Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Inflation of Prices in Kerala and Its Causes

Dear Readers,

The prices of consumer items are going up enormously. And the malayalee is simply sitting at home complaining about this price hike. They hesitate to act or work. This inflation is brought out by malayalee only. Their political sense to fight against traders and punish those who inflate the price is gone forever. So now the trader is the king. They hike the price of the commodity according to their whims and fancies. They purchase goods at lower price form the farmer and the producer of primary goods never gets their due share in this price hike. So the agriculture always becomes a business of loss. Because of this many won’t venture into this business where by the production will be controlled and the price hike is possible. This situation is cleverly brought out by the traders only. And the people are reluctant to protest against these traders and force the government to act against the traders. The government can easily bring price control through its village officers and other staff employed in its nook and corner. The trader who violates the law of government has to be penalised for his illegal trading and prices. But the people and government are in slumber. The people can easily loot the trader and force the government to look into this matter with immediate effect. But the people won’t do that. They will simply sleep at home and die at their home thinking that it is their fate. So I have following suggestion to all our friends to act.

1. Force the government to enact a law where by the government get the power to control the price of essential commodities and make it mandatory to publish those prices in the main news papers and other mass media communication like radio. TV etc...

2. The government can determine the price of commodities in accordance with its cost of production, transportation and 10% profit for the producer and trader. The middle men in between the producer and trader can be avoided or they can share the 10% profit of trader.

3. Create a social committee consist of the representative of consumers, farmers, traders, transportation, bureaucracy, representative of the people and judiciary to determine the prices of the essential commodities. This committee can get the advices from experts and people from other walks of life.

4. Ensure that the price determined by the government is only charged by the trader in their outlet through its village and panchayath offices. If the trader is charging more amount than determined by the government, penalise them with three to five times more the amount they have charged from the consumer.

5. Give free registration to all the traders and cancel their registration if they found violating the law and those persons involved in the violation will never be allowed to do the trading in their life. The government can take over those shops and hand over to co-operative societies formed by the local people, who are willing to conduct the trade.

Apart from the inaction of the government in involving price control, the laziness of women to work in their home garden has contributed a lot to this inflation. Now the women folk simply sit at their home and watch TV after their morning activities. They never involve in the production of vegetable, eggs and goat farming for the milk. The production of vegetable can be easily implemented in any home with sack cultivation technique of growing vegetable. But he social structure and culture is that women enjoy more freedom and protection of law and society in order to live a comfortable life at the cost of opposite sex in their home.

Another aspect is that Kerala people want to make money without production and only by service. So they engage in real estate business, share market, illegal banking and contracting the construction etc...This also caused the inflation. SO THINK.

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Shibu Kalam: Legislation Against the Corruption

Shibu Kalam: Legislation Against the Corruption

Legislation Against the Corruption

Dear Friends,

Country will ever be grateful to you for your participation. We really think this is an important cause as the corrupt posed a greater threat to the country than terrorists.

Therefore please join in National Campaign Against Corruption by promoting with others all or any of the following action.

1- Send an email to PM - PM's email ID & the message format is appended below;

2- Send a post card to PM. PM's postal address & the message format is appended below;

3- Send one Rs. Money order to PM. PM's postal address & the message format is appended below;

4- Sign an on line petition to PM. Http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/killcorruption/

5- Circulate this mail to all your contacts (Indian Citizen)

The CAG’s report on the 2G spectrum has proven beyond reasonable doubt that this is a scam of massive proportions involving corruption, arbitrariness, loss to the public exchequer, and abuse of authority at the highest levels of the government involving politicians, civil servants and even corporate houses. The CAG’s estimate (which was based on the prices paid by bidders in the auction of 3G spectrum) indicate that the Indian exchequer was defrauded to the extent of a staggering 1,52,000 crores!

In the recent past, we have also witnessed the ugly and shameful corruption surrounding the Commonwealth Games and the Adarsh Housing Society scam in Mumbai. These are only a few scams that have seen the light of the day. Not a single day goes without some scam taking place somewhere in the country, and in a growing economy like India, in the absence of adequate safeguards, we can be certain of continued corruption.

Yet, the public debate seems to be focused on superficial measures such as removal of a minister/chief minister, and constituting a parliamentary committee for investigation. While they may be necessary measures in the short run, there is nothing on the anvil to either punish the guilty parties, take corrective measures to make good the loss to the exchequer, and prevent corruption from taking place in the future.

The need of the hour is tangible, decisive action for combating corruption. We took the initiative to create a common platform – “National Campaign against Corruption” to bring together eminent Indians from various walks of life, and like minded civil society organizations from across the country. We aim to channelize the public outrage constructively, and put pressure on the government and political parties to achieve tangible institutional changes for effectively combating corruption.

As part of this effort, from now we encourage you to write to the Prime Minister (manmohan@sansad.nic.in, pmosb@nic.in) and demand concrete steps to punish the guilty parties and affect institutional changes as outlined below:

Esteemed Prime Minister,

In the light of the 2G spectrum scam, and evidence of rampant corruption in many other areas, we urge you to protect national interest by taking the following measures:

Cancel the 2G spectrum allocation.

Get our money back.

Punish the Corrupt.

Yours sincerely,


We encourage you to spread this message and make your friends and associates write to the Prime Minister. He should hear from millions of Indians who are deeply concerned about mounting corruption in the country and want concrete, effective steps to cleanse our public life. We encourage you to visit http://www.killcorruption.org/ and sign an online petition at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/killcorruption to the Prime Minister.

Wherever possible, please encourage young people, college students, and enlightened citizens to send the same message by post cards addressed to the Prime Minister by name at: Dr. Manmohan Singh, R.No.148 B, South Block, New Delhi 110001. Also Re.1 money order can be sent to the Prime Minister with the same message. The Money Order will cost Rs.2.25 (Re.1 + Re.1 as MO fee and Rs.0.25 for the MO form), and has the added advantage of someone in PMO having to acknowledge it.

Please ensure that your name, address and email or phone number is listed on your email or post card to lend authenticity to your message.

We will keep you posted on our future plan of action and other developments from time to time.

Warm regards

Jayaprakash Narayan

National Campaign against Corruption


Email: killcorruption@hotmail.com


There is enormous public anger at the unsavoury corruption revealed in the 2G Spectrum, Adarsh housing society, and the Commonwealth games scams. To channelize this anger and the desire for change effectively, Dr.Jayaprakash Narayan took the initiative to create a non-party platform – “National Campaign against Corruption” to bring together eminent Indians and like minded civil society organizations from across the country to put pressure on the government and political parties to achieve tangible institutional changes for combating corruption.

Q. What is the 2G Spectrum Scam?

Ans. In 2008, the union government awarded pan India licenses and second generation telecom spectrum to 9 companies in 122 circles for offering mobile telephony services. These licenses were awarded in an arbitrary and non-transparent manner for a paltry sum of `1658 crores, which was the price discovered in 2001, when the teledensity was very low. This abnormally low price was fixed without taking into account the remarkable increase in teledensity in the country, and the precious and the finite spectrum was allocated on a first-come, first-served basis without calling for competitive bids and without regard to experience in telecom sector. The government has also failed to lay down eligibility criteria for applicants and arbitrarily advanced the cut-off date for considering applications. The subsequent sale of spectrum so cornered by fly-by-night operators for many times the fee they paid had caused enormous loss running into tens of thousands of crores of rupees to the public exchequer.

Based on the subsequent auction of airwaves for third generation (3G) services, which fetched nearly `63000 crores, and that for broadband access, which fetched over `35700 crores, the notional loss to the exchequer due to under pricing of 2G spectrum was estimated by the CAG to be a whopping `160,000 crores !!

Q. Can the 2G licenses be cancelled?

Ans. Yes. Under Section 23 and 24 of the Indian Contracts Act 1872, a contract becomes void if it is tainted with corruption. The Government can cancel the licenses and take back the 2G spectrum thus allotted, and return the license fee to the licensees after deducting fee for the period they used it. Revoking the allocation in public interest is necessary, fully justified, and legally tenable.

Q. How do we recover the lost money?

A. The government can recover the lost money by fresh allocation of 2G spectrum through international competitive bidding after laying down transparent eligibility criteria in consultation with TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India). Also, the government can recover the excess profits obtained by the licensees, through imposition of a ‘windfall profit tax’.

Q. What can be done to punish the guilty and prevent such scams from recurring in the future?

Ans. The government can immediately take up the following measures to prevent recurrence of such scams and frauds:

· Enact a law under which any license/lease of natural resources by the Government shall become void if there is evidence of corruption/fraud/collusion/loss to the Government. The fear of losing licenses/leases obtained with illegal money will deter corporates from indulging in corruption.

· Enact a Windfall Profits Tax law (on the lines of the UK law 1997), which will provide for stiff taxation of windfall profits earned by corporates in the exploitation of natural resources either because of monopoly or a change in the global economic environment. The companies that cornered the 2G spectrum licenses through questionable means and sold them within weeks for astronomical sums should be subjected to the proposed windfall profits tax. Such a law will also help tax the abnormal profits made in the mining and other sectors.

· Enact a False Claims Act (on the lines of the U.S. law). If the exchequer incurs any loss because of fraud or misrepresentation or violation of the due process as determined by an independent, competent authority, the guilty will have to pay a civil penalty equivalent to three to five times the loss sustained. The U.S. Government has collected over $24 billion from corporates under this Act.

· Enact a comprehensive anti-corruption law and create an Independent Anti-Corruption Commission (IACC). IACC set up in Hong Kong in 1974 reduced corruption within a few years.

There is evidence that significant reduction in corruption alone will enhance economic growth rate by 1.5 to 2 percent per annum. Recent estimates indicate that nearly ` 21 lakh crores of tax evaded money earned through corruption and dishonest business practices is stashed away outside India debt. Honesty is not merely a moral imperative; it is an economic necessity to accelerate and sustain high growth rates and eliminate poverty.



Surendra Srivastava

Founder - Maharashtra Chapter & Volunteer - Lok Satta Aandolan

Base Unit-4, Bycula Service Industries Premises,

Dadoji Konddeo Road, Bycula (East), Mumbai 400027

Tel: 00 91 22 2377 2242

Email: info.maharashtra@loksatta.org

Web: http://www.loksattamovement.in/abt_whyloksatta.htm

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

How to Stop Corruption?

Dear Readers,
How to stop corruption? This was a haunting question for me for many years. After profound thinking and reflexion I would like to put forward a suggestion to the general public that corruption can be stopped overnight by a single legislation. The parliament of India has to pass a constitutional law where by the person, who takes bribes form the people for any service rendered to that person, is dismissed from the office, whether it is bureaucratic or executive, legislative and judicial. If the person is dismissed from the office then other colleagues of him will think twice before he/she takes the bribes from common man. It is only through this draconian law we can eradicate corruption form the democratic government. Otherwise the democratic government will be the most corrupt institution ever the world has witnessed in its history. So in order to avoid this catastrophe we need to pass this draconian law and it can't be questioned any court of law as long as the democracy exist in a country. Then naturally the question emerges who will be the person decide that a person is guilty of the corruption or not. Actually it is better decided by the consumer itself and nobody else. The consumer can register the case with the civil court where the representative of the local ward member either in panchayat or muncipalities are included and other members of civil court will be the social worker of that locality, religious leader of majority religion, bureaucratic representative and judicial representative. The decision of this body will be final and it will be implemented by the government. If this law come into force automatically the corruption will end by itself. usually thee will be great hue and cry against this draconian law which has to be side tracked and allow and encourage the civil local authority to function well. If this is the case then they will be more cautious in their dealing and poor man will get justice fast. Once a person is removed from the office next person is recruited to that post from the Psc list from which that person is appointed.
This law won't be passed by the legislatures of the Nation,instead the public has to demand it form parliament through their constant effort and strike against the parliament to pass this law. The political parties and the bureaucracy are the corrupt fellows in the modern India. so we cannot rely on the investigation of the executive persons Therefore the people can investigate the case and present the matter before the civil court with regard to the person involved in the case. The modern world is so advanced that the person wants to book the corrupt person can do it with modern cadgets and methods. This law will give an impetus to the public to complain and sent the corrupt bureucrat or legislature home. If the member of the legislature is dismissed from the office the second person who got the largest vote will be sent to the legislature and it will be repeated as per the order. The Government is not constituted not on the basis of the party but on the basis of the elected representatives. Once elected, the members of legislature will be divided as two sections such as ruling section and opposition section. This section rule the country for the fixed period. In this way we can avoid the destability of the government on the basis of the corruption charges and aviod election on the basis of dismissal of one or two persons from the office.

Coments and suggestions are invited: