MANIFESTOFOR ELECTIONS TO TAMILNADU LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY 2016(10)

29/02/2016

LAND ACQUISITION POLICY

Government would need to acquire agricultural and other land for a large number of public projects and private projects which are in public interest. Therefore, government would:-

stop distributing government(paramboke) land to anyone-landless or houseless people. The land  would be kept for giving to the families from whom agricultural land or housesites/buildings are acquired for public purposes.

If this had been done from the beginning, there would not have been so many agitations against land acquisitions. The govt.land lying idle would only be leased out to the landless with the condition that the lease may be terminated with  one year notice. This is to see that the land does not remain unused.

acquire land only for present use and would not acquire larger land for using it in future and thus would not keep the land fallow, thereby depriving the state of production of food grains on these lands.

all government housing schemes for the low or medium or high income groups as well as government buildings for offices, schools, hospitals etc. would be multi-storied so that lesser land is used.

Even for private housing projects, plans would normally be approved only if the buildings are multi-storied. Even in the case of buildings by private individuals, they would be encouraged to build more than one floor by offering loans at concessional rates of interest.

Multi-storied parking places would be encouraged or the government would itself build to save space on parking.

WELFARE MEASURES

Restricting welfare measures only to those earning up to a certain level will make people not to strive to earn more for fear of foregoing the benefits. This will make people remain in poverty perpetually.

The governments would look after not only the poor people but also those with good income and therefore, welfare measures in our government would be for the entire community and not for those with low income only

Substantial number of people are poor mainly because of their or their fore fathers’ bad habits, like consumption of liquor, smoking, spending much on cosmetics, indulgence in luxuries, consumption of high cost items etc. Instead of extending special favours to such people, they would be persuaded or given free of cost treatment for giving up addictions to alcohol, smoking etc.

Similarly it is not correct to conclude that rich people have become rich by exploiting others or at others’ expenses. Many people are rich because of their frugal habits, savings, simple life, low consumption, avoidance of  luxuries etc. They should not be discriminated against, by denying them governments’ welfare measures.

Governments’ efforts would be to provide necessary skills and facilitate employment to all the people and thereby make them earn for their needs. This is the main welfare measure of the government.

In the name of welfare measures, the government will not take away the duties and responsibilities of parents for their children, of adults and middle aged people for their parents. Conducting marriages, valai kappus etc. giving gold, cash at the time of marriage etc. will be discontinued. However loans by the banks  on govt security will be encouraged so that the couple can settle in life by purchasing their requirements of furniture, utencils, dress,jewellery etc.

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MANIFESTO FOR ELECTION TO TAMILNADU LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY 2016(8)

29/02/2016

CULTURE, TRADITIONS AND CURRENT LAWS

Our government will enact laws which will incorporate the culture, traditions, beliefs etc. Values of other countries or what is considered good or bad by intellectuals, social activists etc. would not be imposed on the common people. Breaking cocunuts on the heads of the people, walking on the fire etc. during festivals are traditions of the people of Tamilnadu.  Some people may consider these as dangerous but the solution is to station ambulances with first aid facilities at the sites and  not banning the same. Some tribal societies have special customs and traditions which to other people may be bad. But there would be no interference with this.

KEEPING THE STATE CLEAN

When one enters a village or a town in India/Tamilnadu from any side, he/she finds at the entrance garbage on both sides of the street/road as also on part of the streets. Similarly when one leaves the village/town from any side, garbage is found dumped/strewn. The garbage in villages and towns consists of plastic cups ,plastic bags, paper, home garbage, glass, agricultural waste, factory waste, construction waste etc, Garbage is also found thrown in the rivers where people take bath, wash clothes, and from where drinking water is tapped.

In our government local authorities will place at convenient places, separate garbage bins for plastics, paper, glass, meals etc, and force the people to put the garbage in correct bins, collect the same on a regular basis, transport to a far off place, recycle whatever is possible, prepare manure and produce bio gas where possible and use the remaining solid waste as earth fill- for filling up ditches, etc.

The government would depute concerned officials to places like Hong Kong, Singapore and European cities for studying how the waste is disposed off in those countries.

There would be separate drains for rain water which should be drained into lakes and for sewarage which would be taken to a place where it is purified before it is used for irrigation.

People would also be forced not to spit or urinate on roads and other public places

There would be frequent campaigns to create awareness among the people on the need for keeping the places neat and clean

Our government would encourage shops and places frequented by people to provide toilet facilities to the staff, customers etc.

Government would make available funds to local bodies:

for setting power plants using garbage either departmentally or through private participation

for setting up manure plants

for setting up plants to recycle glass items, iron & steel items, plastic items, paper &paper products or setting up plants on private participation

for setting plants for treating  dirty water for use in irrigation

for putting up Pay & Use toilets in markets, bus stands, play grounds,, etc. and for buying land for putting up toilets

for buying dustbins, trucks with mechanical devices for loading and unloading of garbage

ALTERNATE BUILDING MATERIALS

The economy of Tamilnadu suffered in the recent past due to lower growth rate in construction sector. The construction sector suffered because of shortage of sand and the controls imposed by state government on sand quarrying. There is public opinion against exploitation of sand. Our government would do more on encouraging and funding research on making sea sand suitable for construction by modifying the same, Similarly a time may come when there will be shortage of raw materials for cement. The same may be the case for iron as well. The government would fund extensive research on developing alternate materials for sand, cement and iron. Though wood is a renewable source, there could be constraints on its supply. Bricks may not pose a big problem.Shortage of manpower may arise with the expansion of manufacturing and service industries. Mechanisation would be introduced on a larger scale.

RESEARCH ON CLOUDS, WIND AND RAIN

Recently there were moderate to heavy rains in certain parts of Tamilnadu but in certain other parts like in many places in Dharmapuri district there were not sufficient rains. However, one could see clouds every day. There are general theories on how clouds are formed and how it rains. Cloud seeding is done by many countries including India for inducing rainfall. Now what is required is research on reducing the cost of cloud seeding.

There is also need for research on rainfall when there are no clouds over the area where rain is desired. There would be research on moving rain bearing clouds from where ever they are to where ever rain is required. The cost should be affordable. There are generally more clouds over sea than over land and rain is more required over land than over sea. During day time winds blow from sea to land and vice-versa during night time. But this does not happen some times and rain bearing clouds are not moved by winds to land during day time. Now the research would be on moving clouds from over sea to land at affordable cost. If the cost is affordable, then the clouds can be moved also from places where the rain is causing floods to dry areas. Considering the amount of time ,energy, money needed to mitigate the effects and contain damages of heavy floods, expenditure on research on moving clouds is worth spending and our government would spend.


MANIFESTO FOR ELECTIONS TO TAMILNADU LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY(8) 2016

29/02/2016

INTEGRATING OLD SYSTEM WITH MODERN GOVERNMENT MACHINERY

The services of village elders will be utilized in the matter of administration of the village. These services will be integrated with village administrative system by appointing honorary village munsifs(village administrative officers) and kanakkapillais who used to do the surveying work. The local people would be used extensively in maintaining law and order. Home Guards and Honorary Police officials would form part of the local Police. Village elders would also be involved in maintaining water bodies, augmenting supplies by  draining rainwater into the water bodies like lakes and rivers, and releasing water for irrigation. People would be actively associated with new projects like production and supply of biogas on cooperative basis, generation of electricity from wastes etc. In short village people and elders would be associated/involved with the activities of the government right from the planning stage. Partly, this will mean more and wider powers for the village panchayats.

RESERVATIONS IN EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS AND IN EMPLOYMENT

To bring about social justice, the admission in technical, medical and other scientific institutions of brilliant students belonging to “forward” communities is restricted, so as to provide admission for “backward” community students. This leads to curtailing opportunities for brilliant forward community students to contribute to the scientific and technological development of the state and this in turn leads to slower economic growth. As both social justice and technological/scientific/economic development are important, the intake in the prestigious institutes would be increased so as to ensure that brilliant forward community students  are not denied admission.

As everyone will be provided jobs, there will not be much demand for reservation in government jobs. Government jobs will also be made only as attractive as private sector job,

For jobs which do not require special skill and for jobs with low salary, 100% reservation will be provided to local people which include all people residing in the locality even for short periods,

POPULATION OF TAMILNADU

Population of Tamilnadu in 2011 of 72.1 million accounts for about 5.9% of India’s population of 1210 million. Tamilnadu is the 7th largest state in the country. However, the population of children of Tamilnadu of 0-6 years, is only 6.89 million which works out to only 4.3% of the total child population of 158.7 million. It ranks 9th largest in the country. In the normal course, Tamilnadu’s population would also in future come to around 4.4% of India’s population. But this level of population will not be able to maintain the fairly large industry, agriculture and service sector in the state. There will naturally be migration from densely populated states like Bihar, UP, West Bengal and low income states like Orissa. To sustain the industry, agriculture and service sector development, our government would devise ways and means to permanently absorb the population from other states by creating necessary conditions like extending education in mother tongue to the migrant children, providing all facilities and concessions to them as are being given to local population like free rations, clothing, house sites, houses etc. Additionally, people will also be encouraged to have more children


MANIFESTO FOR ELECTION TO TAMILNADU LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY(7)

29/02/2016

PROHIBITION

Tasmac shops will not be punished but alcohol content in drinks will be reduced, In addition encouragement will be given to groups of people to gather near shops and plead with the customers to give up drinking.

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

Ladies who have to be regularly on the roads on account of their work etc. will be given free training in arts/martial arts to defend themselves.
Employers will be asked to avoid as far as possible giving work to ladies in late evening or early morning.
Police(security officers)  will be on duty  at places vulnerable to violence against women like colleges, cinema halls, bus stands, restaurants, temples etc.

CCTV Cameras will be installed at regular interval in roads, streets, parks, bank offices, shopping centres, markets etc. to put fear in criminals so that they desist from indulging in crimes and to check the speed of vehicles.

REPUBLIC  AND INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS

Republic Day and Independence day celebrations will be held in district headquarters towns in turns, to enable all people of the state to witness the celebrations

DISCONTINUANCE OF DIVIDING THE SOCIETY

As far as possible our government will remove the following divides created by previous governments, NGOs,international organisations etc.

i.men and women

ii.young and old

iii.employers and employees,

iv.farmers and businessmen

v.producers and traders

vi.small land owners and large land owners

vii. rich and the poor

viii.forward communities and backward communities

  1. small industry and large industry

x.consumers and suppliers

These divides  have mostly robbed the unity and happiness of the society to some extent. The unit of the society is family and not individuals. A family has men, women, old people and young people. So the family would not be divided along the lines of gender or age. A society needs farmers, businessmen, rich people, small industry, large industry, consumers, suppliers etc. and the interests of all the people should be promoted. It may be argued that poor people need protection and support whereas the rich do not need. Hence one has to divide the society into rich and poor people. But the rich people also need to become richer to provide jobs to larger number of people, to provide higher wages and benefits to existing employees etc. Producers need traders to distribute their products. Traders need producers to produce goods for them to distribute. Thus the people are inter dependent. They need each other. It is therefore the endeavor of the new govt not to talk in terms of men, women, young, old, rich, poor etc. and our government would not divide the society. With the consensus of political parties Special Boards for women, different communities, difference vocations etc would be closed.


MANIFESTO FOR ELECTION TO TAMILNADU LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY(6)

29/02/2016

ADMINISTRATIVE REFORMS.

More government work will be outsourced i.e. more non-confidential work will be got done from private contractors.

The government will train officers and staff to examine issues positively and a negative decision should be taken with the approval of an authority higher than the one who is in charge of the matter, Government would in most cases accept affidavits, undertakings etc in the place of documentary and other proof

Government will form separate Ministries for the following subjects.

non-conventional energy

Science and Technology

Personnel and Administrative Reforms

waste land development

Irrigation and water resources development

Planning

Departments of Revenue and Commercial Taxes could be merged.

To minimise the congestion in Chennai,the following proposals would be revived/considered

(i) shifting the capital of the state to another place like Tiruchi(old proposal)

(ii)shifting of some important offices like Tamilnadu Public Service Commission, High Court,Govenment of Tamilnadu commercial and industrial undertakings,Statistics Department

(iii)Discouraging of establishment of certain industries in the capital by way of additional taxes

(iv)further encouraging of establishment of industries in backward areas by enhancing the current level of incentives

There will be redistribution of work between District Collector and District Superintendent of Police.

all vacancies would be filled in and additional posts would be created  if necessary by looking at the pending papers and after conducting work studies to determine the workload

promotions would be made on the basis of merit and not on seniority

discipline would be enforced at all costs

posts would be filled up by those possessing minimum required qualification.  Higher qualified persons would be avoided as they would not be suitable from the points of willingness to work, their perception of low level of salary vis a vis their qualification etc.

officers would avoid doing work of juniors and concentrate on important matters

avoidable and unnecessary work would not be taken up as it would divert concentration from important work

senior officers in stead of doing most of the work, would train  junior officers to do the work and take work from them

There would be more number of posts than at present at the junior level.

The talent at junior level at present is underutilized. Steps would be taken to utilize fully the talent at all levels. Unnecessary information will not be asked from applicants.

The officers who harass applicants by asking unrequired information will be punished

ELIMINATION OF CORRUPTION

Corruption at political and official level will be eliminated even without any new laws and regulations, institutions or authorities, by strictly following existing rules and regulations,

Being part of the society, the political and bureaucratic functionaries have the same level of honesty, integrity, efficiency, devotion to duty etc. as the common people of the society. The common person in general is honest only because he/she has no opportunity to be corrupt. When he/she has the opportunity to be corrupt, he will almost definitely extract bribes by any way. So, if the corruption in government is to be eliminated, the society should first be made honest. But this is not easy.

But corruption cannot be allowed to be continued. The situation of absence of corruption can be achieved only by eliminating opportunities for corruption. For this, there is need to amend the rules and procedures. For example, in all the cases,  single window system would be adopted. This means, the applicants for licences, approvals etc. need to apply only to one authority. This authority would seek “no objection certificates” from other offices wherever necessary. Again the denials/delays in extending services would be explained by the concerned authorities to their seniors and to the applicants or their nominees. All communications between the authorities and the applicants would be through mail/email so that the chances of authorities asking bribe from applicants are eliminated/reduced. Government would also in most cases accept affidavits and undertakings from applicants instead of asking for proofs and certificates from various other authorities.

No employee would be given increments and promotions unless he does good work and is honest. Promotions would not be on the basis of seniority but on the considerations of merit and honesty.

When these changes are made in rules and procedures, corruption will be eliminated to a large extent.

System of punishing corrupt officials will be substituted by preventing officials from taking bribes

In cooperation with the intelligentsia and social activists values like honesty, hard work, self-respect (declining avoidable assistance from any quarter), devotion to duty, patriotism, fear of God etc. would be inculcated in the minds of the people from childhood.


MANIFESTO FOR THE ELECTIONS TO THE TAMILNADU LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY(5)

27/02/2016

DISASTER PREVENTION AND MANAGEMENT

A separate Ministry of Disaster Prevention and Management will be established to reduce damages to life and property on account of floods, drought, fires,  strong winds etc.

ACCIDENTS

The driver’s careless, drunken, rash driving or driving while talking on phone or with passengers is one of the reasons for accidents. To minimize these,  cameras on the roads throughout the state

The bad condition of the vhicles, particularly the brakes and the tyres as well as lights contribute to the accidents. Vehicle Fitness certificates will be issued with greater care. However, there will be no harassment of the vehicle owners.

Our government will remove the dismally poor condition of the roads-(having deep potholes, slippery particularly during rainy season, being very narrow).

There will be string walls along  Ponds, lakes, wells on the roadside

Government  will impose fines for people, cattle, dogs, cats etc .using or coming on to the middle of the road

By these measures accidents will be bought down drastically.

CRIME

The Police Department will be augmented with posting of locally recruited security officers at each village and street/streets in towns at the rate of 4 security officials for population of 1000 people. Honorarium of Rs.1000/- per month will be given to them. Police Constables will be selected from among these Security Officers, by promotion as will as by limited departmental screening.

Each Police Station will be provided with a Dog Squad and visiting forensic experts.

Adequate sophisticated equipment and transport would be provided to the stations

The Police Force would be proactive. Finance companies cheating their depositors is a frequent news item for the last several years. While it is mainly the greed which makes people believe in promises of unbelievable returns on deposits, a dedicated Police Wing would follow advertisements in the media, posters etc and seek explanation from the companies as to how they would fulfill their promises. Action would be initiated wherever necessary.

Another frequent news item is the cheating by recruitment agencies, promising to get lucrative jobs in foreign countries. The Police would ask for the relevant documents from such agencies and get them verified from concerned Embassies/High Commissions.

The Police would have records of all the people – their names, addresses, jobs, approximate income, the people living outside the locality, their whereabouts, work, remittances to home etc. and the lifestyle of the people and make use of these records. Thus crime could be reduced to a large extent.

Focus will be on prevention of murders, violence, robberies, violence on women. There will be research on what makes a person violent and on how to change him /her into a good person.

Every station will keep upto date record of all the residents under its jurisdiction and those of the people of jurisdiction’s origin

TAMIL DEVELOPMENT

On the lines of Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha, Vada(north) India Tamil Parappum kazhagam will be established.

English translation of Thirukural will be distributed to all new graduates during the graduation ceremonies all over the country and to all major hotels in India for the benefit of visitors.

Our government will assist in developing North Dravidian languages like Kurukh, Gondi,Bhil etc. in developing own script(now they do not have), publishing books in these languages, producing feature films in these languages.

Will establish and strengthen interaction between Tamil and these languages,publishing Tamil-kurukh etc dictionaries languages and by publishing books on the history of these languages and the people speaking these languages,

Tamil chairs will be established in universities in other states/foreign countries

Encourage research on relations between Tamil and other Indian/foreign languages.


Railway Budget 2016-17 -shows poor performance during 2015-16

27/02/2016

The Railway budget figures show very poor performance of the Ministry of Railways during 2015-16.Revised Estimates for Gross Traffic Receipts at Rs.167834 crores is only 91.4% of the Budget Estimates 2015-16 and also is higher than the 2014-15 actual Receipts of  Rs.156710 crore  by only about 7%. Considering the annual inflation, at constant prices, estimated gross traffic receipts might be less than the actual receipts of the previous year. This speaks very poorly of the efficiency of the Ministry of Railways.

Revised Estimates of the total working expenses 2015. In fact-16 is Rs.150690 crores which is about 93% of the Budget Estimates 2015-16 and is 5.3% higher than 2014-15  actual expenditure, Considering lower price of diesel, the expenditure could have been less.

An expenditure of Rs.4060 crores on construction of new lines was anticipated, but only Rs.2061 crore is estimated to have been spent/will be spent during the year. In the normal course, the actual expenditure is higher than estimate on account of inflation, but here it is the reverse. This is surprising ,because there are always demands from the public and the Members of Parliament for sanctioning/completing of new lines, Similarly Revised Estimates 1015-16 is much lower than Budget Estimates in respect of  guage conversion, doubling of lines, traffic facilities, rolling stock etc are also. This again shows the inefficiency of the Ministry

When salaries, prices of raw materials(except diesel), etc. has increased, keeping the passenger fares unaltered is not a great achievement. In fact, the passenger fares, freight rates etc. should be higher than the rate of inflation, so that there is more savings which can be used for new lines, additional lines, passenger amenities, safety measures etc.

Government has invested about  Rs.400000/-crores on assets building. If the assets particularly land, are revalued, the investment by the Government is much higher, The net income in a year should be at least 10% of the assets which is over Rs.40,000 crores.One could appreciate the Budget if it had shown this much profit/additional investment. One fondly hopes that in future we have budgets which show reasonable profits and investments.