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will be eligible for the scheme. The state government has said it will provide the remaining 60 per cent funds for the project from its own resources. The concluding lines of his speech was a quote from a Walt Whitman poem To Think of Time (Canto 7).” Karthik said.” said the Rev. even for a pope, competing in other group.

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head of the party’s SC? but maximum prices available to the farmers with the highest surplus — that is,5 per cent in 2014. Issue orders immediately and inform the CM Secretariat. More than 2500 such appointments were made to various government colleges in Madhya Pradesh between 1980-85 without involving the State Public Service Commission All these appointments were regularised later by an appropriate enactment Although this is an extreme example of arbitrary appointment to government postsmost appointments in state governments are severely compromised and do not follow the prescribed procedure with any rigour Appointments in the central governmenthoweverare less arbitraryalthough the recruitment process is not designed to select the right person for the right job Indeedmost people recruited to man government positions are often not the right peopleeither by aptitude or by competence Once appointedfew government servants undergo any training In factfor the majority of government employeesthere is simply no facility for any training anywhere The government employees who undergo some form of training at the entry level seldom go through any other training program over the course of their long careers All the learning takes place on the jobfrom seniors and from colleaguesand in this processthe status quo is reinforced Mostly with a view to providing promotional opportunitiesthe bureaucracy operates at many more levels than is strictly necessary Since there are so many levels in every officepapers have to travel through all or most of these levels for a decision to be madeand at each level the individual concerned attempts to make some contribution or the otherout of habit or necessity or to assert his power in the hierarchy With so many levels aroundmutual consultations on file or through meetings is an inevitable consequence Every yearcentral and state governments enact several hundred lawsnot because there is a need for all of those lawsbut because it is easier to enact a law than to implement a program Most oftenlaws are alibis for inaction Of latelaws are being enacted at the prodding of civil society organisations with persistent backing from the media We now have laws guaranteeing jobseducation and soon foodthough everybody knows that an affected person would seldom go to court to demand his rights But we continue to demand more laws on all possible subjects and hope that these will be implementedhowever perfunctorilyby the same government servants In state governmentsthe secretary to the department or the head of department spends nearly 75 per cent of his working hours attending to personnel issues Transfer and posting of officialsdisciplinary proceedings against them and court cases occupy most of the productive time in a day Meetings and consultations take away most of the remaining timeleaving no scope for any sustained creative thinking or planning The administration is perpetually on firefighting mode It is overwhelmed by the sheer volume and complexity of issues it is expected to address So it is no surprise that most of the schemes and programmes devised by the government departments appear so bird-brained and flop on the ground It is from such a government that we keep expecting so much Even after passing thousands of laws and discovering that most of these do not get implementedwe keep demanding more laws It is nothing less than a kind of escapismnot confronting the reality and taking refuge behind laws behind new names and slogans Years agoVS Naipaul observed in that Indians were easily satisfied by the name of the thing without bothering about the thing itself Things will start to improve only when we will stop being obsessed with making more laws and do something concrete to change the way we administer We must begin with the recruitment of people into the government and eliminate all forms of arbitrariness and subjectivitypreferably by converting every recruitment examination into something like the JEE In order to do away with the personal interviewwhich is often used to favour preferred candidatesthe written test must include methods by which the aptitude and the preference of the candidate for the job concerned can be assessed A personal interview of any kind should be limited to only a few types of government jobs After recruitmentevery single employee must undergo appropriate training at regular intervals The multiple levels and hierarchies must be eliminated by merging some levels As a one-time exercise and to avoid employee resistancenobody needs to be terminated and everyone can be merged at a level higher than his present one Recruitments could then be made keeping in mind the reduced number of levels in the government This is eminently possible to implement Society must demand practical reform from the government and not encourage it to make more lawsestablish more institutions and come out with more reports We must not forget that the government is quite adept at doing all this If we are so easily satisfiedthe government will be happy to pass more laws and set up more institutions The writer is chief information commissioner of India For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Inder Malhotra | Published: January 24 2014 2:11 am It was only in 2011 that Islamabad offered MFN status to India but never delivered because of the popular reaction to the Urdu translation of the expression: ‘aziztareen mulk’ (PTI) Related News The recent India-Pakistan trade breakthrough was a long time in the making What is in a name That we call a rose by any other name will smell as sweet” said the Bard But that was nearly four-and-a-half centuries ago In present times things seem to have changed What better evidence can there be than the enormous fuss Pakistan has made for long years over the expression “most favoured nation (MFN)” trading status which almost all other governments and people around the globe have been using for nearly seven decades without any difficulty At last commerce ministers of India and Pakistan — Anand Sharma and Khurram Dastgir Khan respectively — sorted out the problem last week by dumping MFN and coining instead the phrase “non-discriminatory market access” to enable the two neighbours to trade with each other There is a long and painful story behind this highly belated accord After the 1965 war Pakistan broke off all trading relations with this country and the prohibition was made even stricter after the liberation of Bangladesh in 1971 The question of Pakistan giving India MFN status just did not arise because of Islamabad’s policy of no agreement with India on any subject until the “core issue” of Kashmir was solved During the 1980s Pakistan once had an acute shortage of wheat It was buying wheat from Argentina Australia and other countries at high cost Its problem was aggravated because its port of Karachi was choked and the unloading of wheat shipments took an unduly long time At that time India had a big surplus of wheat In this atmosphere Pakistan’s suave and astute foreign minister Sahabzada Yaqub Ali Khan came to Delhi on one of his frequent visits At his usual off-the-record interaction with a select group of journalists we asked him why Pakistan didn’t take all the wheat it needed from India especially when it could be transported from Amritsar to Lahore in a jiffy His reply was candid: “Our people don’t like the idea of eating Indian wheat” What the Sahabzada said politely was put more bluntly only the other day by Pakistan’s highly respected commentator Khaled Ahmed: All Pakistanis are brought up on “textbook anti-India sentiment” The raison d’etre of the all-powerful Pakistan army is its proclaimed conviction that India is an “existential and eternal” threat to Pakistan No wonder therefore that when the World Trade Organisation (WTO) was formed in 1995 and all its members were urged to extend MFN status to all others Pakistan defiantly refused to do so in India’s case It also defied the mandate of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation on preferential trade and transit rights among all SAARC members It was only in 2011 — when Pakistan needed trade with India especially to import electricity and realised that Indian goods entering Pakistan via Dubai were exuberantly costly — that Islamabad offered MFN trading status to India but never delivered because of the popular reaction to the Urdu translation of the expression: aziztareen mulk Quoting Shakespeare yet again one might say that all’s well that ends well But to do so where relations between India and Pakistan are concerned would be rash There have been quite a few “breakthroughs” in India-Pakistan relations — from Tashkent (1966) to Shimla (1972) to Lahore (1999) — that have proved to be duds If Zulfikar Ali Bhutto reneged on his solemn but private assurance to Indira Gandhi that he would “gradually” convert the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir into a permanent border between the two neighbours Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s bus ride to Lahore was followed by the Kargil War Nothing so disastrous can happen to an agreement on trade but it is ironic enough that just when the two commerce ministers were congratulating each other on their agreement to keep open the trade route at the Wagah-Attari border round the clock trade across the LoC — that began in 2008 together with a much-hyped bus service between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad — was in deep crisis One of the Pakistani truck drivers caught bringing in “brown sugar” worth Rs 114 crore was arrested Demanding the immediate return of the alleged culprit as well as of the contraband the Pakistanis detained as many as 27 Indian truckers on their side of the LoC They are also refusing to let 48 Pakistani truck drivers on whom there is no restriction to return home back in until the alleged drug smuggler comes back with them Incidentally the two commerce ministers jointly claimed that the high-sounding MFN is the creation of the WTO They are wrong The WTO inherited it from the GATT — General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade — signed in 1947 after the international community had failed to set up an international trade organisation along the UN World Bank and IMF two years earlier The writer is a Delhi-based political commentator [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: December 26 2016 7:18 pm Nayanthara Tamannaah slam director Suraj Related News Director Suraj has come under fire for making a sexist comment while talking about Tamannaah’s glamour quotient in his latest film Kaththi Sandai The director in an interview had opined that the filmmakers pay big bucks to female actors to wear revealing clothes and not to cover themselves from head to toe He also said that even if the heroines of his films didn’t like to wear short clothes he would persuade them into doing it even when it makes the actors unhappy or comfortable “We’re bit of a ‘low class’ audience When I pay to watch a movie I want to watch hero fight and heroine in a glamours avatar I don’t like to show heroine fully clad in a saree The movie-goers pay to see Tamannaah in skimpy clothes If heroines want to show their acting skills let them work in television serials but when they are doing a commercial film the female actors should play glamorous roles” Suraj said Suraj’s statement has invited the ire of several female actors with Nayanthara and Tamannaah slamming him While Tamannaah has sought an apology from him Nayanthara has quested him whether he thinks heroines are strippers who are ready to take off their clothes for money In a statement Tamannaah said “This is 2016 and it is very ironic that I had to leave a film like Dangal in the middle which is on woman empowerment and to tackle this issue I am very hurt and angered by the comments made by my director Suraj and I would definitely want him to apologise not only to me but to all women in the industry” “We are actors we are here to act and entertain the audience and should not at any point be objectified as commodities I have been working in the South industry for over 11 years and have worn costumes which I have been comfortable with It is sad that women in our country are spoken about so frivolously and I would like to tell my audiences that our industry should not be generalised by comments made by one such individual” she added Nayanthara on her part also condemned the director asking whether he is living in some bygone era citing examples of movies like Pink and Dangal that empowers and glories women “I too have done my share of glamour in commercial films not because my director wanted to please that particular ‘low class’ of audience but because it was my CHOICE No one has the right to think that heroines can be taken for granted” she said according to Sifycom Read |Kaththi Sandai movie review: Skip this movie for your own good ?? ???????? Two Chandigarh police constables who were on patrolling duty apprehended Govind near the park in Sector 20.the cops also retaliated and fired in the air. Kantharia said the circular was sent to the heads of?them religious bigots and training them for jihad. State government should rethink on opening the cement plants in both the places.

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which reflected Trump’s relentless criticism that NAFTA has caused massive US manufacturing job losses. The tenth seat went to Akhilesh Singh on a Peace Party ticket. or abstained (as the BSP did).

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