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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Faith in doing ones duty to the maximum

When one drives a break from the past, it can and does ruffle the status quo-Ists. It changes equations. Breaks vested interests too. These individuals express their desperation and attempt to come in the way to make things unpleasant.
But if the doer views it as evidence of dislocation to the ‘self-centered’ interests,  it increases the resolve to keep up the effort. 
Friends..
Puducherry needs improved systems in place. It needs a shared vision. Which demands a holistic and comprehensive approach.
Day after day keep putting that in place. With integrity and hard work.
This is what we as public servants are here for.
Some of us are temporary here. Puducherry is forever.
Work for Puducherry....

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Free Rice scheme made conditional to MLAs and officers cleaning up their villages.

I am very anguished at the slow pace of rural sanitation. 
Last two years I have not seen local representatives and concerned public officials determined to make rural Puducherry clean within a time frame. 
I am sorry this cannot go on.—
This was the 155 Morning Weekend Round Of Team RajNivas spanning over the last two years. 
Yet we have not transformed in proportion to the effort and energy that has gone into. 
In all our rural visits we have seen community leaders putting forth various demands on behalf of the people, but I have never seen any of them impatient at cleaning up the village in their constituency. Which is the cause of several diseases also in the village through contamination of water. 
In view of this attitude I hereby direct that distribution of free rice to the villagers shall be conditional to the certification of the village being open defecation free and free of strewn garbage and plastics by submitting a joint certificate given by the MLA and the Commune Commisioner to the Civil Supplies Commisioner. 
Till then the free rice supplies will be kept on hold and in safe storage. It shall be distributed to the beneficiaries on the village being certified clean.
The certification shall also be cross checked to ensure its veracity. 
All constituencies are given four weeks notice to clean up their respective areas to be entitled for the free rice. 
The notice period ends on May 31st. 
I am sure the community leaders including concerned public servants will take the lead in this transformation.
I also urge the NABARD to support only NGO who has inbuilt waste managment as integral part of its training programs.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Giving Puducherry a ten year vision plan.

Here are my opening remarks today at the Meeting of the State Planning Board on Annual Budget 2018-19.
- We have financially scrapped through last year and could pay our committed bills till the end of last financial year.
- However at the cost of certain essential areas like Civic amenities and rural care.
- We have areas of revenue generation where we could have generated additional resources. Hence we need to correct that this year.
- After presentation of the annual plan by the Secretary Planning and detailed deliberations by the Board and the Cabinet the budget cap of Rupees 7530 Crores was approved.
- In my concluding remarks I asked officers to flag policy and financial issues and place matters before the cabinet for timely resolutions.
- There are three key players to improve matters further.
- First the role of administration leadership.
- They must attend and build from what they have. And address internal managment issues like training, capacity building, rationalisation of work force, redressal of public grievance and field delivery.
- For the cabinet I said. They must meet more often and take calibrated risks to address policy and financial issues.
- They need to inform and communicate their respective constituencies of the role people can play in sanitation, safety, skill learning, sustainable agriculture and public health. This will save resources and enable more quality service to the people.
- I requested our two members of the Parliament to engage with Central Ministries in addressing UT issues which will reduce time pressure on Secretaries for frequent travels to Delhi. Thereby being away from Puducherry.
- I assured that in the coming Governor’s Conf in June I shall raise the following issues a) include UT in the 15 th Central Finance Commision
- b) Central Govt to bear pension expense as is in Delhi)
- C) 100 % Central finding of Centrally Sponsored Scheme as is the case with other UTs.
- D) Setting up of High Court Bench at Puducherry
- E) waiver of legacy loan of Rupees 7000 Crores by central government.
- F) Setting up of Family and CBI Court. In the end I requested the CM and tasked the CS to bring out a vision document for Puducherry and Karaikal for next ten years which specifies meeting of annual targets in areas of water, sanitation, public Health, skill development, agriculture, Tourism, renewable power, education, rita Development and all other priority sectors. With a road map for finances.
- By this the the Board passed the budget projection of 7530 Crores for the current financial year.
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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Puducherry gift to rest of India. It breaks an historical nexus

When I called on PM. And PM Instructed all concerned to fully support. We thank our PM..
My Blog on the historical SC order which caps the fees which can be charged by the Deemed Universities.-------------------------------------------------------------------

The RajNivas Secretariat intervened last year when no one in our political and departmental administration in Puducherry was willing to protect the interest of hapless but aspirational students. 
It’s a time in history of the UT when RajNivas had to stand by itself. 
Needy Students and their parents were seen running from pillar to post. 
The Open House at RajNivas brought forth the evidence of apathy. 
This is when Team RajNivas stepped in and take the bulls by the horns. 
It faced a huge hostile, back 
lash. (Media reports of that period are replete of this) 
The RajNivas Secretariat brought in GOI in the accountability right Upto the PMO. We wrote and went personally and explained the need for intervention to crush the prevailing mafia once and for all times. 
The MCI too realised it had to step in and supported us. They exposed the lies which were being told. ( evidence exists of this too). 

Meanwhile these efforts led to stepping in of a missionary and well placed lawyer in Chennai, Mr VBR Menon who took up the cause probono. 

Secretary to LG had to file a separate affidavit to support students in view of divergent views of our own administration who decided to wait and watch and did not even file an affidavit. (As it happened in the Court) 
All this was closely observed by the Chief Bench of the Madras High Court and commented. 
An interim judicial order led to capping of the fees to be charged by Deemed Medical Universities and need for a committee to fix their fees. 

We were defended by our ASGs at minimum cost. 
While the Medical mafia was by a battery of expensive lawyers. 
This powerful lobby took the matter to SC for a stay against the order of the HC, using its money and muscle clout. 
They have failed. Justice has won. 
This order is a final nail in the coffin of historical exploitation of a nexus which existed in exploiting the meritorious poor for decades not only in Puducherry but around the country. 
Not to forget CBI cases are still pending which also got registered on the complaints of the hapless parents associations. 
6+ Officers stand mentioned by name in its FIR. One of them lost his promotion 
This order is a culmination of determined fight against inherited injustice and prevailing mafia then. 
It remains broken now. 
The SC order not only does justice to Puducherry but to all other States if they choose to apply. 
The current changes in officialdom in Chief and Medical secretariat supported the break from the past in SC finally. 

Puducherry has changed. 
And is changing more with change of officers. 
Play your roles to the fullest. Clean up the systems. 
Remember every obstacle is an opportunity. 
Trophies are not won by spectators. 
Best wishes. 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Girls security demands drastic sustained action


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Continued assaults on vulnerable girl child, abuse of powerful positions by perverse/starved men may not go away. India is 1.3 billion. We have a looming constituency of such like...
But what must go away and addressed is the causative-criminal behaviour of these potential criminals/and brutes who are overpowered by their lust..
We have to get to the root and branch. 
The root and branches are their homes.Their own Parents, family, communities and their teachers.
The root and branch is also the politico-criminal justice system visibly led by police and political reps at those vulnerable places. 
They are the real preventers and detectors. The real failure is here. 
Every home, family, school, educational institute, community leader, law enforcer has to repeatedly assert the message that women are for equal respect and not assault. 
We have come to a stage of demanding: 
Beti Bachao—Beta Samjhao. 
We have to recreate, create and renew this assertion perhaps for long time still to cleanse the past and the present till the mind sets change. 
And say 
Beti-Beta- ek Samman. 
Media too must also show responsible restraint from using the medium as a repeated biology class. 
It be best left to teachers to rationally explain in a science class room..

Monday, March 26, 2018

Invest not just spend. It’s public money.

We in Puducherry have revived two existing lakes, with another third in the process, without any external financial borrowing in the last few months. 

We just did it by collaborative pooling in. 
We cleaned its boundaries or BUNDH of open defecation, cow dung, liquor bottles strewn around.. 
Planted trees along the boundary, we returned pigs to their owners, stopped spewing sewerage water into it or throwing garbage into the water. We had solutions. They were not interconnected 
We stopped water drainage by checking water theft. 

And we used near by places to share street lights to begin with. The Tourism Dept brought in rowing and paddle boats, put up sign posts of timings for use of the lake. The local community set up kiosks to sell refreshments. 
We put up benches from brick and mortar with us in our godowns or rubble yards. 
We asked a local bank to offer CSR services for installing watch camera or offer a few security guards. 
And the neighbouring resident associations also came together to now maintain and oversee by using it as a locality place of recreation. 

Local schools, colleges offered NSS students who pitched in to maintain and keep vigil. 
The Member Parliament offered support for the Walk way by sharing some resources from his MP local area development fund. 

Had we not come together in this way we would have spent money. 
Instead we gave it our time and energy. And took responsibility for our own respective areas. 
This is a model of synergy and austerity we can consider. 
Let’s do so whereever possible. Save what we can. 

Spend where we must because time is precious. 
Without postponing Development. 
Let us invest in collaboration. 
All public money is earned money. 
Invest not spend.. 
Be austere and remain trustworthy...
Make it win win.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

For making Puducherry Rich in Water.

“Stop running away from your problems because that only increases the distance from the solution. Make it right today, tomorrow is too late”....

Yesterday the GOP came together coopting all stake holders to address the serious problem of falling water table in Puducherry. 

It synergy worked. 

We have together infused life and pur in place a collaborative system implementation system for our WaterPolicy and made it even more inclusive. 
We together identified all visible impediments to its holistic execution and the role of social audit and its participation. 
Our Own DC with his CE shall internally review on a monthly basis the implementation and progress. 
The CS will closely oversee it as he declared while announcing the formation of this collaborative mechanism under the leadership of MR Anabarsu. 
The Honorable Ministers will fully strengthen the efforts of the officials in vexed issues of Water managment. 
Team RajNivas will continue its field checks and remain a link amongst all stake holders. 
And review progress in its monthly policy implementation reviews to promote coordination.
Specific suggestions which were put forward from Political leadership and citizenry as compiled by the rapporteur ( Sridhar) shall be circulated before the end of the day. 
Have a good day. 

Thank u all for this colossal event and for your presence and contributions. 
We are here to make Puducherry Rich in Water.