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Sunday, July 16, 2017

When leadership can act as deterrence... against corruption in jails.

So much being exposed about corruption in jails. It's bound to be there wherever there is no transparency in its living and oversight.

Any leadership which wants to check corruption will ensure the following.

1 optimum use of technology. Install cameras all over and save recordings of it to be viewed and stored as evidence.
No one escape the eye of the camera.

2. Visit the Prisons regularly, personally.
3. Install feedback systems which protect whistle blowers.
4. And take need based action on feedback.
5. Bring in spirituality training in prisons not only for prisoners but staff too.
6. None of the above needs more budgets.
7. We can begin with what we have.                   
8. Try these few measures to begin with.
9. Key is, does the leadership want integrity???

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Who says Heavens are far? Made greener by Rain God's. Enjoy

Never realised that being a Functional Governor and being People Sensitive would cause so much of distress to some?

--Going by what has appeared in the papers today in Puducherry.
I am in Delhi today on the invitation of our Honorable President bidding farewell to all Governors and Lt Governors and Administrators.

It's so evident that going along with status quo is more acceptable to some.
And changing things for the better is disturbing.
Which is why many choose a safe route of No Change. Play safe. And let people suffer in so many ways.

I have seen this in al my life so far.
But I have believed in solutions for the benefit of people who we are meant for.
Hence none of this comes as a surprise to me.
I am for a duty to be done and will keep doing as per the laws and the rules.
The Judiciary is the final arbiter. We can always go to it. Let truth prevail.
I shall be back in Puducherry to resume my duties day just after another day.

Kiran Bedi.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Putting bureaucracy on notice. Open letter to them. Waited for a whole year for some to understand the need for the change


Such like deficient services do not do good to respect for governance. 
All seniors concerned ought to pay attention to matters which affect a common person the most.
If officers can find time to travel officially for several tours inside and outside Puducherry, and India, surely they can do so for issues pending which concern ordinary people.
Records of these deficiencies have been kept in your respective files and may get reflected in the annual appraisals due shortly.

Certainly in those where I am directly the accepting authority. And also in others as a record in their files. For information for future recall. Please do not take me lightly.
I am sorry to note some of you are not getting the grasp over the situation.
For whatever reasons. Some visible some known only to you.
You are delaying required field work.

And visiting your problems.
And also resolving them or seen to be.
All of my ninety weekend morning rounds are evidence of your performance or non performance and will be taken into account when reviewing your work.
You have another year ahead hopefully with me.
Kindly make amends.

You do not have a choice with me my friends.
It is my duty to distinguish performance from non performance. Or else I shall be unfair to those who did do against all kinds of odds.

I have been telling you this directly or indirectly. Some took it seriously some are still taking chances.
Such like deficient services do not do good to respect in governance.
All seniors concerned ought to pay attention to these.
If they can find time to travel officially for several tours inside and outside Puducherry, and India, surely they can do so for issues pending which concern ordinary people.
Records of these deficiencies have been kept in your respective files and may get reflected in the annual appraisals due shortly.

Certainly in those where I am directly the accepting authority. And also in others as a record in their files. For information for future recall. Please do not take me lightly.
I am sorry to note some of you are not getting the grasp over the situation.
For whatever reasons. Some visible some known only to you.
You are delaying required field work.

And visiting your problems.
And also resolving them or seen to be.
All of my ninety weekend morning rounds are evidence of your performance or non performance and will be taken into account when reviewing your work.
You have another year ahead hopefully with me.
Kindly make amends.

You do not have a choice with me my friends.
It is my duty to distinguish performance from non performance. Or else I shall be unfair to those who did do against all kinds of odds.
I have been telling you this directly or indirectly. Some took it seriously some are still taking chances.
The choice is yours.


The above pointed deficiency in service is just one instance. It's become a tipping point. 
This one was pending and concerned had assured it to be corrected.

Yet no system worthwhile was found in place. When simple things were possible without financial investments.
I have seen by now far took many in my last one year of working with you.
Hence make no mistake. Unless individuals concerned improve considerably, you alone shall be responsible for your reports which will stay with you forever.

No amount of your defence will work because it shall be based on my direct inspections or visits too.
I wish you all well. Please cooperate and get out of comfort zones.

Public service demands sacrifice of personal time as well. Which is why you came into it in the first place.
Just recall...

Kiran Bedi.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Systemising prison reforms in Puducherry to check recycling of crime.--The 3 Cs Model.

Along with Swachh Rallies, Yoga learning from RajNivas, opening up of RajNivas to People of Puducherry and putting in place strong vigilance systems and more, Team RajNivas has included focus on residents behind bars. Which is the Puducherry prison.

Object is to ensure prison works as a reformatory not a place of recycling of crime and contamination.

Once an inmate is inside prison he will get educated, skilled and learn
Once released he then shall be a valuable member of the society.

As a strong crime prevention and rehabilitation measure the released prisoner will be linked with the police beat officer of who will ensure close watch so that the released prisoner does not slip into alcoholism or bad company.

This will ensure methodical community policing in the real sense.
The Prison reform model will be a 3 Cs based. It shall be Collective, Corrective and Community based.

Educated and skilled prisoners inside along with missionary NGOs will be teamed up with.
Donations of Old Schools books shall be sought from schools to provide books to all inmates according to their need. ( no cost to the Govt in any way).
Yoga and hobbies too shall be NGO and CSR supported.
Puducherry Prison will be taken towards systematic and sustainable prison reforms.


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

No injustice can happen without the negligence or connivance of senior bureaucrats. They must stick to their duty for what they are appointed.

Puducherry medical seats repeated (year to year) Fiasco is testimony of criminal acts now under investigation by the CBI and administrative negligence now under inquiry by the CVC.

None of this was/is possible without acts of omission and commission of senior officers posted in various linked departments or supervisory and coordinating positions.

All officers are in position of responsibility to uphold the law and serve the people while following the law in letter and spirit.

Breakdowns and violations happen only when the seniors in position of responsibility decide to concede out of fear of annoying seniors or for favour of any kind.

When it comes to the stage of inquires and investigations no recorded instructions are invariably found on the file as is the experience. It's all verbal.

It is the lower functionaries who are left to fend for themselves.
Moral of the story for public officials is to perform their duty as per the law.
And in the interest of people and not vested interests.
Remain non partisan.
Do justice, not injustice. Be available to people and listen to their grievances.
And defend their lawful right.
If public officials will not do, where do the people go?
Justice is expensive and also takes time. Meanwhile people unduly suffer.
We public servants are there to ensure administration runs on equity and justice.
None of the past scams of 2G, Coal Scam, CWG and others could have happened had the public officials not conceded their responsibility out of fear or for favours.

The Court Judgements are evidence of this. 
I believe developments in Puducherry are good for the future of Puducherry. It will secure its scarce resources for appropriate use.

Public activism and Panchayat elections too must happen.
This will keep into focus the way the UT is administered and hopefully keep it under close watch of all agencies concerned.

Including the media.


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

This Criminal Negligence has impacted the whole of Puducherry.

The outlying UT of Puducherry needs a close watch by GOI and central agencies on its administrative & financial performance with integrity, accountability and transparency.
With expected surge of finances due to Smart city and several other Infra developments in the pipeline the UT despite its geographical distance and away from capital media gaze, must be kept under close scrutiny.

CAG at the end of the year when money is lost and damage done is not enough. It has not served the real purpose. Officers retired and politicians gone in many cases.
GOI must do active mid year reviews and social audits and correct early before damage is done.
Officers too need to be rotated to check in-breeding and over familiarisation with vested interests.
We have to save Puducherry from all forms of exploitation to protect its people.
Most of all encourage opportunities for next generation of leadership thru Panchayat elections and rural as fresh leadership to emerge.

Puducherry needs courageous activism in ensuring administrative performance and financial integrity.

Also in using its limited resources optimally, skill and upskill, while protecting its pristine natural and spiritual heritage.

Time for integrity and missionary activism.

#SavePuducherry from vested interests.

https://twitter.com/thekiranbedi/status/879893919936299009


Above criminal and administrative negligence has caused huge pain and disillusionment amongst people of Puducherry.

To prevent these from reoccurring we need to put in place systems of prevention, watch, inquiry, investigation, justice and fear of being caught and exposed.
Kiran Bedi.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

An update on expected Judicial Order today concerning medical seats for CENTAC cleared students vis vis Deemed Commercial Colleges.

Today's Judicial Order from the Honorable CJ's Court of Madras High Court ar 10.30 AM is likely to be historical not only for Puducherry but beyond.

Meritorious Students who have been denied admissions by Highly Commercial Deemed Medical Colleges demanding exhorbitant fees beyond reasonableness may be in for a jolt.

(Grapevine has it that they may go to Honourable SC for a Stay soon after the order is pronounced).
Our expectation for receiving justice is based on the kind of queries made by Honorable Judges during the hearings past two days.

Relief to students ( if it comes)
will give Precedence to Merit and Moral Authority over Commercial Muscle.
RajNivas was a respondent through its Mr Neethi Dhas, Secretary to Lt Governor, with its own Advocate as the views of RajNivas were at variance with that of Political Secretariat. ( which I believe partially changed the next day by a written affidavit to the Court).

We Pray for welfare of our students who are  the future healers of our country.

Team RajNivas went all out to secure justice for deserving students as much as they needed. We responded as a final institution of relief as its very purpose of existence.

Kiran Bedi: In RajNivas we daily work to give our maximum. Because we believe this the very reason for this Institution to be here. Kiran Bedi.