Wednesday, 22 October 2014

PM Modi-power needed for maximum Governance says MD Nalapat (NitiCentral)


PREKSHA SHARMA | OCT 22, 2014

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mantra of ‘Minimum Government, Maximum Governance’ has worked since he assumed office in May 2014. Narendra Modi’s concept of minimum government and maximum governance is said to have changed the way the government functions in his home state of Gujarat , making it more efficient. He describes the model as ‘more of development politics’ and similar to a ‘one day’ cricket match. He has indicated that he is keen to replicate this model at the national level.
Prof MD Nalapat, candidly writing about this in his latest blog, opines that Narendra Modi was elected to power on a break with the Nehruvian “slow speed” past, and for this to happen, not just the PMO but key ministries such as HRD, Defence, Commerce, Energy, Home and Finance need to act as prime movers. So, right now, what India needs is minimum 50 percent of Modipower and key ministers of the Government to contribute at least 50% of the efficiency shown by PM Modi himself.
He adds that in the meantime, what is needed is for the Prime Minister to each day take forward his promise of Minimum Government and Maximum Governance.

http://www.niticentral.com/2014/10/22/pm-modi-power-needed-maximum-governance-says-md-nalapat-241598.html

Video: NewsX Nation at 9: #PoliticsOfSuicide- Blazing row over Jaya’s ‘reward’


Published on Oct 20, 2014
A day after returning from the Parappana Agrahara prison in Bangalore, former CM and AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa announced a solatium of Rs 3 lakh for the families of sympathisers who lost their lives after her conviction on September 27.
According to an official statement from the AIADMK, as many as 193 people have lost their lives.
Expressing her pain at the reports of suicides after her conviction, she announced a solatium of Rs 3 lakh each to the families of 193 people and a relief of Rs 50,000 each for three partymen who were fighting for their lives at a hospital. She also wished them speedy recovery and thanked those who were praying for her early acquittal in the case. A statement issued by Jayalalithaa Sunday also appealed to the cadres to not indulge in any violent activities and suicide attempts.

Video: NewsX Nation at 9: #TaintTest: Yeddy’s taint to test PM’s promise

Published on Oct 21, 2014
Karnataka High Court today allowed the Lokayukta Police probe against BJP National Vice-President B S Yeddyurappa and others, on a petition challenging the Lokayukta Court order dismissing complaints against them in a land denotification case in Shimoga district.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Video: NewsX Nation at 9: Britain blind to Pak’s terror factory?


Published on Oct 21, 2014
Kashmiri campaign groups in the UK are divided over a planned anti-India rally here to highlight the Kashmir issue with some groups dismissing it as being against the interest of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

The so-called 'Million March' planned from Trafalgar Square to Downing Street on October 26 is being led by Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry.
While his group claims overwhelming support from various communities, others have dismissed it as against the "national interest of the people of Jammu and Kashmir".

Monday, 20 October 2014

Haryana, Maharashtra have voted for development: MD Nalapat (NitiCentral)



PEKSHA SHARMA | OCT 20, 2014
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After the Assembly Poll results were announced, BJP stormed to power in Haryana, winning the State for the first time alone since it was formed in 1966.
Urban Maharashtra voted in favour of Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena in these elections with the former way ahead in the race while Congress, NCP and the MNS were decimated.
In Haryana, with an absolute majority in its favour, the BJP is all set to form a Government of its own. In Maharashtra, where it has fallen short of a majority, it would require an ally, which could likely be the Shiv Sena. BJP secured 122 seats in the 288-Member Maharashtra Assembly.
Speaking exclusively to Niti Central, Professor MD Nalapat says the voters of Haryana have voted for good governance and under the efficient leadership of PM Narendra Modi, have called for a developed and corruption-free State.
Considering how important Maharashtra is for BJP’s political fate, adverse factors like the break-up with Shiv Sena didn’t deter voters to support BJP and shun conventional regionalism.
He adds that in his view, Modi is a nationalist and a true patriot and the debate over regional and national issues should be shunned and work towards a collaborative development for India should be given priority.

http://www.niticentral.com/2014/10/20/haryana-maharashtra-voted-development-md-nalapat-241575.html

Video: NewsX BJP’s blueprint for Mumbai revealed


Published on Oct 20, 2014
BJP’s blueprint for Mumbai revealed more water, focus on health roads and flyovers and tax concessions for the middle class and completion of Navi Mumbai airport, Sealink and metro projects these are the blue print of Mumbai.

Video: NewsX Narendra Modi G-20 visit another ‘mega show’


Published on Oct 20, 2014
Just like in New York, the Indians Down Under wanted this event to be the rallying point for the Indian community who belong to disparate organisations and are spread out across the vast country.
It’s now less than a month till Modi’s Madison Square Garden redux—addressing over 15,000 overseas Indians at Australia’s largest indoor venue on November 17 from 6 pm onwards.
The Sunday Standard has learnt that the team behind the Madison Square Garden event are also “advising” the Australian organisers to get the show off the ground. Therefore, the bones of the organising structure are rather similar.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Needed: Minimum 50% Modipower, not 20% (Sunday Guardian)

MADHAV NALAPAT
ROOTS OF POWER
M.D Nalapat is the Editorial Director of The Sunday Guardian.

hose familiar with Yes Minister know how easy it is for bureaucrats to house-train ministers through saccharine phrases. Preening in the midst of what is outwardly an adoring group of senior officials, ministers may be forgiven for going along with the bureaucracy's prescriptions on what they should do, no matter that such an approach would perpetuate a situation in which 300 million citizens of India are desperately poor and a further 400 million have lifestyles far below what is adequate by any reasonable standard. Narendra Modi was elected to power on a break with the Nehruvian "slow speed" past, and for this to happen, not just the PMO but key ministries such as HRD, Defence, Commerce, Energy, Home and Finance need to act as prime movers.
To those outside the cool shades of governmental authority, there is as yet little sign of substantive change in the functioning of some ministries. Segments of the Modi government function as though they were a mix of just 20% Narendra Modi, 40% Atal Behari Vajpayee and 40% Manmohan Singh. Instead, the mix of governance in all branches of government needs to be at least 50% Modi, with this component rising to 90% by the end of the Prime Minister's first term in office. There should be space for even a very few aspects of the Manmohan model. Despite his frequently not doing what the situation demanded (usually because of opposition from his own party), there are elements in Manmohan Singh which are admirable, such as his dignified and democratic refusal to react in public to those who delivered even the sharpest of barbs against him. Together with Home, the Finance Ministry is key to the success or otherwise of Prime Minister Modi's efforts at doubling the rate of growth from the present 5%.
Thus far, there seems to have been less than total success in "unleashing the animal spirits" present within productive forces. If prices have fallen, the cause for that is not RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan's murderous (for domestic companies) tight money policy, but a global decline in commodity prices. Unfortunately, so total is North Block's support for the text-bookish and job-killing RBI Governor, that it may have shelved the proposal to have an Appellate Authority (the FSLRC) for banks and others to appeal to should they encounter RBI decisions that are whimsical and growth-killing, as indeed is the norm at Mint Road these days. Indeed, both SEBI as well as other agencies have such checks, and North Block should not permit Rajan to be left unhindered in his determination to ensure the defeat of the NDA in 2019 because of the failure of the economy to create enough jobs.
And as for black money in external havens, if even Rs 100 crore of that has returned from havens abroad, that fact is yet to be revealed. There is anyway little point going to Swiss banks asking for details of accounts held by Indian nationals during the present year, as since 2010, most of those with black money have removed their funds from such accounts and placed it in safer locations such as Macau. What is needed is to get Swiss banks and other tax havens (many UK-controlled) to give details of dodgy bank accounts held during the entire previous 15 years, something which tracking technology makes possible. Next, to locate within a single Unified Black Money Command agencies such as the intelligence wings of the Income-Tax department, the DRI, the Finance Ministry, the ED, the FIU and the CEIB, thereby reversing the present situation where (except in rare cases) these agencies do not, as a matter of routine, work closely with each other the way they should.
Including the economic wings of the IB and R&AW, such intelligence wings should be significantly expanded and given more latitude to investigate cases. A senior officer of integrity and competence should be put in charge of such a "Unified Black Money Command Authority", with responsibility to track such funds across the globe, including those parked in the names of foreign nationals who are relatives of looters back home. Prime Minister Modi needs to succeed in bringing back much of such cash before 2019.
The Income-Tax Department is the single biggest reason why few sane individuals wish to invest in India (because of the legal authority given to officials to make arbitrary and often vindictive and subjective estimates of income earned and tax due). For the next two years, the I-T department should focus near-exclusively on government servants, especially those at senior levels. How many of their children are studying abroad, and who is paying for their tuition? How many times have spouses made foreign trips or indeed air journeys within the country, and what are the properties actually acquired by the official and his close relatives? If Prime Minister Modi is to succeed in clearing away the rot in the country, he needs to first cleanse the stables of government. Focusing the attention of the Income-Tax Department on government officials, past and present, as well as Central and state ministers and ex ministers across the country would help in identifying those whose expenditure is far greater than declared income. It is not just toilets that need to be built and cleaned, but the sewer that the governance system in India has become. But for that to happen, key ministries will need to work with at least 50% of the efficiency shown by Narendra Modi himself, rather than the 20% which seems the average among too many in his present team.

Video: NewsX 65 per cent voter turnout in Haryana till 5pm


By 4:30 PM, nearly 65 per cent voters had cast votes, officials said.BJP is contesting for the first time on its own and is eyeing to wrest power from the ruling Congress.

PM Modi’s focus on space defence visionary: MD Nalapat (NitiCentral)

PREKSHA SHARMA | OCT 18, 2014
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During his address at the Combined Commanders’ Conference 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasised the need for an atmosphere of peace and security that is essential for India to achieve its goals of economic development and his Government has focused on creating a favourable external environment and strengthening India’s security.
PM Modi added that domination of cyberspace will become increasingly important and control of space may become as critical as that of land, air, and sea.
Professor MD Nalapat, speaking to Niti Central, says that the decision of PM Modi emphasising the need for space defence is heartening and the need of the hour. He says that Modi is a 21st century leader. Indian Defence planning has been largely that of 20th century where we have concentrated on tanks, manned aircraft. But today missiles are very important.
New trends in war have been continuously neglected in favour of conventional weapons that were used to fight the second world war.
He adds that drone technology is a befitting example of putting modern technology to good use. US is using drones excessively in its battles, for intelligence gathering, for pin point assault. In a war of the future, with enemies such as ISIS, drones are going to be as important as manned aircraft and unfortunately in India we have not paid such attention to drones.
This aspect of modern warfare has been highlighted by the Prime Minister, which is a positive step.

http://www.niticentral.com/2014/10/18/pm-modis-focus-space-defence-visionary-md-nalapat-241390.html

Friday, 17 October 2014

Video: NewsX Nation at 9: Two north-eastern youth beaten up

Two youths from the northeast were allegedly attacked by eight persons at Sikanderpur here, police said on Thursday.The incident took place on Wednesday night when the victims, Aayug and Alato, were thrashed by eight youths belonging to Sikanderpur village over some issue, station house officer of DLF Phase 1 police station said

Video: NewsX Jaya: 6 angles, 6 reporters live on NewsX


Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa walked out of Bangalore jail on Saturday after spending 21 days in the disproportionate asset

Video: NewsX Jaya: analyses, the corruption paradox

Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa walked out of Bangalore jail on Saturday after spending 21 days in the disproportionate assets case. She was convicted by a lower court in the case. On Friday, the Supreme Court granted her bail. 

Video: NewsX Can Jaya beat 10 year political exile?

Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa walked out of Bangalore jail on Saturday after spending 21 days in the disproportionate assets case. She was convicted by a lower court in the case. On Friday, the Supreme Court granted her bail. 

Video: NewsX Nation at 9: Governemnt tells SC, 'Can't disclose names of account holders'

Finance minister Arun Jaitley said on Friday that the Modi government was not reluctant to reveal the names of account holders in accordance with the existing law.

Defending the government's move in Supreme Court, Jaitley said the details of people under investigation for having black money account can't be revealed till chargesheet has been filed in court.


Video: NewsX EU court's decision on LTTE

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Prime Minister Modi, give us maximum governance (Sunday Guardian)

MADHAV NALAPAT
ROOTS OF POWER
M.D Nalapat is the Editorial Director of The Sunday Guardian.

Overall, the people of India believe Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi to be honest, which is why they have taken seriously his promise of "Minimum Government and Maximum Governance". This columnist was among the many thousands who witnessed the swearing in of the Modi Council of Ministers on 26 May, and was a trifle disappointed that the list contained so many who were from the past. While these worthies are all honourable men and women, they have done little of note during the previous two decades, and seem unlikely to offer a very different result this time around. Nothing which has taken place (or more importantly, not taken place) during the four months after the swearing in indicates that this forecast is incorrect. Were key ministries to function with even 50% of the efficiency shown by the Prime Minister's Office, the country would visibly be getting transformed even during this short period. Unfortunately, at least to those outside the comfortable shades of high office in the Modi dispensation, it would appear that their average level of efficacy is less than 20% of what the Prime Minister is achieving in the fields in which the PMO is directly bestowing attention. India is too big a country to be looked after by a single individual, and unless the ministers working for Prime Minister Modi ensure that they approach his standards of probity, direction and efficiency, the public mood is likely to sour well before the 2019 elections. Indeed, such a reversal of mood appears to have already begun.
The Prime Minister needs to ensure that every official be asked to retire by age 52 if not judged good enough for Additional Secretary grade, and at 55 if not made Secretary by then. Indeed, such necessary suggestions are not new, but have been made by Veerappa Moily in his reports on administrative reform. 
Voters expected Narendra Modi to trawl not just within the civil service (an institution that shares a goodly share of the blame for the missed opportunities and the errors in policy that the people of India are suffering from), but within civil society in his selection of key personnel to fill slots important for welfare and for security. This far, appointments made have largely been limited to the same list of retired and serving officials who have been functioning in one capacity or the other in and around the dovecotes of office in Delhi for decades. Narendra Modi has the desire to ensure that India glides into a 21st century quality of governance rather than its present 19th century officialdom. Hopefully, as he finds his feet in the quicksand which is congealed within Raisina Hill, Prime Minister Modi will ensure that his team acquires a zest which matches his own level of excellence, rather than seem like components of a Vajpayee II government or in parts, even that of a Manmohan III. The Prime Minster needs to implement such reforms as merging the IAS and the IPS into a combined service after 20 years of being in office, and mandating that each official should specialise in a particular department (such as counter-terrorism in the case of the police departments) rather than be shifted around in the manner of rolling stones. The IFS and the IRS are already specialised, and hence does not need to get included in such a list. The complexity of the present means that the generalist model of the past is not only not relevant, but is harmful to good administration these days. Modi needs to ensure that every high-level vacancy in the Central government gets advertised on the PMO website and that 25% of such posts be filled from outside the Central services, just as 25% of envoys should be from outside the pool of officials, rather than the 100% favoured by Manmohan Singh, who was never able to make the transition from bureaucrat to politician and showed this bias every day that he held office.
Importantly, the Prime Minister needs to ensure that every official be asked to retire by age 52 if not judged good enough for Additional Secretary grade, and at 55 if not made Secretary by then. Indeed, such necessary suggestions are not new, but have been made by Veerappa Moily in his reports on administrative reform, as others have been made by reports on railway reform by Anil Kakodkar or police reform by the Padmanabhaiah committee. Modi has the capacity to ensure that such reforms get carried out, and hopefully he will.
Voters in India do not as yet see the change that they expected when they cast their ballots in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, but in the next two years, hopefully they will. In the meantime, what is needed is for the Prime Minister to each day take forward his promise of Minimum Government and Maximum Governance. In such a task, his Cabinet colleagues and those others he has chosen for high office need to function in a way which matches not their past record of performance, but Modi's (and the voters) expectations of excellence.