with love to indore

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Opium of Malwa

If one goes by this link
Opium growers of Malwa are in trouble

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Mid day meal in Indore

As we all know Nandi foundation running mid day meal scheme in Indore,Bhopal and Jabalpur school and doing a reasonably good job than govt agencies but at this page on their site while no of children in Bhopal and Jabalpur are approximately 56 k and 53 k respectively it is only 6k in Indore?

In fact if one looks at this page one will be amazed to find that in dozen odd cities they serve across India numbers are at least 20 k at each place and per school number of kids is also large but only Indore has so less children...


Naandi foundation in Sheopur

By all indicators Sheopur is Kalahandi of MP

area repeatedly reports hunger deaths in dry season and is almost absent from radar of planner in state

Nandi foundation is doing some very ood work here in the filed of education

Saraswati of Hoshangabad

Story of a disabled and poor but brave woman


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

People who make Indore proud - Ms Anuradha Shankar

Most corrupt part of our administration is police

In Indore I have mentioned about two inspectors being caught while actually acting like criminals

Now at least a beginning is being made to set thins in order

Recruitment of lowest label of police i.e. constables is being done and this is the place where political parties try to fill slot with their people

Hopefully this new captain of Indore police will ensure thins are done as per rule book

Wishing you all the success

She has done many other things to improve working

Almost 7 TIs have been punished

years old warrants are being executed even against people of Nigeria and Nepal - something about which old police brass never cared

she is insisting on fitness level of police officials

only blot on otherwise unblemished record was bowing to political pressure and suspending a police inspector from Annapurna becuae ego of Mr Jitu Jirati was hurt

Friday, January 13, 2012


thank god Youth congress and BJP have not hit upon this idea in Indore yet


1.The circumstances under which accurate perception is most difficult are exactly the circumstances under which (policy) analysis is generally conducted–dealing with highly ambiguous situations on the basis of information that is processed incrementally under pressure for early judgment. This is a recipe for inaccurate perception.

2. There is a risk that we identify the problem inaccurately because of various pressures: for instance, there is scarcely a policy area where political, ideological, media, personal and time pressures do not affect the policy analyst and/or decision-maker.

problem of administration at DAVV?

3. Similarly, “memory” poses risks. What, why and how much one remembers are questions. Also, as shown masterfully in Akira Kurosawa’s “Rashomon”, different persons can remember different things even when it is about the same objective event.

Our approach to solve water issue is just to get more water (narmada stage 3) without worrying about costs and sustainability just because there was a struggle to get it in first place years back which succeeded

4. Memory and perception are linked to “job experience”. Given what we know about the difficulties in perception and memory, what can we say about the value of experience?

Experience with BRTS will kill all innovations in transport for near future

5. There is an inherent tension between experience as a “been there done that”/”it won’t work”, and experience as a “shoulders of giants”.
trying to copy Delhi metro or IT park of Bangalore

7. Causation vs Correlation. Just because the sun rises after the rooster crows, it doesn’t mean that the sun rises because the rooster crows. I call this the Oldest Mistake in Public Policy (OMIPP). See why correlation does not imply causation.
Economic growth and eminent position in MP has led to people from small town coming here for education. Mistaking it for Indore becoming an education hub

8. Anecdotal vs Empirical. One common fallacy is to presume what you see/observe is the general problem. For instance, a person who observes that in a particular village, poverty is linked to exploitation by absentee landlords, might conclude that poverty in all villages is due to this cause. The person might then decide to pursue an anti-poverty policy across the whole country that targets absentee landlords. This can have dangerous and disastrous consequences if rural poverty elsewhere due to other causes.

There could be places where crime is related to late night pubs (e. .) Bombay or Bangalore..Police closing shops in Indore at 10 does not make sense

9. Fallacies: ideological blinders. Often the problem is defined (as are the solutions) before the problem is perceived. A ‘villain’ is assigned and all problems assigned to him. Policy then is about attacking the villain and being engaged in a war to defeat the villain. The actual problems are incidental to this.
All ills of colleges on faulty evaluation or semester system

10. Fallacies: bureaucratic blinders. “This is the way the department has always tackled the problem. This is the right way, if only XYZ were taken care of.” This leads us to fail to question why XYZ is the cause of policy failure? If XYZ can’t be changed in reality, then does this approach make sense?

the way cooperative department is working in indore

11. Fallacies: Hope & despair. The former causes one to repeat mistakes. The latter causes one not to try new approaches.
Hopelessness with MY hospital and hope with IDA which keeps on making mistake after mistake in terms of schemes

12. Fallacies: “It’s my baby”. First, policymakers might be wedded to certain proposals or projects and want to implement them at all costs. (Corollary to this is the “not invented here” syndrome). Second, policymakers might get personally attached to the programme and prevent more competent/skilled people from managing it. Often, the skills & aptitude required for breakthrough thinking are different from those required for implementation.

BRTS, IT Park , Rajbada modernization, multi level parking , MR10

ideas for indore - opportunity for textile sector

read this news with its depreciated currency and English lingua franc a Zimbabwe is right place for textile magnates from Indore

Monday, January 9, 2012

A2Z waste disposal in Indore

One can rest assured that waste disposal in city is going to be screwed up even in coming year as the company with the contract is not exactly in pink of its health


Sunday, January 8, 2012

Ruchi Soya underpaying labour

Look at the salaries they are giving to labour

AHMEDABAD: A labour dispute at India's largest cooking oil company Ruchi Soya's Patalganga unit in Maharashtra has disrupted palmolein oil and sunflower oil supply across Maharashtra, Gujarat and parts of Madhya Pradesh.

Sarvesh Shahra, who heads Ruchi Soya's FMCG division, acknowledged that the strike has disrupted supplies. "Since the third week of December, production at our Patalganga unit (processing 0.33 million tonnes annually) has been disrupted. The union at the plant has certain demands which we are negotiating so as to resume operations. Our units in Kandla, Nagpur, Indore and Mangalore have stepped up their supplies focusing on consumer packs from half litre to five litre to ensure regular supply and keep prices on check," he said.

The company has a refining capacity of 3.2 million tonnes annually and crushing capacity of 4.1million tonnes annually.

A union leader said delayed increase in salaries of employees has led to the disruption. "Over 600 technical workers of Ruchi Soya are demanding salaries to be increased by 6,000 a month since the past one year. With the company not relenting to our demand we have taken certain steps since the first week of December which might disrupt their operations," said Kamgar Congress Union president Babu Thomas.

Currently technical staff is getting a salary of 4,300 a month and a person with a work experience of more than 20 years is getting maximum 6,000 salary a month, he said.

"In the unit, there are only two boiler operators whereas there should be four. These workers were doing a 12-hour shift with no holiday for the past six months. We are ensuring that people work for only 8 hours, get their weekly off and don't work on holidays," he added. Thomas is also the vice president of the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee.

According to people close to the development, Ruchi Soya has offered to increase salary by 4,500 a month but the offer has not been accepted by the union.

Edible oil industry sources say supplies have been irregular for past one month and no deliveries have been made since January 2. National players such as Adani and Cargill and regional brands like Liberty are learnt to have stepped up supplies to fill the breach.

"The company was earlier quoting soyabean oil and sunflower oil prices but not any more. Edible oil prices are currently under check with edible oil supplies being increased by Adani, Cargill, Liberty Oil, Mewah Oil, Allana Oil, Gokul and others. We are worried that if demand for edible oil improves in the market then prices will further increase," said an edible oil manufacturer.

Brokers and traders, who had done forward contracts with the company, are worried about receiving delivery. "We enjoy good relations with our business partners and didn't anticipate the strike. As soon as the operations resume we will be honoring the contracts," said Shahra, who added that unions were a big challenge for industrial units in Maharashtra.

Both the union and the company have decided to mutually sort the issue and have not approached the police. "The issue was brought to our notice but no case has been filed and we consider it to be an internal labour problem. The issue has not led to any law and order problem in the area," said Khalapur Police Station (Raigad district), police inspector, I S Patil.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

holy cow

Sicular media is upset that people in MP will not eat beef now ( they normally also do not eat it is besides point)
but Shivraj has handled this badly no doubt

Rural immersion of IIM Indore

Among all the IIMs IIM Indore has this unique programme where they send MBA participants to district visit for one week during their course.
Needless to say cooperation by MP govt has also been important

This year they covered all 45 districts of M.P>, and I browsed through reports on tribal districts.
All reports are written in a very macro way,we met this , we observed that.
From an MBA student much can be expected, some sort of data, cost benefit analysis, SWOT.

1. there is no standard template for reports different groups have used different formats
2. In many cases it seems work was divided between different members and so change in font and spacing as one moves from one section to other is apparent
3. in many cases most of report is devoted to what a particular scheme is about or statistics about the district. these can be found anywhere , they should ive insights not platitudes
4. Jan sunwai was shown around as model but except one or two group which asked for its auditing and time bound resolution no one asked that what was need of this "darbar" like institutions in democratic polity. How are the normal channels working?
5. even for MNERA and Indira Awas yojna ( one roup calls it "awaj" yojna and report is uploaded un corrected on website) no data is presented
6. taking arguments given by officials like people here are lazy,do not want to work or working in cities is fashionable so they do not work here, on face value is not something expected from inquisitive minds
7. It would have been better to make these visits a research study (which could be funded by government of India or MP). You could easily take 2-3 schemes ( which in fact happened Jan sunwai, MNREGS, Indira Awas and self help group) and compare cross district data. It would have given valuable insights into implementation into tribal/non tribal, urban/non urban, lower caste/on lower caste districts or villages as sampling would have been random and there would be little observer bias as researchers are from out of state, neither govt official, nor NGO hired by govt.
8. simple time motion studies to see whether a particular work being done is being done in best way, or for example HR case study on a rural administration or supply chain case on transfer of PDS or organization behavior case on self help group would have been wonderful

here are some links for my readers

all said and done they are interesting observations and we should congratulate iim indore and students for this stupendous effort














Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Medical college admission scam in MP


BHOPAL: A Munnabhai MBBS scenario unfolded in Madhya Pradesh as six government medical colleges were found to be training at least 114 potential doctors who gained admission by fraud. The fear is there may be several doctors from these institutions who would have got in the same way and graduated and may be currently practicing.
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A government probe found that the students, mostly from rich families, had been joining MBBS courses since 2009 by paying crores between them to hire practicing doctors and talented medical students from UP, Bihar and elsewhere to write the pre-medical test on their behalf, forging photographs and signatures.

Medical education department sources said the middlemen had charged Rs 10 lakh to Rs 20 lakh from each student.
The fraudulent admissions into MBBS courses in Madhya Pradesh were part of an elaborate scam in which photos of imposters, instead of the actual aspirants, were pasted on the PMT application forms and admit cards, a government probe has revealed. This has now led to suspicions that some government officials linked to PMT tests may have been involved.

State minister for medical education Mahendra Hardia confirmed that 114 people had gained admission to MBBS courses through fraudulent means. "Imposters wrote the PMT for these people. The committee found that signatures and photographs submitted were clearly forged," he added.

The probe, headed by the state's joint director of medical education, submitted its report last month but the findings were revealed only on Wednesday. The investigation was ordered on complaints lodged in 2009.

The probe found that 26 of these fraudulent admissions happened in Bhopal, 36 in Gwalior, eight in Indore, 21 in Sagar, 15 in Jabalpur and eight in Rewa district.

The medical education department had filed a police complaint and FIRs have been registered against 56 students. Some 50 others have been suspended from their colleges. The Rewa Medical College has on its own filed a complaint with the district SP to book the eight identified students there.

But even before the committee submitted its final findings, the state medical education department had attempted a damage limitation exercise, rushing to introduce biometric identification system for PMT applicants. Admission seekers for MBBS courses in all government medical colleges have to henceforth provide their biometric thumb impressions twice - first before writing the exam and then during counselling.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Manifesto for municipal services


Can someone do such thing for Indore?

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Medical trials in Indore

I desisted from writing on this for full year hoping government will take some strong action but just like lawyers and CAs doctors are also a strong lobby in MP.

The eyewash and the way our clueless minister has justifies it speaks volumes about it and media is anyways sold so no troubling questions are being asked

These are the same doctors who refuse treating HIV infected patients and are known to bunk hospital and college duties...
what happened to oath?

a far more prudent would be IIT model where professors share revenue in 50 50 with institute for facilities but our health minister MR Hardis comes in news for distributing 1000 rs each to his party workers is obviously inapt to think this much

and to get enormity of this scandal loot at this page


and finally token action by medical council


and by government also

now our two ministers who have most probably received their cut are saying there is nothing wrong in it

For their foreign junkets doctors violated FEMA rules as well