with love to indore

Monday, July 27, 2009

Indore RTO : A den of corruption

We often hear people lamenting on corruption and how people do not try to get their work done without bribing and so this time when I was at Indore I tried to see if a normal citizen can get his work done without paying bribes.

I failed miserably.

I applied for a learning license to our infamous RTO office at Vijay Nagar.

It took almost a month for application to move as I went without an agent. When finally I reached for test things started unfloding one by one.

person collecting forms at window will give you an arbitrary serial and batch number which would have no correlation with when you came or at what position in queue you are. Clearly agents were paying for their clients and they were getting preference.

It was a hot may afternoon and there is no place for people to seat in shade ( there is a tin roof with 8 chairs kept whie daily crowd is at least 500-600).
there is no facility for water ( an old pyaaoo was disfunctional)

now my batch number came and passed but my name was never called , on enquiring it transpired that agents had paid money and got name of their clients who were there or not there advanced. One agent got name of his client shifted to next batch when he could not come in time for his pre assigned batch.

and finally link failed. All this time one could see agents openly going and staying inside the exam hall and it does not require extraordinary intelligence to guess what they were doing there. Person incharge there claimed he was a mere clerk and there was no officer there at campus to lodge a complaint.

when i went inside , it seemed work had been outsourced to some it firm and forms were lying in two heaps , one for which agents had paid and serial numbers were being given promptly and other smaller heap of people like me.

so even after one gets a nubmer on window you need "vajan" to get your name finally registered for test in system.

Scene 2:

after 3-4 days I approached smae office through an agent. I got chance in first batch. Well I could answer questions but an agent was inside prompting another candidate for right naswer and an officer who was present initially convenieintly disappeared that time.

taste was made by some company in maharashtra and there was very poor dubbing in Hindi is a different matter indicating that our government does not give work to local firms but outside ones and our officers in their infinite wisdom accept whatever is given to them and do not insist on localisation of content or customisation.

some thoughts.

1. no transpareny in how test sequence is decided. person in charge has huge discretionary power.
2. open corruption not scene in any other government deparmtnet. Agents can be seen roaming the palce as if they work there.
3. Computer testing defeats the basic purpose of licensing. By mugging soem sign and instructions one cn clear test. How does this transform into a driving sense is beyond me.

4. Even if one agrees on concept of test, test is ill suited for local culture and it would be difficult to folwo instruction for someone who is less educated.

5. very cunningly no officer is stationed at vijay nagar ,though most of public interacts with department there onyl. But I guess more moany is made in trucks, buses and other four wheelers which is done at Kesarbag so once again issue of motivation.

.... Last heard they have placed an online system of scheduling which sounds like a welcome step but lets see hwo this works.

moreover this once again outlines that we are dept at taking easy route out, what about people who do not have access to net or are not tech savy .they wil have to deal with agents and corrupt offcials. no one is will ing to take bull y horns and ensure that this agent-babu nexus is broken at RTO.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Indore needs a Kalpana Parulekar

I had first heard about the lady when Diggi Raja was unisputed king of MP. This gusty lady had a fight with him and was denied ticket also but is now back.

Among all the MLA of MP very few (hardl10-20 out of 230) have assets less than a crore and she is among them. This becomes more interesting as she is not tribal (most of poor MLAs are tribal) or a first timer .

It becomes more interesting when one knows she is most qualified MLA in our assembly. She is an MBBS. Dr Vijaylakshmi Sudho is also MBBS but she was born with a silver spoon in her mouth. Her dad was a big politician.

and on the one hand when "Dr" Sadho always uses this prefix Kalpana Parulekar uses it seldomly.

Bhajan singer is uncrowned king of Indore and no congress leader in Indore had guts or moral authority to challenge liquor shops so they had to import this lady from Ujjain to lead the protests.

Once again the pension scam about which I have mentioned before also ,congress in Indore is not raising the issue due to some understanding with BJP but this lady is still fighting it out.

Hail to the gusty lady.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

telecommunication consultants making roads???

सड़कों केनिर्माण कार्यो की जांच होगी : भार्गवJul 21, 01:52 am

भोपाल। मध्यप्रदेश विधानसभा में आज पंचायत मंत्री गोपाल भार्गव ने कहा कि भारत सरकार के उपक्रम टेली कम्युनिकेशन कंसलटेंट्स इंडिया लि. द्वारा प्रदेश में अनेक स्थानों पर सड़क निर्माण कार्यो की गुणवत्ता और देरी के मामलों की जांच कराई जाएगी और इसमें खामी पाए जाने पर कंपनी के खिलाफ कार्रवाई की जाएगी।

भार्गव ने प्रश्नकाल के दौरान स्वीकार किया कि उक्त कंपनी द्वारा 17 जिलों में ठेके लिए गए हैं, लेकिन जहां उनके कार्याे की गुणवत्ता एवं काम की प्रगति में देरी पाई गई है वहीं अनेक स्थानों पर दो साल में केवल 28 से तीस प्रतिशत ही काम हुए हैं।

पंचायत मंत्री ने भाजपा के प्रेमनारायण ठाकुर के जवाब में कहा कि वे स्वंय अधिकारियों के साथ ठाकुर के विधान सभा क्षेत्र अमरवाडा जाएंगे और सड़कों का निरीक्षण कर दोषी लोगों के खिलाफ कार्रवाई करवाएंगे।

ठाकुर का आरोप था कि उक्त कंपनी द्वारा छिंदवाड़ा जिले में 24 करोड़ रुपए की लागत से 75 किलोमीटर सड़क निर्माण के काम हाथ में लिए गए हैं, लेकिन दो साल में मात्र 12 किलोमीटर सड़क का निर्माण ही हो पाया है और जो निर्माण हुआ भी है उसकी गुणवत्ता भी ठीक नहीं है।

ठाकुर का कहना था कि उक्त कंपनी के पास न तो उपकरण हैं और न ही आवश्यक संसाधन, लेकिन इसके बाद भी न केवल उक्त कंपनी को काम दिया गया बल्कि काम नहीं होने के बावजूद कंपनी के भुगतान को नहीं रोका गया।

एक अन्य प्रश्न में कांग्रेस के ही निशीथ पटेल का भी आरोप था कि उक्त कंपनी द्वारा ठेका लेकर काम निजी ठेकेदारों को दे दिया जाता है।

पंचायत मंत्री ने कहा कि वे पटेल के विधान सभा क्षेत्र बहोरीबंद में भी अधिकारियों को भेजेंगे और जांच कराकर एक सप्ताह में रिपोर्ट मंगा लेंगे और दोषी पाए जाने पर कामों का रिटेंडर करने के निर्देश देंगे।

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Bihari influx in Indore

It is no secret that Indore has a serious problem of Bihari influx now.

1. First of all almost all administrative officers in Indore are from outside MP. Not many locals clear UPSC exam and even in PSC outsiders are allowed to eat into pie which is meant for local people.

2. Construction ,transport workers, people doing petty job in offices, large body of students in colleges - Bihar is giving varying kinds of people to us. I remember some 15 years back in my school first one of the conductors came from Bihar and then within a year all conductors were Bihari as they were ready to work for less.

Patna Indore weekly trains has contributed in no little measure towards it.

and what Bihari railway policemen could do and did when terrorists attacked at VT station can be seen in documentary made by channel four on Taj attack.

Now a malicious disease quite common in Bihar - i.e. cheating in exams, impersonating is taking roots in MP and first point is medical as it is even today most sought after.

Only time IIT JEE paper were out and exam was held twice was in 1997 - it happened in Bihar though paper were sold in Lucknow.

Same happened with CAT in 2003. Once again A biahri was a culprit.

It is not uncommon to see Bihar slogging for 3-4 years to get admission in professional colleges thus distorting the field and they were a major reason why IIT boards restricted number of attempts to 2.

Now they are spreading this disease to our beloved Indore as well. Earlier it would be isolated case of some paper setter leaking question in gwalior or bhind morena area but now name of Indore also stands to be spoiled.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Andher nagari chouapat Raja

Should not he concentrate more on rain harvesting or completing all pending water resources projects in state??


भोपाल। भगवान इंद्र प्रदेश पर मेहरबान हों, इसके लिए मध्य प्रदेश के मुख्यमंत्री शिवराज सिंह चौहान बाबा महाकाल को मनाने में जुटे हुए हैं। फरवरी से शुरू हुआ सिलसिला 5 जुलाई को महाकाल की नगरी उज्जैन के निवासियों को भर पेट भोजन कराने के साथ समाप्त होगा। भोज की मेजबानी का जिम्मा और खर्च शिवराज खुद उठा रहे हैं। भोज में लगभग पचास हजार लोगों के भोजन का इंतजाम होगा।

मध्य प्रदेश में पिछले दो साल से कम वर्षा हो रही है। बुंदेलखंड, बघेलखंड और ग्वालियर अंचल में दो साल पहले सूखा पड़ गया था। इस साल ठीकठाक पानी नहीं बरसा तो पीने के पानी के साथ-साथ बिजली के लिए भी मारामारी मच जायेगी। सो, इस बार प्रदेश भर में वर्षा के लिए तमाम टोटके आजमाये जा रहे हैं। मुख्यमंत्री ने भी भगवान को मनाने का बीड़ा उठा लिया है। फरवरी माह में उन्होंने गणेश पूजन के साथ कम बारिश वाले इलाकों में सोमयज्ञ कराने का संकल्प लिया। संकल्प दिलाया शोलापुर महाराष्ट्र के श्री योगीराज वेद विज्ञान आश्रम के सोमाजी नाना काले ने। कहा जा रहा है कि पिछले साल इस आश्रम ने मध्य प्रदेश विज्ञान और प्रौद्योगिकी परिषद की मदद से जिन-जिन स्थानों पर सोमयज्ञ कराये थे, वहां इसके परिणाम काफी सकारात्मक रहे। इसीलिए इस साल भी इसी आश्रम की सेवा ली गई और लोगों की उम्मीद भी कुछ ज्यादा ही जुड़ गई है। उज्जैन में गत 13 मार्च को सोमयज्ञ की पूर्णाहुति हुई थी, जिसमें मुख्यमंत्री ने भी शिकरत की थी। इसके बाद उज्जैन में ही अतिरुद्राभिषेक शुरू हुआ। उस दिन चौहान सपत्‍‌नीक उज्जैन में भजन-कीर्तन करते घूमते रहे। ग्यारह दिवसीय इस महाभिषेक की पूर्णाहुति 5 जुलाई को हो रही है। इसी अवसर पर नगर भोज का आयोजन रखा गया है।