It has become a fashion to blame present day politicians for everything bad-whether it is crime in the society,fall in moral standards of people, corruption in government,violence, communal clashes etc- and it is not surprising that the country’s economic underdevelopment or backwardness is also attributed to the present day politicians. Sometimes, some people attribute to the country’s ills to the bureaucrats also. The general public is portrayed as good. innocent. honest etc . Similarly while government sector is described as corrupt and inefficient, private sector is praised as honest and efficient, One thing which is conveniently forgotten is that politicians and bureaucrats come from the society and if the society is generally good,its politicians and bureaucrats cannot be entirely and completely bad. Again from the same society employees of both public and private sector come. Hence the level of honesty and efficiency cannot be different. However, in private sector chances of demanding money from customers are nil. Similarly, the service terms and conditions in the two sectors make employees behave differently. If rules, office procedures and service conditions are amended suitably, government service can be made to be honest and efficient,
If I were the Chief Minister of Tamilnadu, I would concentrate on the following issues.
- Government or private employment to all able bodied and willing persons. While all will be given jobs, some jobs may not be according to the desires of the people or according to their educational and other qualifications, But the people will be given special training to work against existing and expected vacancies.
- When farmers are unable to sell their produce in the market at fair prices, government will procure the same at remunerative prices. For example, tomatoes will be procured by government at Rs.10/ kg. While calculating fair/remunerative prices , notional lease amount of the land will be taken into consideration.
- Corruption will be completely eradicated by amending the rules and procedures and by introducing some other administrative reforms. Single window system will be introduced for all applications, Communications between applicants and officials will be through post or e-mail. There will be no need for personal contacts between applicants and officials which would eliminate chances of corruption.
- Alcohol addicted people will be persuaded to give up drinking. There will be continuous programmes to discourage alcohol consumption. De-addiction centres will be established all over the state. There will be feature films.. documentaries, advertisements etc discouraging drinking. Alcohol content in the drinks will be reduced considerably. Alternate drinks like fermented coconut water will be popularised.
Economic history of India since independence in 1947 can be divided into two parts,viz pre-P.V.Narasimha Rao period and post P.V.Narasimha Rao period. The pre Narasimha Rao period was marked by,government’s control over economy, nationalization of private companies and banks etc, slow economic development, heavy borrowings from foreign countries and international organisations, grants from developed countries, competition with other developing countries for getting foreign grants and loans etc. The importance of a bureaucrat/Minister was judged by his ability to negotiate loans and grants from foreign countries. The private sector was seen as villains and it was a fashion with economists and some politicians to condemn private sector. This period saw very slow or negative growth in real terms. Indians professionals, government officials, tourists, businessmen etc. were treated very badly by foreign countries. They were not welcome in most countries.The quality of Indian products was very poor and these were sold in foreign countries for very low prices.
The liberalization/globalization of the Indian economy by Narasimha Rao saw the government treating private sector as partners in economic development of the country, removing some restrictions and controls on private sector. However, the government appeared to depend on foreign companies for industrializing the country. The governments of different political parties- United Front, NDA, and Congress which followed Rao’s governmernt, implemented some of the projects(roads for example) initiated by him and followed all his liberalization policies. The present government also follows Rao’s government.policies.
Today. foreign countries including developed countries seek Indian investment in their countries, Indian governments extend loans and grants to several countries, many countries are competing with each other to attract Indian tourists, issue of visas by foreign governments to Indians has been liberalized. In this connection, it is recalled that a foreign embassy in a third country wanted to interview a member of the family of Indian VVIP before issuing visa. Of course finally visa was issued without interview.
Of cource, Rao’s policy initiatives coincided with the collapse of communism in most of the countries.
Rao’s birthday should be celebrated all over the country suitably
Consumption of alcohol leads people to misbehavior. The media often report about this misbehavior which affects several people. Consumption/excessive consumption of alcohol has destroyed the peace and livelihood of families of several consumers. It has destroyed their health.. Talking all these into consideration, one comes to the conclusion alcohol is very bad. Once a consumer gets addicted, he will not on his own, normally give up excessive drinking. So it is left to the society to make him give up drinking. Several organizations and political parties show serious concerns on the ill effects of alcohol consumption. Now the question is, should there be a legal solution which will be ban on preparation, sale and consumption, or should this be by persuasion. In Tamilnadu, various political parties and social organizations are seeking ban on drinking and closure of liquor shops. Here also a question arises as to whether closure of liquor shops not lead to preparation, sale and consumption of illicit liquor which in the past had been responsible for many deaths. In addition addicts going to neighboring states to drink cannot be stopped.
Several countries in Europe and America enforced prohibition, but this could last only for short periods and was repealed in most of the countries/territories within the countries.
It appears that the best course to bring an end to alcohol consumption is by persuasion. In each locality, those seeking prohibition can gather in large numbers in front of liquor shops and persuade consumers not to buy and consume liquor. In addition, Government and non-governmental organizations can start de-addition centres all over the state and treat addicts free of charge. These two steps will certainly reduce the number of alcohol consumers.
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The government will work for Opening branch courts of Supreme Court in Tamilnadu and High Court branches in a few more cities in Tamilnadu to minimize the inconvenience to litigants
Will work for making Tamil language as Madras High Court language
Will work for raising the age for voting to 25 as at the age of 18, one is not in a position to decide on the merits of different ideologies, or the suitability of different contestants
Government will find ways of encouraging private individuals and organisations to contribute to the development of arts, science, industry, agriculture, service sector etc. as also to welfare measures like establishment educational institutions, hostels, hospitals, orphanages, sports organisations, yoga teaching etc.by giving due recognition and rewards to the individuals and organisations. Will also emcourage further involvement of temples, mosques and churches in such activities.
Government will strive for consensus to honour heads of organisations of all religions.
The government will also moot the idea of beginning important government functions with prayers by priests of all religions as in some countries.
Our government will initiate action for re-establishment of Legislative Council.
Our government will endeavor to hold elections to various bodies like local bodies, Legislative Assembly and Parliament at the same time to avoid repetitive work relating to revision of voters’ list, preparations for elections etc.
At present employees enjoy about 170-180 holidays i.e. about half of 365 days in a year- 104 Sundays and Saturdays, about 15 government holidays, 30 days of earned leave,12 days of casual leave, 10-20 days of medical leave. Our government will try to arrive at an agreement to reduce the holidays by about 20 days in a year.
If the party comes to power:
i.there will be no need for Community(Caste) Certificates as there would be no discrimination for or against any caste while extending concessions, benefits etc.
ii. There will be no need for Income Certificates as schemes/benefits to people will not be based on the income
iii.There will be no need for certificates as to Small Farmers, as all farmers will be treated alike
iv.there will be no need for applying for separate patta for land as this will be done automatically by the revenue department on forwaring purchase/sale deed from the office of Sub-Registrar.
v. there will be no need for applying for name change for electricity servce as electricity board will automatically change the name on receipt of copy of sale/purchase deed from the office of Sub-Registrar
vi. There will be no need for ration cards as there will be no ration.. All able bodied people will be provided employment with decent salary. Those unable to do any work will be provided food, clothing, shelter in hostels financed by government.
vii. There will be no need for cooking gas cards, as everyone will be able to buy cooking gas in the open market. Since there is shortage of cooking gas, government itself in the initial stage produce and distribute biogas, solar cookers, solar heaters, etc.
viii.there will be no need for environment clearance, as government will itself prevent pollution on collection of fee from industries just as garbage is collected by local bodies.
ix.there will be no need for applicants for licences/permissions to obtain and forward to the licence/approval issuing authorities No Objection Certificates from various offices like fire department, thasildar’s office. Village Administrative Officer, health department, etc., as these will be obtained directly by licence/approval issuing office.
x. there will be no need for the public to visit any government office personally for any service, as applications can be sent by post or online and the approval/certificat will be sent by post or by email.
xi. there will be no need to go to government office or bank to make any payment to the government as cvomputer centres will make payments electronically after receiving cash/cheque etc from applicants
xii.there will be no corruption, as in most cases, applicants do not meet the officials and the possibilities of officials asking bribe is almost nil.
xiii.There will be no overloading in trains, buses, trucks etc, as additional trains,buses, trucks will be deployed and roads will be wider and thee will be additional rail lines.
xiv. there will be no need for reservation in government jobs for any community as there will be adequate jobs in the public and private sector and the salary level and other facilities in these sectors will be more or less same.
xv.there will be no need for government to extend subsidies to farmers,consumers etc as the prices will be allowed to be determined by market forces. Only in unusual circumstances,the government would interfere.
xvi.there will be no power-cuts as adequate power will be generated from non-conventional sources like sun, wind, waves, biomass, urban waste/garbage etc.
xvii.in all cities, towns and major panchayats, electric trains/buses will be run.