What is wrong? What should be done?

Is bullet train the solution to common man’s woes?

There has already been a lot of debate on the topic of bullet train that the Modi government has recently announced. The only logical argument on which one cannot disagree to the introduction of the bullet train is that in the present world, we can leapfrog in terms of development because of the available technology. Incremental development is no longer necessary. For instance, supposing we did not have mobiles in our country and want to introduce the same, we do not have to first establish 2G, 3G networks etc because we can straightaway establish 5G networks.

The objective should be to develop both short distance and long distance travel. Bullet trains are definitely meant for long distance travel
while you have metros and subarban train systems for short distance travel. So, the bullet train and subarban train system or metros are not mutually exclusive. Metros have come to India so I am sure that any place any new short distance travel requirement will be filled by metros. Similarly, bullet trains may be the solution for the future even though till now it has not happened. However, I think there is a big drawback of bullet trains when compared to aviation system. The cost of providing airports and planes is faster and cheaper. So I am not sure about the viability of bullet trains in the long term vis-a-vis air travel.

So what will be the best solution for India. As far as long distance is concerned, India already has a wide network of railways. We need to take advantage of the same and start replacing the current system with new safe and faster trains and tracks which when supplemented by air travel will serve the purpose. Today, every technology is up for sale. Hero motorcycles seperated from Honda because it knew it can get the technology that it wants from other sources. This system can also be supplemented by few bullet trains if necessary but I think air travel will be a serious competition to trains not only because of cost and land acquisition problems but also because air travel infrastructure is more flexible as compared to that of bullet trains.

The drastic need to India today is short distance and intra city travel. I believe the demand for this will grow exponentially because of practically everyone entering the workforce as we have already seen in Delhi, Gurgaon and Mumbai. It is pertinent to point out that requirement of short distance travel is practically everyday by a larger section of the population while long distance travel is required by a miniscule of the population and that also much much less frequently as compared to short distance travel.

Lets get down to the situation in Mumbai. I remember travelling by the local train in Mumbai over two decades ago. When churchgate station came, I was literally carried out of the train, to the platform to the staircase and out of the station by the crowd itself. I had to make no effort. Such was the rush at this station. I couldn’t imagine the situation now until I saw the visuals on the the TV.

When I was just thinking about the current situation, I realized that may be (I am no technical expert) we are missing a great opportunity. Today, if one has to build a new metro line in Mumbai it would be almost like reaching the moon because of space contraint. But fortunately, we have open land available where local trains run. What if we can use the same space to build multilevel metro system and start replacing the current system with faster, safer, efficient metro system, we will be in business. I think it can be done because I know of a construction company which has accomplished amazing construction projects around the world. I think this idea needs to be explored seriously.

We need to think of the present as well as the future. Do we need bullet trains? We need to consider the cost and whether it is better option than air travel. I have a cousin who flies everyday back and forth between London and Sweden for work. Did that require huge investment or land? Practically nothing. If demand dwindles, number of flights can be reduced. Another argument given is that we will have access to technology. As mentioned above, we can buy technology. What options we have for short distance travel? Roads and metros.

So what should we do? We should replace the current railway system with new, faster and efficient system for long and medium distance travel which should be supplemented by air travel. Metros for short distance and intra-city travel which will replace the bus and the taxi system thereby reducing pollution. For Mumbai, my suggestion is to replace the current system with a multilevel metro system as we have the land available and till this new system is built, take drastic steps to make the system as safe as possible.

Even if Modi is hell bent on bringing the bullet train which I think he is and will not change his decision, let him go ahead but at the same time he should announce a solution for Mumbai locals and the railway system of the country. Otherwise, just being adamant to bring the bullet train would be nothing but a political image building exercise for the PM at a serious cost to the nation not only in terms of money but also more importantly in terms of time and maybe lives lost. Also, most importantly again the common man will keep on suffering – so whats new.

Lastly, let me also comment on Piyush Goel’s statement that whoever opposes bullet train has “old thinking” and maybe “anti-national” also. I would just like to state every person has a right to think and express his views. I can assure you that there are lot of intelligent thinking people in this country and he should not assume that he or his party has a sole rights over “new thinking.” Let hear other people’s view point and do what you think is the best. There is nothing wrong with “expressing” and “listening.” “Doing” is left to each person as per his choice, power and authority.

More later.

Avinash Narula

India is no place for aam aadmi

I have always maintained that India is no place for aam aadmi / common man even though aam aadmi comprises more than 75% of the population of this country. We are reminded about their plight when media picks up an incident and highlights it. Some us talk about it on talk shows, quite a few listen to the debate on talk shows which usually ends up as a slugfest between BJP and Congress spokespersons while most of the affected aam admi population accepts it as business as usual. They are indifferent. They know nothing is going to done about anything as far as their life is concerned. They will have to keep on struggling with no dignity and with no light at the end of the tunnel.

Lets take the case of 22 lives lost in a stampede at the Elphinstone road station in Mumbai. Practically every person including the aam admi commuters, the aam admi activists, the khas admees including the local counsullors, MLA, MP had complained about the poor condition of the foot-on-bridge (FOB) and some of them actually predicted “stampede” to practically every one who could have had responsibility to take appropriate action including local MP, MLA and railway ministers as well as other officials by all available means of communications including letters, emails, tweets etc but still the central, state government including railway ministry could not get a FOB widened of build a new one. The worst part is that no one even bothered to close down FOB till it is fixed as a safety precaution or even shut down the station. No one cared about the safety of the people. Life of aam aadmi or the common man didn’t have value.

What shocked me was that people commented that everyday it took them 30-45 minutes to get from one end of the bridge to the other. It was unbelievable but then I realized that this should have been obvious to me considering how jam packed the people were on the FOB and the fact that entry and exit to the FOB were blocked by hawkers. In addition, today morning I saw on the TV that the steps of these FOBs are dirty and slippery and I am surprised if there have not been multiple cases of people slipping and injuring themselves. Seriously, now I am going to stop complaining about travel time of 45-60 mins in an air-conditioned car considering the plight of an aam aadmi who is more aam than me.

What more. Yes, there is more. 23 deaths. No fire. Just Accidental Death Report. Police says that they do not know who to file an FIR against. I am surprised that the police did not file 1200 FIRs against commuters who panicked on the FOB and caused the stampede like it happened at BHU even though male police lathi charged girl students and even entered girl’s hostel, both acts all Indians should be ashamed of.

By the way, the indifferent attitude of the practically every state and central government as well as government employees is no different from what we have seen in the above case. In the instant case, since media got involved we have become more enlightened.

There are number of issues that arise from what has happened as follows:

(a) The most important is the issue of accountability of the government, state and central, government organization and institutions. There should be well thought out Act which fixes responsibility and punishment in a graded manner depending upon the extent of negligence. I would prefer that the Act should fix punishment for specific acts of negligence at every department or organization level and in a general manner for what is not covered specifically. For instance, once a missing drain cover is reported as missing and the cover is not fixed within 2 days, a fine should be imposed, if an injury accurs, may be a higher fine and damages and further if death occurs maybe loss of job, damages etc and in case of gross negligence as has happened in the present case, jail time.

(b) If Modi government wants to make examples of Mallaya and lalu Prasad & Co, then it should also make an example of government employees its own politicians including the minister. We do not want a high level committee of railways to report to the minister but we need the government to appoint a committee of aam aadmi and aam aadmi activists to decide who all were at fault including politicians and railway emmployees and decide what punishment they should get.

(c) It is very obvious that part of the problem is red tapism in the railways. This needs to be immediately removed. Modi government wants the aam aadmi to get digital then it should also get digital not only in collecting our aadhar numbers or collecting money but also in taking quick decisions. I am also unable to understand why something costing Rs. 10-12 crores needs sanction of the minister.

(d) Immediate response to all safety related issues and projects.A separate fast track standard Operating Procedure be laid down for emergency safety situations.

(e) Special department be set up where all safety related issues / complaints can be received and answered to. The buck for all safety issue will stop in this department and all complainants will be answered to and posted on the website.

Avinash Narula

Is lowering of cash amount in the hands of the people a valid reason for Modi to demonitize Indian currency?

The Modi government has listed out a number of reasons for demonitizing the Indian currency. Lets analyze one one of them.

One of the reasons given by Mr Jaily was that demonotizing the currency was a necessary step towards achieving a digital economy, that is, demonotization will assistin reducing cash percentage out of the banking system thereby leading to growth like in the western developed world.

First, we are already progressing very fast towards digital economy. I am not sure the government needed to disrupt the very economy it wanted to digitize. Mr Jaitley referred to developed economies and gave data as to the “cash percentage outside the banking system” (CPOTBS) in developed economies as compared to India. Is that a factor which affects growth? Did America demonitize its currency to achieve its low CPOTBS. Is low CPOTBS the factor that will drive growth? If this is how is the growth rate of US lower than India? Mr jaitley’s logic suggests that we could resolve all the economic problems of the world by just lowering the CPOTBS. I doubt if this is true or this is what Mr Jaitley meant. Does the government have a right to cause pain and suffering to the whole country just to lower the cash in the hands of the people? Can’t they just withdraw the money after depositing the same? I think they can.

Does the government have any right to demonitize currency just to lower the CPOTBS? Is it even legal? I know RBI has the power to demonitize but I am sure they have to do it in certain circumstances but not to lower the CPOTBS. Can the the government force us to become part of the digital economy? Last I heard we were living in a free country.

It is great that the Modi government wants to use technology but it should first use it to set its house in order. It should first use technology to bring the real culprits who evade sales tax, income tax etc to book. Actually, you do not even need technology. Just ask the respective government departments. They know who is evading taxes.

Even assuming that this reason for demonitizing the currency is valid, do we have the legal infrastructure to handle it? I don’t think so. There is a dire need to upgrade the IT law as well train the law enforcement agencies to handle IT related crimes. Digital dream is OK but we need to proactively provide the environment in which it will thrive. Just today evening, we saw evidence of our government’s capability to handle IT related issues when Mr Jaitley said in an interview that it will take 2/3 weeks to get the ATM modified to accept the new currency.

A counter argument given by some is that one of the main objective of demonitizing the currency was to infuse funds into the banking system by forcing people to deposit money in the banks. Recently, Modi government infused over Rs. 20,000 crores into the PSU banking system and another Rs. 125,000 crores is required. Why are the PSU banks in trouble? Three alphabets NPA or non performing assets. Some NPAs are normal but our PSU banks have abnormal NPAs. Big time industrialists cannot pay the amount. We do not want to put pressure on the banks and the defaulters as that will have an adverse effect on the market sentiments. We do not want to take action bank officials because there will be collateral damage as the loans may have been given not on merit but under pressure from powers to be. However, making the common man stand in line to get money for milk and to feed his family is certainly good for the market sentiments. Once the money of the common man is deposited in the banks the same will be loaned to more industrialist friends of the politicians and the cycle will continue.

As mentioned in my previous post, the government before it causes the common man any inconvenience it should first do its duty. Has the government streamlined the banking system? Has it taken serious action against defaulters and bank officials? Has the government done any analysis as to how many of these defaulting loans were given at the recommendation of the political director appointees on the board? Has it taken any action against the directors for not performing their duties properly? I doubt very much.

The best part is that Mr Jaitley regretted inconvenience to the public and said that they had factored the same while making the decision. I am really happy to hear this because it gives me the confidence that our government is not incompetent but just does not care about the citizens of this great country so long its objectives are met. After all, what is important is what the government wants to do and not whats good for the people of the country.

So the reason for demonitization to reduce cash in the hands of the people makes no sense from any angle and most importantly, it does not make sense logically. Its just hogwash.

So what’s next? Another blog to analyze another reason given by the Modi government for demonitizing the currency. Our search for a good reason to do what was done continues.

Avinash Narula

Demonitisation of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes by Modi Government

I am blogging after a long time. Actually, thanks to Modi Government, I woke up to smell the coffee. There are many people who have commented on the advantages and disadvantages of this action of the Modi Government as well as on how it has been implemented and I thought that I might as well add my 10 cents to the discussion that is going on.

First, I would like to make it clear that what I am going to say, as usual, will be based on logic. Its not about politics. Its not about BJP vs Congress or one political party against another or a group of them vs another group of them. I am sorry to make a generalisation here, that is, as far as I am concerned all politicians are the same.

Second, we all know that we have a dual economy. Also, that it has been in existence for the last at least 50 years. I doubt anyone will dispute this fact.

Third, we would all like to know who is responsible for this dual economy. I think I can safely say that we are all responsible for creating the dual economy. We all participate in it directly or indirectly. For instance, we all want to buy goods without paying sales tax. It has become a way of life in our country. Of course, some of us would want to know who is to blame for this mess or who started it or who should be proverbially shot for creating this mess. Well the answer is also simple. Politicians, bureaucrats and corrupt businessmen. If I had to guess, the starting point was the licence raj.

Today, I am sorry to say but corruption has become a significant part of our DNA. If you would like to know how something that is legal is made illegal with the involvement of black money, such illegal activity is being carried out openly with the connivance of all, has ultimately become part of our way of life which even the government (because of vote bank politics) or the courts (because of difficulty in reversing the illegality) find it difficult to resolve, please read my article in this blog titled “DNA of Corruption in India.” The disease of corruption and illegality is so widespread and ingrained in our way of life that even people who do not want to get involved in it have got involved in it one way or the other. Its a complex issue and cannot be resolved by one single action or in one day or one month.

Fourth, we all know that India is a very diversified country in terms of practically everything. As such, implementing an across the board policy would be a nightmare and should be approached with caution.

Lastly, governments (irrespective of the political party) should realize the poor implementation skills of the government as well as the inadequate availability of infrastructure and resources in India before implementing any across the board government policy.

Irrespective of the political party which is in power, I have seen that any government policy when it is implemented, it is the people who suffer and the poor and the weak suffer the most. Just take the odd-even plan implemented by the the Delhi government. It was the poor who travelled on buses who had to face the difficulties. Though the government promised more buses but we know what happened. Once I remember UP govt stopped operation of Delhi buses going to UP. Who suffered? The common man. The second thing that gets violated is the rights of the people.

Apart from the above, lets look at what our constitution says. Only people who have read law and few others would know that the directive principles of our constitution which serve as a guiding force for the government say that we should have compassion for all living beings including animals. I think you all will agree that it is the duty of our government while implementing its policy to be compassionate towards all its people especially the weak and the poor.

So what is the point that I am trying to make. Its simply involves four points as follows:

1. The poor and the middle class which constitute the majority of the Indian population are already a troubled lot. They lead a difficult life. Most of them survive on a day to day basis. Lets not create more problems for them by implementing across the board policies in a hurry. In my 63 years of living in India, I have not come across any government policy that could not wait for a month or two taking into consideration that practically every policy taken out by any government is always late by couple of years anyway.

2. The Government should first do what it is supposed to do, that is, fulfill its responsibility of good governance before asking the common man to suffer. For instance, no action to curb pollution is taken by the Delhi government and when push came to shove, it shoved the odd-even plan down the people’s throat.

3. The government should accept the nature of our economy, characteristics of rural economy, government’s implementation capability and our way of life before implementing any across the board policy like demonitization.

4. Rights of the people should not be violated. For instance, we cannot inconvenience the total population of the country and infringe upon their rights even if a few crooks with black money got away. We cannot punish an innocent man even if a few guilty get away. It is the job of the government to target the crooks but not the whole population. If robbery is taking place in one town, government cannot arrest all the people living in that town as that would amount to dictatorship and breach of an individual’s fundamental rights.

I am simply proposing that the government of India should follow some guidelines before implement across the board policies some of which are given below:

(a) is it absolutely necessary?
(b) can it be implemented in stages ?
(c) if its implementation can cause hardship to the poor and weak and or the general population, suitable steps should be taken to counter the same.
(d) will it affect their daily livelihood? This is very important. If there is even the slightest chance of adversely affecting the livelihood of people, appropriate measures should be taken to absolutely minimize the same.
(e) will the policy be easily understood by all those who will be affected? If yes, again the implementation should be done in stages.

The key being that the people of the country especially the poor and the weak should not be inconvenienced unnecessarily to implement a government policy like the demonitization of the currency has done by the Modi government. Of course, I will use some the above principles to examine if the decision to demonitize the way it has been done was not correct or not .

Avinash Narula

Did Arvind Kejriwal read the Indian constitution? I doubt it.

Arvind Kejriwal stated that he has read the constitution and that nowhere in the constitution it is written that the Chief Minister cannot protest. Let me give Kejriwal a short lesson in what the constitution of India states.

First, Kejriwal should understand that the constitution lays down the broad principle and does not list what CM of a state can do or not do.

Second, The Fundamental Duties enumerated in the constitution states that every citizen “shlould abide by the constitution and respect its ideals and institutions, the National Flag and the National Anthem.”

Third,the Article 14 of the constitution states that every citizen is equal in the eyes of law including the CM. Arvind Kejriwal has broken various laws when he held his Dharna. According to the constitution, Arvind Kejriwal and his supporters should be put behind bars. Also, today AAP representative protested illegally in front of Arun jaitly’s house and as such they should also be put behind bars.

Fourth, Article 22 of the constitution provides sageguards against arbitrary arrest and detention to prevent people like Somnath Bharti to order the police to arrest people at their whims and fancies.

My humble submission to Arvind Kejriwal is that he should understand that the primary reason behind corruption that he wants to tackle is just one, that is, lack of rule of law in this country. Dharnas, 800 numbers and setting traps will not solve the corruption problem in a systematic manner. All we have to do to stop corruption is establish Rule of Law and the first person who needs to obey the law is the CM of the state.

Avinash Narula

We are in serious trouble by voting for Aam Admi Party

The major problem that we wanted to get away from was ministers telling the police what to do. We wanted the police to do their job without interference from their political bosses. We wanted rule of law applied without any discrimination.

It seems that by voting the Aam Admi party to power we have shot ourselves in the foot. I don’t think anybody wanted an emergency like situation to prevail in the country again. Now Minister Somnath Bharti wants the police to raid the house that he thinks is involved in some illegal activities without any due process. What I heard today on the TV shocked me that women were taken to the hospital and forcefully made to submit to tests and illegal body search. This is happening inspite of Somnath Bharti being a lawyer who should know better.

Thank God that the Aam Admi Party does not have control over the police as I am not sure what he would end up doing. Thank God we do have the constitutional checks and balances as otherwise Shri Somnath Bharti would end up being the accuser, judge and the jury also.

What is more disappointing and scary is that Arvind Kejriwal thinks that the police officers should be suspended because they did not listen to the minister. Arvind Kejriwal has a legitimate demand that the police in Delhi should be under the control of the Delhi Government and that he should push for this reform with the help of the people of Delhi. However, if this is any indication as to how the AAP will handle the police, I think it would be better if the present situation continues.

I think Arvind Kejriwal and the whole AAP team should spend time understanding what democracy is all about. I think they should also understand not only our constitution but also the constitution of other countries before they are allowed to govern. How does the act of Somnath Bharti fit in with Arvind Kejriwal’s concept of swaraj. You are only free if you have right to rule of law and your freedom does not depend on the whims and fancies of a law minister.

What more. The latest is that Arvind Kejriwal and AAP think that Khap Panchayats should be allowed to exit as they are a part of our social structure. So a Khap Panchyat in Bengal thinks that the women should be raped and that is OK with Arvind Kejriwal. Arvind Kejriwal should understand that no where in the world there is a punishment in the form of rape. Corruption is part of our social structure in India and so why is Arvind Kejriwal saying it should be removed? Sati and Dowry is part of our social structure then why should the same be removed? Is there a due process or an appeal process in Khap Panchayat? I think I can get some elders in Delhi, form a Khap Panchayat and order Arvind Kejriwal to be removed from CM’s post sinec he has not fulfilled his promise.

It is very clear why Arvind Kejriwal wants to support Khap Panchayats. He wants them to vote for the Aam Admi Party in the Lok Sabha and the state assembly polls in Haryana and UP. In fact, all his actions so far have been directed in building a perception about AAP so as to win LS elections. I cannot take credit for this insight. A friend of mine suggested that the Dharna was all planned. Now Vinod Binny announced that he is going to have a press conference the next day. The same night two ministers of AAP got into tiff with police. Now Binny’s press conference was overshadowed by the two events of the ministers. Also, AAP took these two events to protest against the central government for not giving them control of the police force. Arvind Kejriwal is seen spending the night on the road. Imagine the publicity AAP received as well as the perception AAP tried to build without caring what difficulties the people of Delhi went through. I will let you decide if anybody is doing the drama and if yes who.

My suggestion to all is that let us not vote for AAP in the Lok Sabha. Let them prove themselves in Delhi first.

Avinash Narula

What media could not figure out about Kejriwal, Binny and I did

In my earlier posts, I have clearly stated why Aam Admi Party and Kejriwal have not done what they had promised with respect to water and electricity. I have also stated the reasons and evidence why there seems to a conspiracy between AAP and Congress. Well, I must say one thing that Vinod Binny who held the conference has figured it out just like I did. I feel that Binny seems to be a logical man with clear thinking. At least, I was impressed.

Also, I feel that media is not doing its job properly. Even though, media had figured out the disconnect between what was promised and what was done, still their headlines were always favourable to AAP. Their headlines were “AAP fulfills their promise of free water within 2 days.” Such headlines are not only incorrect but they have resulted in misleading the people of the country. The job of the media is to report the truth or the facts and not mislead the people.

I have heard from other sources also that there is no democracy as far as Kejriwal is concerned. What Binny has said is probably not off the mark. Media should look into the matter and report on it. Media’s involvement is important in this matter. First, people of this country need to know if Kejiwal is going to run the state / country like a dictator. Also, whether all the talk about involving janta in decision making and holding janta darbars is just to fool the people and in wasting tax payer’s money.

I would like to thanks Binny for doing what he did. The people of this country have been continuously lied to by the politicians. We need more people to take a stand and stop politicians from lying.

In the end, I would also like to state that there is nothing wrong in seeking a lok sabha or vidhan sabha seat. I would like to say that what I heard from Binny, I do not see any reason why he was not made a minister. However, most probably why he was not made a minister is because he is not towing Kejriwal’s line. Ultimately, Binny will be out of the party now because he has spoken against Kejriwal and Kejriwal does not like cricism.

Avinash Narula

AAP actions have saddened me

It seems that the only light I saw at the end of the tunnel was the hope that Aam Admi party would take rock solid steps towards effective governance and removing corruption. I feel sad today because the actions taken by AAP have primarily been to somehow position itself for the lok sabha elections. They are indulging in gimmickry.

Lets talk about their gimmicks one by one. Their action of free water and 50% off on electricity is absolutely is not according to the promise they made. For instance, they promised 20000 litres of water free to everybody which is not what they did. The subsidy is also not targeted. In addition, there are more pressing issues to resolve with respect to water problems in Delhi than giving free water. We were promised 50% reduction in prices with no conditions and that is not true either. The problem is that they have achieve their purpose of getting favourable headlines from biased media. No newspapers have reported with a headline “AAP didn’t keep its promise.”

Now lets talk about corruption. Before the election, all Kejriwal talked about was the corruption of Congress leaders and unscrupulous power companies. What has it done so far. Just opened a hotline which and will remain one of the most stupid ideas. First, they want you to provide evidence by filming the corrupt taking bribes which is not sustainable because it may not only be illegal but also it is also dangerous for an enthusiatic citizen. This will create more problems for citizens who are trying to get things done in a government department. All Kejriwal has to do is the following in every government office:

(a) Log every request for a job on the computer irrespective of whether all formalities completed or not.
(b) Another team checks the papers/formalities and discrepancy if any and send to the citizen who has applied.
(c) Response is received by another team which processes the papers.
(d) The computer will decide at random which particular officer will complete a specific process.
(e) Teams could be located at different locations also.

Computer will track each case. Any delay is not possible because you have taken the authority away from the corrupt individual. Also, no corrupt person will be able to easily ignore deficiency in formality because more than one person will be involved with the same. No on will know who will be involved in the resolving the case.

If I am not mistaken, the passport office is doing this in Ghaziabad. I don’t know why AAP is not using IT. IT is supposed to be the biggest equaliser in controlling corruption. A flexible software can be developed which can be used for all the departments. The same software can be used for complaint resolution also. Now such things would only happen when AAP and Kejriwal are thinking of resolving problems instead of gimmicks.

The last action of AAP to call people to the janta Darbar was and will always be a waste of time. The main point is that even when you meet people, you will not be able to resolve the problem nor will you have the time to understand it or write down all the details. You will just take the papers given by the complainant. The meeting would be a waist of time. Instead of calling people, they should have asked the people to either upload their complaints with scanned copies of the documents or asked them to submit the complaint with respective departments after taking a receipt. Some simple complaints would have been resolved. Complaints where clarifications were required, the complaint should have been called on the telephone and where face-to-face meeting was required only then they should have bee called to the department’s office. Complaint resolution systems or what is known as CRM systems are available all over the world. Every call center has a system for complaint resolution. It keeps track of every complaint and all records.

Let me also address the issue of corruption of Shiela Dikshit and power companies. Most people do not realize that power companies accounts have already been audited by CAG. Based on its report, I believe formal recommendations to file cases against top Congress leaders have also been made. Now all Kejriwal has to do is pursue the findings of the report. Similarly, CAG has also blamed the Congress government for losses for CWG games. Now what does Kejriwal do, orders another audit.

After the government in Delhi was formed, have you heard of Kejriwal blaming the Congress party or Shiela Dikshit of corruption? I think one should tabulate the number of times Kejriwal took Shiela Dikshit’s name before the government formation and after it and it should tell us something. Instead, Kejriwal has gone about arresting a couple of constables.

I think people should look at facts before blindly following a wave or newspaper headlines. We need to keep APP and Kejriwal honest in terms of what they promised and what they are giving. Right now we are just pursuing a perception but perception is what marketing is all about.

Avinash Narula

Taking strict action against corrupt DJB officials the Right Action by APP government

The first good action taken by AAP government against corrupt DJB officials is the step in the right direction. Filing of FIR is very important. These officials should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

I am not sure what the punishment is. I hope the punishment is severe otherwise law should be changed to make sure that the punishment is strong enough to serve as a deterrent for others. I somehow have a feeling that the applicable law must be old and the punishment not severe enough.

Also, the AAP government should ensure that justice is served fast and quick. If it is going to take 19 years as it took for Sukh Ram to get punished then it is of no use.

What did Arvind Kejriwal promise? What did he deliver?

If I am not mistaken, Kejriwal promised the following:

(a) 50% drop in electricity bills / electricity rates.

(b) 700 litres of water free every day or 20000 litres a month.

I am not sure, he laid down any conditions in terms of number of units consumed not did he mention about the 10% increase in water rates. The above was a blanket promise to everyone.

I think Arvind Kejriwal has fooled the people. He has reduced the electricity rates by 50% for only those consuming 400 units or less. Second, water upto 700 litres is free but even a litre more will result in the person paying for all the units and that too at a 10% higher rate.

What is more astonishing is that the people who should get subsidy would probably not get as a lot of these individuals or families are living in unauthorised and resettlement colonies and quite a few of the households do not have metered connections or where meters are not working.

It seems Arvind Kejriwal / AAP has done what more other political parties have been doing to us, that is, taking us for a joyride. I think the people of Delhi and the whole country should decide if they want to be taken for another joy ride when they vote for in the Lok Sabha Elections.

Avinash Narula