education inspector, we issued them notices clarifying the allegations and our findings. "But for the development to happen, saying that people who had sold tickets and stashed money in rooms had lost it all (due to demonetisation)."I assure you that no matter who gangs up against me — whatever alliances are formed — no one can shake me from my resolve to make this country corruption-free" the Prime Minister said amid shouts of ‘Modi Modi’ The BJP won 71 Lok Sabha seats from the state in the 2014 polls The party has only 40 lawmakers in the 404-member assembly (one member is nominated) where BJP has not been voted to power in the last 12 years Bhopal: An FIR was on Friday filed against Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh former Speaker ofthe Madhya Pradesh Assembly Sriniwas Tiwari and 17 others in connection with their appointment to the legislature secretariat during the Congress regime Deputy secretary of the state Assembly Shyamlal Maithil filed the FIR at Jehangirabad police station here Digvijaya Singh AFP Principal secretary of the Assembly Bhagwandev Israni said that initially it had named the 17 personnel but later the government added Singh’s and Tiwari’s names The FIR was filed under sections 420 (cheating) 468 (forgery for cheating) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code on the recommendations of Justice (retd) Sachindra Dwivedi committee which found these appointments as illegal and recommended dismissal of these 17 persons a senior official said The BJP government led by the current home minister Babulal Gaur had set up the committee in 2004-05 to probe the appointments made during the Congress regime from 1993-2003 when Singh was the Chief Minister and Tiwari the Speaker Its report was submitted in 2006 The state government then recommended a CBI probe but the Central agency declined to take over saying that state agencies were competent enough for the job The 17 employees include former principal secretary of Vidhan Sabha Dr A K Payasi who had joined as a chief municipal officer and was later deputed to the Assembly He was then transferred to the Assembly and went on to become the principal secretary Incidentally Saturday is Digvijaya Singh’s birth day Singh had recently accused Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his wife of being involved in the MP Professional Board Examination (MPPBE) scam PTI Written by Raghu Raman | Published: July 22 2016 12:57 am Illustration by: C R Sasikumar Top News Hyperbole surrounding Udta Punjab — the recent film highlighting the drug menace in that state obscures certain realities There seems to be a sense that we were surreptitiously ambushed by a few Pakistani drug peddlers conniving with corrupt Indian officials and politicians to bring Punjab to this condition But that is not the truth This is a systematic narco-terror campaign being waged against India And like most complex issues addressing this scourge requires a deeper understanding of its underlying dynamics Let us begin by understanding the business of narcotics using a framework like Michael Porter’s Five Forces Porter’s framework explains the drivers of a business environment by examining the five distinct forces that influence the market place These are: The power of the buyer and the supplier the intensity of rivalry amongst market players the barriers of entry into the business and availability of substitutes for the product The power of the buyer refers to the ability of the buyer to either abstain from purchasing the product or obtaining it from sources other than the market place In the case of addictive and illegal substances like narcotics the buyer has virtually no power Drugs like heroin can be addictive with just a single dose This is why peddlers give “free samples” to first time experimenters Once a victim is hooked body physiology numbs every form of rational thinking other than the next fix As far as the drug cartels are concerned poor farmers supplying them opium or coca base (for heroin and cocaine respectively) have no power either Opium coca or its less potent variants like cannabis are hardy cash crops that grow under adverse circumstances in remote hinterlands making them the crop of choice And while the processed product retails for billions of dollars farmers producing the raw material sell tons of their produce at subsistence levels Most drug farmers live totteringly near the poverty line and many work as bonded labourers barely managing to make ends meet The third force of “substitutes” also works in the favour of the drug lords While alcohol is considered a substitute to narcotics in the real sense it is not This is one of the reasons that despite being an illegal and highly dangerous substance to trade in drugs command their premium Empirical data proves that drugs and alcohol don’t have inter-changeability of usage The fourth force — entry barriers — refers to the ease with which new entrants can enter the market place For the incumbents high entry barriers (like patents government regulations or a very strong brand) are desirable The narcotics market understandably has a very high entry barrier New entrants risk getting killed The fifth force — intensity of rivalry — is counter intuitive On the face of it there seems to be intense violence amongst street pushers but that is misleading Drug cartel related rivalry causes a spate of killings but at the strategic level the entire industry has been carved up amongst powerful gangs that focus on their core speciality of sourcing processing transportation and last mile distribution At that level there are collaborative agreements in place which are essential for operations of any billion-dollar global enterprise So viewed through the prism of Porter’s Five Forces narcotics is one of the most lucrative business to be in with an estimated rate of return upward of 7000 per cent What then keeps the drug lords awake at night No it is not law enforcement The seizures made by security forces are a drop in the bucket proof of which is the fact that the street prices of drugs do not change regardless of the quantum of drugs confiscated Also law enforcement does a neat trick to bump up their efficiency by valuing the seized drugs at street prices instead of wholesale value which is nothing short of cooking the books The reason for that is the extraordinarily high differential mark up between the manufacturing and selling price For example a kilo of pure heroin sold for a few thousand dollars wholesale is diluted down with additives to achieve the street price of several hundred thousand dollars Mark up of several thousand per cent is common for upmarket drugs and that’s why law enforcement chooses to use their street value while they announce drug busts What terrifies drug cartels is legalisation of narcotics The colossal margins in the narcotic business and the accompanying social cost is largely because of its illegality a fact that many countries are now realising There is irrefutable data to prove that legalisation of even hardcore drugs like heroin (albeit administrated under medical supervision) is more cost effective than prohibiting it which only serves to drive it underground with all its concomitant costs A second mistake is to focus on the supply side Despite pouring millions of dollars in locating and destroying coca farms in South America the US drug industry has kept increasing In case of Punjab this is not a viable option anyway because elements across the border will keep the flow steady It would be wiser to invest in curbing demand by drug literacy and rehabilitation programmes Unfortunately societies view expenditure on addicts as wasteful Lastly proliferation of drugs in Punjab must be recognised as part of an orchestrated offensive campaign by Pakistan It is one of its thousand cuts Undermining an entire state’s economic potential and stability at a fraction of the cost of fomenting militancy is an astute move But the irony is that while our adversary has strategically coordinated various offensive instruments ranging from druglords terrorists human traffickers smugglers organised criminal gangs to ISI agents we are still responding with tactical ripostes and an alphabet soup of state and central agencies operating in silos The Punjab drug problem is a national security issue The terrible social and economic devastation which accompany drugs will rapidly spill over from Punjab and scorch rest of the nation The first step to solving any complex problem — including drug addiction — is acknowledging and accepting its full extent and gravitas But when state apparatuses resort to steadfast denial as a response to an exacerbating situation our future generations would rightly wonder — just what were we smoking during our watch The writer former CEO of NATGRID is group president of Reliance Industries Views are personal For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: March 25 2017 2:55 am Top News POLICE TRACED a three-year-old boy who was believed to have been kidnapped from Sakinaka to Surat Gujarat The infant however was found to be residing with his mother so the complaint has been recognised as a misunderstanding According to the Sakinaka police the child went missing from his residence in Asalfa Sakinaka on March 21 “The child was living with his maternal grandparents in Sakinaka for the past two months On March 21 the child went missing and his grandparents filed a complaint We started investigating and traced the missing child to Pandesara Surat in Gujarat on March 23 But we found that the child was living with his mother” said Avinash Dharmadhikari senior police inspector at Sakinaka police station According to the officer the mother and her parents have a strained relationship On March 21 the mother went to their house and took the child with her and left without informing her parents The grandparents then thought that the child had been kidnapped “The mother is legally entitled to take her child with her As far as we are concerned there is no case here now” the officer said “There was a communication gap If the mother had informed her parents there would not have been a need to file a case” he added The mother and son were now living in Surat Initially the Sakinaka police had lodged a case of kidnapping but now has dismissed it as a complaint lodged over a misunderstanding For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Ashwini Deshpande | Updated: May 3 2014 5:15 am Why are Dalit-upper caste inequalities so persistent years after the establishment of legal equality Related News How casteism is expressed in schools and how it perpetuates inequalities The latest report of the Human Rights Watch (HRW) has brought to light everyday instances of discrimination against Dalit Adivasi and Muslim children in primary schools They are asked to sit separately clean toilets bring their own utensils for midday meals to keep school utensils 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