‘Hamara Bimaru Madhya Pradesh’

DB Post 28 July 2018

NK SINGH

The BJP Government, ruling MP for the past 15 years, is justifiably proud of its many achievements. The state’s GDP had nosedived by the time it came to power in 2003. Since then GDP has grown at an astounding rate of 10.2 percent.

Agriculture growth rate has gone up from 3 percent to 18 percent, with foodgrain production increasing by whooping 179 percent. So has irrigation. Per capita income has grown from Rs 14,011 to Rs 55,442. Madhya Pradesh has become a revenue surplus state from a revenue deficit state. It has also become a power surplus state.

But has MP really come out of the Bimaru status and joined ranks of the developed states, as BJP’s spin doctors want us to believe? Sadly, facts do not support this claim. Continue reading “‘Hamara Bimaru Madhya Pradesh’”

‘Main Hoon Na’ Moment of MP Politics

NK SINGH

With BJP chief Amit Shah predicting that Shivraj Singh Chouhan will return to power for a fourth term in MP, the CM jumped into the poll arena with a renewed vigour last week. He is going around the state in his Rs 2.5 crore-chariot seeking votes playing to the gallery and thumping his chest.

Chouhan has been in power for 13 years now. His position within the ruling party has become unassailable, especially over the past five years, with almost all his detractors either vanquished or banished from MP.

That kind of unchallenged power is enough to transform any person. His characteristic humility has given way to chest thumping on public platforms: “Despite a drought, crops are bountiful in Shivraj Singh’s raj.” Continue reading “‘Main Hoon Na’ Moment of MP Politics”

MP Government’s amnesty for thieves

DB POST 14 July 2018

NK SINGH

The Madhya Pradesh government has announced waiver of outstanding electricity bills for workers and economically deprived sections. The Rs 5,200-crore scheme includes a no-questions-asked amnesty for electricity thieves those facing prosecution for theft, or those whose power supply was disconnected for stealing.

A benevolent government will withdraw all court cases against them and waive their outstanding charges, fines, interests and so forth. Even habitual and serial offenders those who had availed of similar amnesty in the past can apply for the bill waiver scheme, says a government order. Continue reading “MP Government’s amnesty for thieves”

Bureaucrats with a conscience

NK SINGH

Two bureaucrats are discussing Cabinet minutes in Yes Prime Minister

Bernard: So you want me to falsify the minutes? 
Humphrey: I want nothing of the sort! It’s up to you Bernard; what do you want? 
Bernard: I want to have a clear conscience. 
Humphrey: A clear conscience? 
Bernard: Yes. Humphrey: When did you acquire this taste for luxuries?

Senior IAS officer Dipali Rastogi has surprised many by publicly coming out against civil servants who let their spine rot and said only what their masters wanted to hear for the sake of “salary, perks, club membership, car, driver, domestic help, spruced-up homes, dinner parties, discounted vacations, foreign trips and the silly, mean-minded ‘power’ to dole out small favours to friends and relatives.” Continue reading “Bureaucrats with a conscience”