with love to indore

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Indore zoo : to hide incomeptence use of religion

Many animals have died in Indore zoo recently. Obviously if everyone in IMC is busy in making money in construction boom who cares for animals.

I wrote before as how white tiger cubs were made playthings for BJP leader krishnamurari moghe's family.

those three unfortunate cubs are dead now.

and instead of trying to find reason of infection or disease in animals, our Mayor and zoo in charge Anil bindal have come up with solution of holding a yagya in zoo premises.

I don't know whether such things are even permitted by animal welfare laws!!

seriously as they say in northern England queer as folk

Malwa Utsav

I could not stop myself from writing this post as I was witness to this naked propaganda event in its worst form.

time was 6-6 30 pm and an open truck (normally used for marketing ,that also after permission from authorities) was stopping at various places starting from Gandhi Hall to shastri bridge to all the way on MG road greatly inconveniencing normal public, holding traffic, and not to mention noise pollution. some pertinent points :

1.Does Indore need a so called 'Utsav' at this point of time? City is looking at another year of drought and prices are sky rocketing. Are people in a mood to celebrate?

2. Even if IMC i.e. Indore Municipal Corporation gives a logic that we need occasions to forget our worries , just now Navratri has ended , Dussehra is over just yet and Diwali is around the corner. Who cares for this so called Malwa utsav?

3. IMC does not have moeny for dengue control but is spending lakhs on this? How can elected representatives of people allow such kind of expenses in budget?

4. All said and done , if festival is to be organized why this show on road? Who gives permission for this? How can you allow someone hold full city at ransom? Traffic was held like anything. Kind of money wasted in fuel, sound pollution and time wasted can not be compensated by this so called 'jansevaks' ?

5.Many VIP vehicles were honking their horns and passed through the road without botheirng to find out what is hapening. they anywyas had their red lights and first right of passage.

6. While returning I could see traffic jawans busy in stopping two Wheeler and making challans (and pocketing money) near Mahatma Gandhi statue, surprisingly none of them could be seen controlling traffic minutes before

7. If people tried to take alternative routes, all road sign and boards were covere with smiling pictures of BJP and congress leaders (mainly Kailashji and Kripashankar shukla) greeting people for Diwali and Dussehra with their innumerable minions. Such brazen encroachment of public property in heart of indore.

In fact office of SP is on the same square in front of this statue of Mahatma Gandhi.

So in front of Gandhi, SP and top leaders someone can hold city traffic because municipal elections are near and he wants to make publicity statement with the money of IMC

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Women welfare

We have a woman as MP for last 20 years, had a lady CM and at every point of time at least one MLA has been woman in last 10 years, a woman mayor but still our state and particularly Indore lags behind even places like Orisa and UP in terms of how we utilize funds of central government schemes. Just some examples

working women hostel :
my doubt is most of these are only on papers.

at least in Indore it lists following
All India Women's Conference, Indore 1981-82 Indore 30 30 completed
Pragathi Mahila Kendra, Indore 1983-84 Indore 92 0 completed
Bhartiya Grameen Mahila Sangh, Jawahar Marg, Indore 1986-87 Indore 28 0 completed
Indian Red Cross Society, Indore, 1988-89 Pradesipura Indore 51 0 completed

My guess is most of these are on paper.

In a scheme called STEP whereas other states have got huge funds we have zero allocation

same holds true for a scheme called ujjawalla

swadhar scheme does have listing but almost all of them are parivar paramarsh kendra of MP police so no NGO activity of worth name.


one can go on and on if one tries to look in detail in to different schemes and their allocation.


So what is our MP Sumitra Mahajan doing?

Thursday, September 17, 2009

drought year, Navratri & Indore

Since last one week headlines of newspapers and new channels are screaming about expenses of our ministers but those pointing fingers at public personalities never bother to have look at what we are doing.

When there was huge water crisis in city, despite appeal by administration every tom dick and harry who thinks he is a politician or social leader in Indore too out 'GER' (a unique indore tradition of processions on holi - festival of color) and wasted gallons and gallons of water.

Now Navratri is around the corner and so is municipal elections so how can our 'bhaiya' let go off opportunity to organize garaba nights at every roundabout and waste money but just take one litre petrol and go 100 kms from indore in an direction dhar, jhabua or khargone and one would see people , mostly tribal villagers , who can be really helped by this money.

but as I said in my earlier post as people we are touched by tokenism and politicians exploit this to hilt.

Our own Holy cow : Shivraj Singh Chouhan

If three idiots ruling or nation are doing something how can three musketeers ruling MP be left behind.
So now our CM is going by economy class but I will just put one news which appeared in papers a few days back along with this news item

he had done antic of going by cycle also for few days just before election were due in MP.



his idea of promoting sports in state are also miserably wrong. Arjun award winner from mp in many years was sent by special plane to Delhi to get the prize. Now this fellow went to army and that is how he became a sportsman , no contribution of state government. If government would have given him the cash reward equivalent to cost of special plane (8-10 lakhs I presume) , it wold have been more helpful to player.
but our nation thrives on tokenism.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Indore MLA in Madhya Pradesh Assembly

Though RTI is in place, IT revolution is blowing with its full force ( our IT minister Kaiashji will testify this) but website of MP assembly ( ) is poor. On its daily proceedings it only lists who spoke and on what topic. What did he or she speak is not there i.e. transcript of speeches is not there so there is now way of knowing for a voter to know whether his MLA is raising questions pertaining to welfare of his/her assembly constituency in Bhopal or not and if yes then what exactly is he / she speaking.

One very sad part about all this is that MLAs from ruling party think that even raising issue of public importance or pointing to deficiency of government is some kind of anti party activity, so even after being low in membership almost 2/3 rd time in assembly is taken by congress MLAs some of their MLA speak almost on a daily basis on issues in their areas.

Most unfortunate is Indore, due to factionalism in BJP and vested interest of almost all our MLAs they almost never speak in assembly. A casual perusal of assembly proceedings made it abundantly clear and obviously this is never news in papers in Indore:
1. July 28 – sudarshan gupta spoke on death of people in flood and tulsi silawat on power cut .some 7 committee members were nominated by speker amounting to 88 members. But only 2 MLAs from indore i.e. Malini aur and Sudarshan Gupta found space in them
2. July 27 – act related to VAT amendment and entertainement tax were presented but no one spoke
3. July 24 – Sudarshan gupta spoke about hygiene in various parts of Indore and one member outside Indore i.e. Ajay singh spoke about atrocity on a Dalit famly in indore. Discussions were held on various bills including Boj open university but once again participation was lacking from Indore MLAs
4. July 23 – Kalpana Parulekar did raise issue of pension scam in Indore but she was silenced by impartial speaker saying inquiry is on (since last 3 years) and as matter is sub judice no question can be asked. Long live speaker. No one from indore spoke or took part in various discussions
5. July 22 – discussion on demands of sports, revenue, food and public distibutio, education and women welfare & forest. Malini Gaur took part in forest and women welfare debates. President of MP Olympic association Mahesh Joshi and president of various sports bodies in state are Ramesh mandola and Kailashji but they did not deem it fit to speak on demand of the ministry
6. July 21 – sudarshan gupta spoke on western ring road ( a huge real estate mess)
Discussion on demand of grants of higher education, tribal welfare, agriculture, co operatives minsiteries. Malini gaur took part in higher education
7. July 20 - demand of grants for home, culture, PWD. Surprisingly none of our esteemed MLAs spoke. All of them head one or other cultural organizations in city but it appears they do not want to share their expertise with other people in state. Law and order is a big concern for indore city but none of our MLAs showed any interest. Similarly roads , how to make where to make is a topic of daily debate in Indore but once again no one showed interest.
8. July 17 – congress MLAs of Indore raised issue of crime in Indore. Demand of grants for panchayati raj ministry, water resource and power. No one from Indore spoke. Kailashji did speak on one nongovernmental resolution of teachers to be employed only in teaching no other work. As one can surmise this was a rhetorical discussion with no substance or result.
9. July 16 – demand of housing, commercial tx, IT, industry, food processing, village industry but no one took part except Kailashji who is minister for many of them
10. July 15 – administration, local bodies and finance ministry and surprisingly none of our esteemd MLAs spoke while local bodies seems to be a favorite area of their concern if one goes by their daily interference in Indore IMC
11. July 14 – general discussion on budget. Malini gaur spoke. Members were elected for various house committees. Some 51 members and only two i.e. tulsiram silawat and Jitu jirati became members of two committee
12. July 13 – no one spoke
13. July 10 – Nil
14. July 9 – Sudarshan Gupta spoke about electric connection to slums. discussion on water crisis in state and none of MLAs from Indore spoke.
15. July 8 – ashwin joshi took part in adjournment motion on law and order
16. July 7 – no one spoke
17. July 6 – Nil

All this indicated that some of our MLAs like Mr Mahendra Hardia, Ramesh Mandola and Jitu Jirati are so shy of speaking in assembly that they did not even bother to represent interest of their voters or government. Ashwin Joshi and Tuli Silawat did speak on couple of occasions and so did Malini Gaur and Sudarshan Gupta but except Sudarshan Gupta no one actually raised issues pertaining to indore. Another absence was Satyanarayan Patel who had almost become our MP. I wonder what he would have done in Parliament if does not bother to speak in assembly.

Gyandoot

This is the only scheme from Madhya Pradesh which won prices outside and was discussed much and formed part of many books and papers in academic, management and administrative institutes.

Even at that time I wondered about it as I ahd never heard of them, local media was never talking about it and worse i wondered how such thing could work in Dhar - a tribal district whose first needs are employment, power and water and not ICT interventions.

The hero of this saga i.e. Dr Rajesh Rajora had an inceremonious exit one year back when he was caught in income tax raid for a scam in health department. But I used to think may this fellow started good but later succumbed to allure of money.


Based on detailed investigations I have discovered that I was wrong, even this scheme was a quick fix to win rewards.

We punsih those army and police officers who do fake encounter killings for winning awards, but what about those administrative officers who waste away precious resources on such schemes to win awards?


"GYANDOOT - Gyandoot is an Intranet based Government to Citizen (G2C) service delivery portal commissioned in Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh (a state in central India) in January 2000.
The Gyandoot society comprises of the District collector, the CEO of the Zilla Parishad and members of the participating departments. The society also comprises of an operations team, who are responsible for the functioning of the “Soochnalaya”, which are the physical citizen centre “avtar” of Gyandoot . Unlike other states, where the model is based on Public-Private Partnership, the Zilla Parishad provides and manages the “Soochnalayas” with the help of “Soochaks”, who work on a part time basis. Most of the services are available on a chargeable basis and range from Rs. 5 to Rs. 25.
The processing of services is severely restricted, as the back-end government departments do not have a technology enablement of their processes. Therefore most of the backend processes are manual and the Gyandoot application is only a way to input queries and extract information. There is no significant saving of time or costs.
On the front end, Gyandoot is facing the problem of identifying and deploying appropriate power and communication technologies that offer satisfactory service levels while keeping the infrastructure costs low. Increasing the number of “Soochnalayas” and including more revenue generating services can only offset the infrastructure costs. Post-implementation, Gyandoot not only faced issues with respect to non-availability of sustained power and network connectivity, but also had to also grapple with the low awareness of the “Soochnalayas”. Word of mouth played an important way to communicate the role of the “Soochnalayas” and the create awareness of the services offered by them.
The service offered were a mix of information related and transaction based services. A nominal service charge was levied for some of the services offered. The services that were most in demand related to the following:
• Mandi prices
• Khasra Nakal Avedan
• Certificates relating to caste, domicile and income
• Grievance redressal
The Gyandoot initiative had to also contend with issues related to higher transaction costs in some cases. This was primarily due to increase in travel costs due to the location of the “ Soochnalayas”.
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Challenges faced by the Gyandoot initiative:
 Poor power and communications backbone
 Information available through Gyandoot not updated on regular basis
 Low awareness of the services offered by the “Soochnalayas”
 Location disadvantage of the “Soochnalayas”, resulting in increase in transaction costs