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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The essential three bones for success

Applying it to Public services these three bones mean, as I believe..
A 'WishBone'
Means wishbone for the Purpose of the service as a priority not a a happening. 
All Other wishes follow.  
But key is never lost sight of. 
A 'BackBone'..
 means courage to serve and stand up to adversity and never deviate from the purpose of service as wished by the wishbone. Conflict and odds come from several directions. Internal, external as well unknown factors. 
The 'FunnyBone'..
is how one moves on with a positive attitude to move on regardless. In this, family, friends and personal Attitude plays a contributing role in keeping the funny bone to laugh off the twists and turns. 
Change is the law...
All three bones, 'wishbone' 'backbone' and  'funny bone' need to be kept intact.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Dependence to self reliance for New India.

In response to news items being reported in papers last few days. 
My reading for long term benefit of rural or urban poor in Puducherry is as follows. 
I pray they understand this. As it is for their long term good. 
I wish I knew Tamil to explain to them directly. 
But it is this which they need to understand most. For their long term benefit. 
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The biggest welfare scheme the people of Puducherry need is promotion and practice of 
'Self Reliance'.
This means gradually a shift from dependence on basic minimums, to being self-skilled and healthy to generate for themselves to be Self Reliant.
It's the duty of the government of the day to provide and link them with easy access to assured health services, skills development centres, micro credit for starting small entrepreneurship. 
This is abundantly available for rural and urban areas from NABARD and GOI Centrally Sponsored Schemes. These are currently being under utilised. 
Having an elected Panchayat as mandated by the Constitution and financially resourced is what Puducherry people need the most. (Panchayati Elections have been held for over a decade). 
They need to self govern their villages and localities. 
This is what people ought to demand of their political masters, but are not being made aware of unfortunately. 
This is what will empower them in the long run. And make them self reliant. 
Had I known how to speak in Tamil I would have explained to them their rights directly...I have no doubt they would have understood my concern for them.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

It takes one person in the right position to make the different

The Chief Secretary had his first weekly briefing at RajNivas.
All important issues were flagged for him which will lead Puducherry towards all round development and prosperity.  
All gains of the past will be sustained and taken forward. Right application of laws and rules will be the norm. Financial prudence will be strictly adhered to. 
Human resource managment will be practiced and their potential realised to the maximum. 
Now it's up to the people of Puducherry to fully realise this opportunity and bring to the notice of the New Chief Secretary issues which need attention.
One thing which is set to be history is, overlooking of any irregularity in admissions,recruitments, appointments or expenditures, etc. 
Integrity in public service shall be the rule. 
 Let us all now play our roles as Puducherrians --India First.

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Challenge is how do we connect the last public official with the vision of New India

Governance delivery is both TopDown and BottomUp. 

There is a visible disconnect between the Top, through the middle and then the bottom. Delivery is hampered by several layers. Whereas the implementation is by the middle and the bottom levels. New India needs newer strategies to narrow this gap. There are no mandated strategies to do so. It has been by and large person driven at various levels so far. Which is why few stand out others remain invisible or remain average, or do not feel accountable or stake holders.

 For a New India we need a nationally implementable plan to coopt all the 3 Crore+ Govt employees. Some States, Some officers, some places, some units doing it will be like ponds or small islands but not make the Indian Ocean, of responsive delivery. Hence we need to think this through and find a way how do we engage the last public official on our pay roll who says, 'I am an important part of the architecture of New India. I am its builder and a resident'


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

How to creative self in Aline not dependents

My tour to Karaikal is clearly revealing deficits in fulfilling our duties which if performed well will change societies and country for the better. 
It will eliminate suffering caused due to ignorance or neglect. I saw a disconnect between resources and persons in need. 
For instance even when NABARD loan is available at just 4.2% for rural poor, fisherwomen were taking loans from loan sharks at 46%. Which puts them in debt traps. 
All they need is regular communication. 
The challenge is how do we communicate our evolving policies to those for whom these are meant for. 
It's the visibility of public officials, appointed or elected touring constantly, explaining and inspiring to create self reliance. Not dependent. 
India has solutions. It needs caring grass root leadership. One which connects in a sustained way, all the way...always.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Raj Niwas - People Nivas for responding/ensuring Justice/ for all 24x7..


 Here are the ways by which Team Raj Nivas supported by officers in Puducherry is a PeopleNivas for responding/ensuring Justice/ for all 24x7........

Open House in Raj Nivas/People Nivas means Team Raj Nivas attends to Visitors+Petitioners by appt\otherwise,4-7Pm&provides need based intervention......

The Open House connects the common person with all departments of government without any obstruction.
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It gives him/her a right to be heard. And ask for action even in matters repeated. This is right to information directly excercised.

It empowers the poorest to know his right at the same time across the table.
It also enables the LG office to help petitioner Connect with the right official as he sometimes does not know who to approach.
Most of all the Open House sends a clear message that if there is no one listening to you, and you have a justified case, there is a last resort, or an office of fair hearing and quick response, called PeopleNivas...
One of the biggest benefits to Administration of this Open House is evidence of corruption in various areas, be it Medical seats, high mast lights, public works, places of entertainment, service matters etc.
This has enabled bring about a watch on corruption.
The ball is in the court of people now to use PeopleNivas to the maximum to reduce corruption and promote probity in services.


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Medical seats scam in Puducherry is a case of criminal culpability & administrative failure at political and administrative levels

There is no outsider please.
Please accept the criminality which has happened.
CBI would not register an FIR of this scale without credible evidence.
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It is time for the CM and the Minister for Health in particular,
to take responsibility for this colossal failure and embarrassment to Puducherry.
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I have no doubt that the CBI will investigate whose instructions officers were carrying out. Unless the officers want to protect others.
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Alongside is the role of the CS for failing to ensure due coordination between the departments for effective corrective action.
Such as Education and Health and more.
It's a case of failure of political and administrative leadership at all levels.
Had the parents association and the students not repeatedly complained and informed the MCI, and the Lt Governor's office not intervened, had the Government of the day paid heed to the Report of the Justice Chitra Venkatraman's report listing out all that went wrong, had the MCI not taken strong action, and had the PIL not fructified and Honorable Madras High Court not passed clear order, and had the SC not declined to stay the pleas of private colleges, injustice would have prevailed.
It's not any outsider who has caused this failure.
It is all from inside leadership.
It's is the primary failure of the CM, the Minister/s and the CS.
Even Officers of the rank of Secretaries/ Director will not easily indulge in such mass scale criminality, getting widely reported in media.
The blunder they committed was that they carried out wrong verbal orders, perhaps nowhere placing them on record.
Which is why they are now responsible and the Prime accused in the FIR filed by the CBI.
They shall all have to defend themselves before the court of law for years to come at their own expense.
Their careers will be severely affected.
Hence they need to tell the truth as to whether they were committing these irregularities on their own or were being directed to and by whom?
If they do not tell the truth now they will  suffer for the rest of their lives.
Speaking the truth is their only chance to explain.