Sunday, December 16, 2018

Our 211th Weekend Morning Round

Today on our 211th Weekend Morning Round, as part of our Mission Water Rich Puducherry, we revisited areas which were earlier bone dry, to check their status and the difference in water table. (Tsunami Quarters, Pondicherry University & Pondicherry Engineering College located in Kalapet area)

It was observed that there is an increase of about 4 mtrs in the level from 27 Mtr deep to now hover at about 23 Mtrs deep.
Likely to show more improvement with water flow to come towards the direction.
To sustain the momentum of Water - Rejuvenation, following key points were made for further follow up.
- To Caliberate the Ground Water table area wise, for specific area policies.
- Agriculture department + Public Works + Local Bodies to work together. As consumers and providers of water
- To encourage incentive based change of cropping pattern by farmers to ensure water availability round the year.
- To encourage use of recycled surface water instead of ground water for cooling and vegetation.
- To have an Inter state Co-ordination to reduce drawal of ground water by water industries situated in TN at border areas
- Percolation ponds created in Tsunami Quarters under CSR by Shasun Strides was seen. To be expanded.
- Pondicherry Engineering college to establish Water Treatment Plant & create 9 more Rain Harvesting structures and roof top harvesting.
- Asked the Engineering College and Pondicherry university to involve students in creating water pits or get in the alumni to support to save scarce government resources.
- And more.
- See pictures of the difference made.
Before and after. 👆👆

Friday, November 30, 2018

Today’s news ( so far read the English editions. Others yet to read )

Today’s news ( so far read the English editions. Others yet to read )
is having the HCM rant on financial sanctions and policy approvals by the Administrator’s office.
The fact is Grants in Aid and policy approvals are governed by General Financial Rules and the business rules besides other legal provisions.
And observance of these is the responsibility of the Chief Secretary along with his Secretaries. See Rule 59 of the business Rules. (Chapter VI)
It says as follows.
“The Chief Secretary and the Secretary of the Dept Concerned are several responsible for the careful observance of these rules......”
Hence every time the HCM and the Secretariat sends a file to Administrator’s office for a sanction and approval he and they do so because the rules demand it to be sent.
So once a file is received in LG Secretariat it demands an independent examination by the Administrator.
That is what this approval or sanction implies.
The long prevailing problem lies in the fixed belief of the HCM that the Lt Governor is a mere rubber stamp to endorse what ever is proposed by him.
Then why send the file?
Keep a rubber stamp in your own office and just stamp it yourself.
On one hand HCM sends the file and the other hand he cries foul and complains when the decision is not in accordance with his wishes.
One cannot send files with a pre expected decision.
Regrettably the HCM expects mere endorsements and not independent application of mind. And a decision which suits him even if it is in violation of financial or administrative rules.
This why the Lt Governor of Puducherry is also termed as an Administrator also.
I feel sorry for HCM that he continues to expect something which is not legally and morally correct.
Also what  is not in the short and long term interest of Puducherry.

Monday, October 29, 2018

‘We have saved Puducherry ₹20 crore’

#TeamRajNivas Along with #WaterRichPuducherry

 Team is on it’s 200th Weekend Morning Round. Reviewing Progress made in cleaning 86 KM of 23 Water Channels to water bodies NOW undertaken by Donors themselves. A Unique+historical Community Action & a model to follow @PMOIndia

This desilt has not happened since very long, also saving Govt Exchequer over 20 Crores which it could ill afford.
This is happening by work being got done directly by donor companies by paying the service providers directly.
PWD engineers supervised it.
No financial transaction has happened with Government. RajNivas acted as a bridge between the willing donor and the Machinery Provider.
A most unique and transparent community action.
A win win for all, Industry, agriculture, sanitation, environment, farmers, drinking water, and more.
A model replicable elsewhere. Government plays the role of a facilitator and breaks contractor raj.
These donors will now be awarded Swatchta hi Sewa awards on Nov 3 at RajNivas at 5 PM. U are invited.


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

The Secretariat decided to recall its financial powers under FR for Grant in aid.

The more we listen to officers and examine the requests for sanction for GIA ( Grant In Aid) files at the LG Secretariat the more it reveals how ‘ callously’ WE have been dealing with release and sanction of grants.
The Secretriat decided to recall its financial powers under FR for Grant in aid.
Erstwhile these files were not being put up to this office as a regular feature...( as records show)
In the past we have been releasing  moneys over the years without due precautions and scrutiny. As is evident so far. ( barring an exception)
Loss over loss was glossed over. Objections from auditors not complied with. And people entered for employment for salaries thru irregular means. And back doors.
Moneys sanctioned for specific purposes were breached and diverted to pay salaries.
Moneys were also released without the departmental policy to use these.
PSUs or Societies deviated from their core functions. And went into More and more of business without having core competences. Amassing huge losses and debts.
Leadership was both political and bureaucratic and both combined are responsible for this state of affairs over years.
Which is why Puducherry is reeling under a debt and not able to pay even its duly recruited employees in time.
It’s said no decision also is a decision.
This is what has been seen when no decisions were taken by combined leadership as a safe option.
It’s no more....
Every reequest for GIA is being closely examined and questions asked.
They are being made conditional to essential performance norms.
It’s a long haul.
It’s costing every bit of the energy at LG Secretariat to review. 
Yet it is limited. We are still at the tips of these icebergs.
This is to inform you it shall not be business/ appraisals as usual.
If a grant is given which is public money, people of Puducherry must get its returns with performance and without diversion.
The Incharge Secretary/ Head, now shall have to certify that objections have been met, no diversions have happened.
And no back door recruitment done.
Or else be prepared for the inevitable. It’s all about financial accountability from which none of us are immune.
Public servants must resist from being spectators and take responsibility for the administration they have chosen to be in. Or else files shall follow defaulters post retirement. As is already happening...
We shall share a list of observations once the first round of GIA is over. To educate and alert you.
If u want your pensions safe stop ignoring what is irregular. 

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Calls for alignment with nature..

Bedi calls for alignment with nature

Natural disasters are a product of the compromise on environmental rules and regulations as well as climate change, Puducherry Lt. Governor Kiran Bedi has said.

Talking about the floods in Kerala in the course of a press conference at the Indian Institute of Management-Kozhikode on Tuesday, she said that global warming and climate change were not sparing anyone, including the richest part of the world. “Several times, the United States of America had been hit the maximum. Climate change is not sparing anyone, the reason is the increasing population and the stress on mother earth, the stress on natural resources, water, air or land.”

Ms. Bedi said that over a period of time, with the increase in population, here had been enormous pressure on land in India. “There is high pressure on land for housing, agriculture, industry, and for institution building. Environmental rules and regulations have at many places got compromised. Many disasters are a product of this.”

She said that long-term consequences were not being explained and only short-term policies were being looked at. “As administrators, as community leaders, political leaders, we need to be in alignment when it comes to management of the environment. There are expert opinions, we need to respect them. Examine them respectfully and have a reason for their acceptance or rejection,” she said.

Both acceptance and rejection would have their own implications and only history would judge whether the reasons were right or wrong.

“There may not be any mala fide reason, it can be a bona fide error, a genuine error of understanding a situation,” she said.

Drawing lessons from the Kerala floods, one needed to be very sensitive to environment rules, the former police official said. “It is applicable not only to Kerala, but [also] to everywhere. We cannot compromise on nature, which shows its anger in a very difficult way. We need to manage the pressure on land for housing, agriculture, and industry. And, Kerala is one of the most thickly populated States in the country too,” she said.

Pointing out the difficulty in rebuilding of the rain-ravaged society, Ms. Bedi said that around 27,000 government employees in Puducherry had donated a day’s salary for the flood relief in Kerala. “It is not going to be enough. We may need more,” she added.

Call to practise yoga

Delivering the 23rd Foundation Day lecture at the Indian Institute of IIM-K, Ms. Bedi advised management students to practice yoga to keep themselves fit.

She said they should try to get up early in the morning and soak in the greenery around them.

“But don’t talk while doing yoga,” she said.

In a lighter vein, she requested Debashis Chatterjee, director, IIM-K, to provide mats to the students.

She encouraged the students to build “their foundation” by living each day to the fullest, prepare for the unexpected and be grateful for the present.

Sunday, August 05, 2018

My response to news appearing on what the Honble CM has reportedly said and published in the newspapers today. (Aug 6th 2018)

My response to news appearing on what the Honble CM has reportedly said and published in the newspapers today. (Aug 6th 2018)
By regular negative statements about the responsibility and accountability of the Lt Governor’s office and exhortations to public officials to undermine the directions of the Lt Governor, I am not sure whether the Honble  Chief Minister is realising that he is always hurting the speed of progress Puducherry, of which he is the Chief Minister.
If progress be his primary interest then he would not make such public pronouncements.
The responsibilities of the Lt Governor Office are clearly laid down under the Law and Rules. And if anyone needs to know, may please read them.
Even the recent Supreme Court Judgement about Delhi affairs the Honble  Judges have “hastened to add that it does not apply to Puducherry”. (Para 180)
I have by now spent over 26 months in Puducherry. Had the CM not weakened the collective efforts, and supported and asked his colleagues too, we would have been number one UT in India in all parameters.
I only wish to say as far as the office of Lt Governor is concerned it shall continue to follow the Law and the Rules and serve people of Puducherry to the maximum and continue to be a ‘People’s Nivas’ as their right.
As far as Public officials are concerned Senior Officers know that LG is their  ‘Accepting Authority’ as per their Performance Appraisals are concerned.
Hence their final assessment gets accepted or rejected here.
If they want outstanding reports they have to justify them by year round work.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Meditation kept the Thai boys trapped in a cave astonishingly calm

July 10, 2018 by PAUL RATNER

The story of the Thai boys soccer team trapped in a cave for two weeks has captivated millions of people around the world. Lost since June 23rd, the group spent ten days without any contact with the outside world. It was finally discovered on July 2nd and rescued on July 10th.

It turned out that Ekapol Chanthawong, the 25-year-old coach of the 12-player Wild Boars soccer team, is a former Buddhist monk. He spent a decade living as a monk and is a practitioner of meditation. It is that skill that has been credited with keeping the boys calm during this ordeal. In fact, when the British divers discovered them after ten days, the group was meditating.

Aisha Wiboonrungrueng, the mother of the 11-year-old Chanin, who was trapped in the cave, thinks the coach’s background definitely helped in this situation. Watching the video of the moment the boys were found, she thought it was very noteworthy how calm they were.

“Look at how calm they were sitting there waiting,” she said. ”No one was crying or anything. It was astonishing.”

Leah Weiss, a Standford expert taught by the Dalai Lama, told CNBC that meditating played a key role in keeping the group alive. It’s a kind of mental training that improves focus and compassion, according to the expert.

“For Buddhists, meditation is a go-to when distressed or in danger,” Weiss said. “Cognitive resources that would otherwise be hijacked by the threat can be accessed once again, meaning that problem-solving capacities increase."

In particular, she pointed out that "given that insufficient air and food was a major issue for the trapped boys, meditation is actually a very practicalresponse to both of these concerns."

Meditation creates a calming effect by slowing down the heart rate, breathing and metabolism, said Weiss. It also lowers the levels of cortisol and oxygen utilization. A meditating person would also emit less carbon dioxide.

More details about how the boys got trapped in the cave in the first place are to be uncovered, but it looks to be a very dramatic real-world demonstration of the power of meditation. The incident confirms a steadily growing body of research that shows how meditation and mindfulness practices lead to lower stress levels, improved positivity, and creativity as well as clearer focus and protection from depression.