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.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Its tragic to see many educational institutions callous towards water conservation needs.

Its tragic to see many educational institutions callous towards water conservation needs. Universities and colleges with large areas are only sucking out water without any anxiety on what it doing...
This is despite so much of awareness/appeals..
In fact educational institutions ought to have been in the forefront of sensitising young generations towards social needs which is as much their own survival..
What kind of youth are we mentoring as educationists?
What kind of teachers are we? Which is why today the poor have to suffer due to serious water pollution. Their water has been sucked out.
Some areas have become cancerous because of water contamination across the country.
At least the minimum duty we have is to conserve and save. And also generate it back? Learn to do so.
Public officials too must go on vigilance checks on a regular basis to identify such culprits and name and shame them. As nothing else seems to matter to them. They are selfish.
At least let us not add to a generation of youth which will be indifferent to other rights.
In the end they will be left with nothing for themselves too.

Sunday, July 01, 2018

As I felt this morning. Have a good day.

 As I felt this morning. Have a good day.

In Puducherry we are trying to change the way we have been working.
We are only making a small headway.
Not at the speed at which people need.
People are still complaining of garbage near by, a mosquito breeding pond, unclean and smelly water, public nuisance In the neighbourhood, delays in responding to their legitimate grievances, outdated skills, incorrect and unpaid bills, lack of data entry, lack of digitisation of records, absence of policies, and more.
Only recently we have removed all banners and now strictly enforcing it which is why all are complaining.
When all complain it means hopefully we are equal to all in law enforcement.
This is what it should be. When ALL complain it means we are being equally tough and not selective. We are not here to play favourites.
As Public officials our service gives us security in functioning. We must make that as our strength and perform without fear or favour.
If all department heads set themselves to improve their respective departmental performance even bit by bit every day Puducherry will be cleaner, neater, safer, more systematic, more organised, more law abiding in all respects including payments of their bills, and usage of Govt  services, respect its natural resources as responsible citizens.
We are here not for populism but performance. We are assessed in as performance appraisal not populism appraisal. Enforce the law for all for the good of all.
Wish to thank the officers in Municipalities the PWD, and the Ground Water Authority, Science and Technology, our Police Beat and Traffic regulation, Revenue Services for checking sand theft, power and property depts for getting after the defaulters by naming and shaming...
All for rising to the occasions in driving the small change. But it’s still not impacting enough to be called transformative.
The rural component needs to pick up. The land grabbing by vested interests must stop. Digital areas need attention. Speed of disposal needs a sense of urgency.
Policies need implementation...and more.
Best wishes.