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Letter to Mr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India

July 1, 2009

Mr. Manmohan Singh, PM of India

 I am working for the welfare of society and engaged in research on how to improve the livings of oppressed, deprived and poor citizen of India. I am providing some idea on this in this letter, and your thinking in direction of this would be highly appreciated.

 I see government is spending lot of money on Gramin Rozagaar Yozana or other welfare programs but in reality, this is not as impressive as it should be. This is only because of corruption in the distribution system. Mostly the government officials and brokers are getting benefited of such programs and it reaches to very few real people. So what is use of this extravaganza of expense until we don’t have honest system to dispense the programs? Therefore I am proposing to have some budget for good governance and decentralization of power at root level. Many politicians have thought about decentralization of power but its implementation is not as affective as we expect. I am proposing to think in line of having system at district level for improving the governance as it is currently having at states’ level. We can experiment with it in few districts and if it’s successful, later we can think of Tehsil and block level. Below I discuss, how it will work: 

  1. Formation of district level assembly at district similar to states level assembly. The district level assembly should work in same line of state assembly and will govern the resources of district. The state should not interfere with its functioning until it works against constitution and state could act like centre as it acts in case of states. This way there would be no need for splitting bigger state into smaller one but we can split larger districts into smaller one for the good governance.
  2. A district governor post should be created and it should be directly elected from votes at district level. The governor should have constitutional authority at district level as a CM has at state level. Each Gram Pradhan should be member of district assembly and district governor should have right to assign post of secretaries from the elected Gram Pradhans. He/she can choose any gram pradhan for this post irrespective of political affiliation. There should be created a compulsory corruption removal department to look over and punish the corrupt government officials and elected members who practices the corruption.
  3. Each secretary selected from gram pradhans for a department would have assistant secretary as head of that department and could be an IAS officer.  This could help in creation of more positions for IAS officers and results in employments for youth. All the departments’ officials should have same format as it’s operating currently. We can hire IAS officers as per the number of departments and district governor will have right to transfer or dismiss the IAS officer without involvement of state government. Useless IAS officers can be transferred to state by district governor.
  4. There could be a district level Lok-Pal who can monitor the functioning of district government and can have power to take action against district governor or secretaries (Gram Pradhans) on their wrong doings and recommend impeachment for district governor. Also, public should have right to recall any district level elected members if 51% of elected members’ constituents are not happy with functioning of an elected member.
  5. The general public, not in government and follows the law of land, should be treated superior than district governor and every elected member should give respect to the public and think public as their boss.
  6. All the elected members should be paid and treated as public servant. This will allow many educated young unemployed youth to get jobs as elected members and chance to serve the people of a district.
  7. This system will help public to get their grievances handled very quickly and in quality manner, and there will be no need to spend money on getting hold of MLA or MP to help them on their complaint or visit to state’s capital. The general public will be more capable to visit district than state’s capital. They can find their representative (Gram Pradhan) everyday near them right there in their village.  Gram Pradhan can raise the poor’s voice and complaints everyday in district assembly to be taken care by respective officials immediately.
  8. All other formats of government will work as is; expect the district government’s employees and district level decisions should be made by elected government at the district level. There would be need of budget for this but, if there is a will, there is way. Like, we spend too much on other governments programs without having good results, why not we could cut budget from them and divert to this novel and innovative idea.
  9. There should be no difference between the government employees such district governor, secretaries (Gram Pradhans), IAS/IPS officers, clerks or Lekhpals of an office in providing the government facilities except the division of constitutional authorities and salaries. The district governor, secretaries or IAS/IPS officers will work as office manager of a government organization and there is no need to provide the facilities that have filtered from British rule to enjoy lavish life king size. This will help us in avoiding those elements to enter in politics or government services who think it as status symbol or rulers and not a public servant. This will also cover in saving money to implement this scheme.

 Please write me at vinay_k_singh@hotmail.com for more details on district level constitution.

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Why Lalgadh Incident Happened

July 1, 2009

Where the money is going? Why development is not visible as it should be? Why people (people here mean suppressed, deprived and poor citizen of India) are revolting against government? Why civil war like situation is erupting. The answer of all these questions is only one, the corruption in the system. Yes, due to problem of corruption so rooted in system of India, people are getting frustrated and want to take the Law & Order in their hand. People are not getting what they expect, they are not getting their rights, there is no one addressing their grievances in timely manner and listening request against corruption, there is no action taken against corrupt officials, then what are the options left for the people. Governments are not serious about the corruption and when people start taking Law & Order in their hand and use arms, government is asking to short the issue in democratic way. I don’t know why government is not taking action when people request to do so but when it goes out control, then only the government awakes. I have been requesting governments since last two years to be serious about corruption, which the real root of the problem, but governments are not serious about it and I have not yet seen any mobilization on removal of corruption. Is the democratic way of demanding our right is really working?

 I would like tell you my own story here. Once I was on a tour and wanted to travel from Siligudi to Calcutta (in West Bengal) with my family by bus. There was a government bus standing on the bus-stop and there were plenty of seats available and there was half hour left to depart from Siligudu to Calcautta. I went to booking window for the ticket. There was no one in queue and I was the first and asked for the ticket. The booking clerk told me that I have to pay Rs 50.00 additional apart from fare for each ticket, if I want to travel today, else if want to book for next day, there will no additional bribe to pay. I fought and asked there are seats available and I will not pay a single paisa in bribe. If you don’t give the ticket, I will report to higher authority. The booking clerk told me to leave the window immediately and go and report wherever you want. I requested other senior officials presented there and they told the same thing that I have to pay for this. Everyone pays and his is the part of system. I was really frustrated and though to take law and order in my hand and slap everyone there. Even, I wanted to kill these government officials but no one was there to support me and since I was with my family, I didn’t want to trouble them and go to jail. I left the booking window and went to private bus stand and got tickets for Calcutta. This is what happening everyday in the life of general public. People are forced to pay for their rights and there is no punishment for corrupt officials. This is making poor a poorer and rich a richer everyday. What is the solution for this? We choose government to work on issue our public facing everyday to improve the life but after a long wait, there is no improvement. Government is spending so much money but why don’t we see any change? How long people will wait? This will create anger in people and in anger; people will take arm in their hands and will start a fight with government for their rights. Then what government will do? They will fight a war with their own people with government machinery and there will start havoc, a civil war. I don’t think this scenario is very far way and people demand for their rights can’t be suppressed so long and even military operation can’t help.

 I read the central government agenda for first 100 days in a newspaper but I nowhere read any reference to corruption, the root cause of the failure of the welfare programs. Sometimes I think that if government will not work on my request, I should start an organization to fight with government. Name the organization as “Bhrastachar Mitao Sena” (Corruption Removal Army). This will employ the unemployed youths and warn the government employee on the line of, ‘don’t bribe, else face the consequences’. This organization will try to work with government employees and if they will not mend, the organization will take law and order in its own hand. Like minded people and friends are supporting this idea. Please suggest what do you think?


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