Monthly Archives: June 2016

Stories that need to be told

Once a young IAS officer newly empanelled and promoted as Joint Secretary, obviously dissatisfied with his posting in a not very coveted ministry in the Government of India, came to the Cabinet Secretary and complained about the unfair treatment meted … Continue reading

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Simhastha jinx stalks Shivraj

No Chief Minister in Madhya Pradesh has survived beyond a few months after holding Simhastha in Ujjain, right from the State’s first Chief Minister Ravi Shankar Shukla to the fiery Uma Bharti in 2004. It seems, Shivraj Singh Chouhan too … Continue reading

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Iron ore heist

The iron ore mining industry in Karnataka grabbed headlines in 2008 when the State’s Lokayukta reported largescale illegal mining in Bellary, Chitradurga and Tumkur districts. This eventually forced the Supreme Court to intervene and suspend all mining and transportation operations. … Continue reading

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Haryana shows the way

Haryana had been trying various modes of Direct Benefit Transfer over the years—like through money orders—but they were costly and cumbersome. Also, there was no scope of reconciliation. Then, from April 2011, efforts were made for Electronic Benefit Transfer through no-frills … Continue reading

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Connecting people

Project Rahat was initiated by the District Administration of Udhampur in October 2015 after a ­­­­three-month long participatory planning and consultation exercise as well as technology sharing agreements.Bridges under Project Rahat, spanning up to 30-40 metres, have been initiated near … Continue reading

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A tough road ahead

Transport is an important part of the infrastructure required for a country’s growth. It brings mobility to people and goods. Transport is intimately connected to the geography of a country as well as its demography. There are many ways of … Continue reading

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Purifying the Purifier

For countless millions, the ‘tripathgamini’ Ganga, the story of India’s civilization, is a river of eternal faith and deliverance, a ‘baitarni’. The promise to purify ‘the mother Ganga’, declared one among the 10 most polluted rivers of the world, galvanized … Continue reading

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Parliamentary Secretary, an Office of Profit

The President of India, according to media reports has declined assent to the Bill passed by the Delhi Legislative Assembly which sought to exempt retrospectively the post of Parliamentary Secretary from the purview of office of profit.  Articles 102 and … Continue reading

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Bringing a paradigm shift

Anil Kumar Lakhina, a 1974-batch Maharashtra cadre IAS, could never imagine that a reorganisation-cum-clean up drive in Ahmednagar collectorate he carried out for nine months in 1982, would lead to coinage of appellations like ‘Lakhina experiment’, ‘Lakhina Pattern’ and ‘Lakhina … Continue reading

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Decriminalising the victims

The facts contained in the book may have faded out of the memory of most since it is based on the events that author revisited after a gap of more than a decade of his 20 years (1983-2003) association at … Continue reading

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