service in 1971 and allocated to Himachal Pradesh cadre. Served as DFO Lahaul & Spiti/ Chamba/ Kunihar/ Solan WP/HQrs/ (DM) Forest Corpn. Shimla/ MC Shimla and as CF Kullu/ Shimla/ Mandi/ (Director) State Land Use Board/ (Director Marketing) Forest Corpn. Served as Principle Chief Conservator of Forests H.P. heading the Wildlife Wing. On deployment outside the Forest Department in the State, served as MD HPMC/ SIDC/ GIC/ Electronics Corpn. and as Secretary Agriculture & Horticulture to the State Government.

While on central deputation, served as Joint Secretary Food Processing & Disinvestment and as Secretary National Commission for Scheduled Tribes in Govt. of India.

Got very wide exposure nationally as well as internationally through training and conferences/ seminars/ workshops in UK/ USA/ Germany/ France/ Holland/ Phillipines/ Malaysia/ Bangladesh.

Notable Works: Plantation grooves in Lahaul & Spiti; Micro-watershed development models; HPMC Turnaround; Redrawing the boundaries of Sanctuaries & National Parks to keep out the habitations; Drafted the National Food Processing Policy; Facilitated reduction of Micro-nutrient deficiencies (Iron, Iodine, and Vitamin ‘A’) through fortified foods; First Strategic Sale (Modern Foods) and thereafter those of CMC, Paradip Phosphates, 19 Hotels of ITDC & 3 Hotels of IHC (Air India Subsidiary), also handled (inconclusive) disinvestments of Air India/ Indian Airlines/ National Fertilisers/ Shipping Corpn. 

Took voluntary (pre-mature) retirement in July 2007 and settled in farm house at village Lalseri PO Bakhrot Tehsil Karsog District Mandi Himachal Pradesh. Also renders consultancy services from work place at C-90, Sector-3, New Shimla-171009

My Blog- www.govforcom.blogspot.com/

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.

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 |  
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