disha wrote: Agnimitra wrote:
Is this true?
Water crisis in most parts of Ahmedabad - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHOCYwHhRUQ
Modhwadia is saying that for all these years there was no problem with rains, but only this year there was a problem and now there is a water crisis.
Yeah it is big blow to Modi. In several areas of Ahmedabad where the housing is properly registered and have functioning societies they have 24 hour "sweet water" supply
Big blow to Modi.
disha wrote:Guys, here is something to chew on:
1. Is there corruption in Gujarat? Absolutely.
That is half the battle won for many.
I'll tell my observation. There is definitely corruption in Gandhinagar. No state in the world can claim it is 100% free of corruption. There is some amount of corruption at the babu level. The thing is NM has given power to babus that they don't have to go to ministers for every petty thing. Some level of decisions are made at the babu level who have protection of policy and budget allotment. This was done to speed up the development work and not to wait for Mantri's signature. Mantris are bottleneck in any decision. They would bring in every kind of political suggestions/amendments/rejections/corrections etc. The mechanism is completely opposite to how UPA and Saint Antony in particular works. The process is decentralized to get the stuffs realized fast. But like all very good things this also has its own hazards. I will give three examples.
1. The ITI's have been greatly modernized across the state. Budget is not an issue. The budget allocation for infrastructure per collage is at least twice or thrice that what is actually required assuming we buy stuffs for own house. The babus have all the power to spend this budget albeit they have to show the actual spending in terms of real instruments inducted in the collage. Now what babus do is they get a contractor who will routinely "upgrade" the instruments. In every ITI there are latest and greatest computers. But they are upgraded too often unnecessarily. All the teachers get a new 32 GB pen drive every two months
without having to return the old one. This is because pen drives get corrupted in two months due to excessive use
. But at least the staff and students do get good infrastructure.
2. All the government collages need to have very good
infrastructure. A govt collage of A'bad got passed its budget of 80 lakh
to improve the infrastructure which includes library, sports room, staff rooms (with A/C), compound, canteen etc. Each subject taught in the collage will get minimum of 30K only to purchase new books for library. For the subject of English 12K was spent and rest went to babu/professor/principal. All the staff rooms, chambers, hall etc. needed to be A/C. Each 5 start A/C came for 80K
. Don't know figures about the sports room but in the end they inducted TT table, pool table, carrom table etc. All these sanctioned by babus.
3. Now something bigger. For the green house farming the top babu has power upto 1cr subsidy. It is common knowledge that you have to keep 20L aside for babus out of 1cr. But the result today is GJ is (probably) does maximum green house farming among all states. GJ's agri growth should be attributed to this also.
So people can draw their own conclusion. If anyone thinks that NM's first priority would be to root out corruption then he is wrong. He will try to reduce it through the use of technology and by devising policies that reduces the power of discrimination. But his first priority will be to get things done. He doesn't mind corruption as long as it is within limit - that's is what my understanding of him is. And he will protect babus also.