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000 MW power with the completion of Anpara D and Harduaganj projects.s why Vidarbha Joint Action Committee (VJAC) has decided to apprise the youth about the immense potential statehood holds for Vidarbha, Deshmukh said Deshmukh cited the example of neighbouring Chhattisgarh It was more backward than Vidarbha Nowit has progressed well as state Vidarbhatoowill if given statehood? will fight in his stronghold Hassan which he has been winning with ease in the recent years. "I thought it was firm but fair.

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MMRC will invite financial tenders from shortlisted companies in consultation with the Japan International Cooperation Agency, The coach also gives a thumbs-up for pregnant women to include swimming in their daily routine. the possibility that this might push us down the pathway of democratic autocracy on the other.That our institutions have corroded is without doubt The executive branch is paralysed Our bureaucrats “refuse” to sign files More accurately they deem it safer to do nothing than to do something The reasons for this attitude are rational and understandable The CVC CBI and the CAG have collectively hung the sword of Damocles of vigilance over their necks There is no statute of limitation and these bodies have the statutory authority to put any official under scrutiny including those who have long retired CB Bhave for instance left the IAS long ago He embodied the best qualities of the civil service and was well regarded for his integrity performance and commitment Yet today his name figures in an inquiry There are approximately 600 officials in the rank of joint secretary and above and of these 122 are currently the subject of scrutiny The legal raison d’etre for such vigilantism is the Prevention of Corruption Act which requires bureaucrats associated with decisions benefiting the private sector to establish that they did not personally benefit from such a decision The act presumes in other words their “guilt” until “innocence” has been established It is scant wonder therefore for bureaucrats to deem the “act of omission” to be more prudent than the “act of commission” The prime minister and finance minister have tried hard over the past year to repair the economic damage caused by the 2G scam coal allocation controversy and red tape They have failed in large part because of this attitude The new government will be equally unsuccessful if it fails to safeguard the civil service from the slings and arrows of unsubstantiated charge and “gotcha journalism” It is important to point out that the blame for this policy paralysis should not be placed only on the doorsteps of the vigilance commissions They are after all staffed by civil servants who are fulfilling their mandate of responsibility The blame should also be placed on the institutional vacuum that has encouraged the enactment of such a counterproductive act The legislative arm of the Government has become equally moribund The 15th Lok Sabha which has just been dissolved has had the worst performance of any Lok Sabha since Independence It enacted only 150 of the 380 bills placed on the agenda Parliamentarians transacted business for 61 per cent of the time allocated for the purpose and in its last winter session it set a new record for truancy by sitting for 8 per cent of the allocated time Notwithstanding this parliamentarians made sure they received their full allowance and also a pay hike The third pillar of our governance structure is the judiciary It has served as a strong and positive check against arbitrary and wilful misuse of powers It has held everyone accountable to the law and those who have thought they are above it have been sharply cut to size Some high and mighty individuals are currently languishing behind bars This said there is such a backlog of cases that justice is delayed and often denied Most people can no longer expect to receive timely redress on matters related to property tax defamation and privacy They can no longer look upon the judiciary as a bulwark of support for their constitutional rights The media has been billed the fourth estate It has for long been commended for its autonomy and vibrancy It deserves credit for example for focusing public attention on the corrupt practices of politicians and business Today however the media appears to have lost its edge It is no longer providing high quality and in-depth commentary or coverage and it is no longer perceived to be independent Instead it is now seen as an instrument of political and business vested interests The armed services are arguably the most respected institution in the country It has acquired such respect because of its scrupulous avoidance of politics It has always remained above the civilian fray Today however there are signals to suggest a shift in this hands-off attitude Many former generals and admirals have in the wake of the naval accidents for instance vociferously criticised the defence ministry Their statements would suggest a strong undercurrent of resentment towards the civil service As it is the armed services have always chafed at the fact that they rank below officers of the IAS A further twist is the nomination of the controversial former army chief to fight the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections on a BJP ticket from Ghaziabad In and of itself this is not remarkable Many ex-servicemen have entered politics But this chief has been embroiled in unusual controversy and he has been particularly sharp about the civil service It will be interesting to see how he runs his campaign and in particular what he says to the reportedly 50000 ex-jawans in his constituency It would be worrying if he put the blame for deteriorating security on the civilian administration This because such venting of frustration by ex-servicemen could well imbalance the longstanding institutional modus vivendi between the services and the civilians Two faces dominate the campaign posters One of them may become prime minister The concern is he will become presidential if nothing is done to strengthen the checks and balances embodied in the Constitution It is to address this concern that a discussion on institutions and governance should be encouraged The writer is chairman Brookings India and senior fellow Brookings Institution For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: February 9 2017 2:02 am The victims believed to be Shiv Sena workers were travelling to Goa for a vacation Express Top News SEVEN PERSONS died and another sustained injuries in a car accident near Ratnagiri on the Mumbai-Goa highway on Wednesday morning The victims believed to be Shiv Sena workers who were all residents of Mumbai were travelling to Goa for a vacation The accident occurred around 730 am at Khanu near Pali village around 20 km from Ratnagiri Prashant Gurav (31) Sachin Sawant (31) Mayur Belnekar (28) Kedar Todkar (26) Akshay Kelkar (24) Nihal Kotiyan (22) and Vaibhav Manve (32) died on the spot while Abhishek Kambli (31) the sole survivor of the accident suffered multiple fractures He was admitted to Ratnagiri civil hospital but was later shifted to a Mumbai hospital for further treatment the police said He is said to be in a stable condition Watch What Else is Making News “Prashant was driving the car and they were going at a very high speed The driver lost control of the vehicle and veered off the road resulting in a high speed collision with a tree” said Anil Vibhuti police inspector at Ratnagiri rural police station where a case has been registered “The impact was so severe that the vehicle a silver Mahindra Xylo was completely crushed” he added Prima facie it does not look like a case of driving under influence but further information will come to light after post-mortem analysis police said All eight persons involved in the incident were residents of Shivaji Nagar Vile Parle East According to Mitesh Ghatte Additional Superintendent of Police for Ratnagiri district the persons involved in the accident were campaign workers for Shiv Sena The eight friends had left Mumbai Tuesday night for a Goa vacation The Mumbai-Goa highway is no stranger to fatal accidents Over 20 people had lost their lives when a British-era bridge near Mahad in Raigad district had collapsed in August 2016 Another accident on the highway in May 2016 had claimed seven lives six of them members of a family when a car on its way to Goa had collided with a state transport bus near Nagroli village For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Top NewsUpdated: January 28 2014 1:58 pm What explains the apparent lack of effectiveness of social audits The enforcement of punishments was weak (PTI) Related News By Akansha Yadav This article is in response to Farzana Afridi’s ‘Social audit isn’t enough’ (IE January 22) Social audits have been enshrined as one of the transparency and accountability tools in the MGNREGA Such accountability mechanisms aim to strengthen the otherwise weak institutions of delivery as they engage the beneficiaries in the process of implementation who participate measure and raise concerns related to the implementation The mere provision of a scheme does not necessarily guarantee its access and certainly not where the awareness on rights and entitlements is lacking It cannot be truer than in the case of India which has a set of well-designed social policies suffering from major implementation failure Among other things it is a stark manifestation of the existing top-down approach that has failed to deliver at the grassroots level and needs to be addressed on priority The lack of involvement of beneficiaries who are systematically disempowered and discouraged from questioning service delivery and holding implementing agencies accountable is one of the key reasons for implementation failure It is important to differentiate between the structural- and the process-related barriers to implementation that lead to financial and non-financial irregularities and the scope of social audits to impact them Structural barriers arise from within the social economic and political contexts within which the scheme operates which shape and define the constraints of implementation On the other hand process-related barriers refer to issues of awareness access to information and overall participation that impact implementation As a community monitoring tool while social audit reveals largescale corruption in the implementation of MGNREGS it also redefines and strengthens people’s engagement and participation Thus in assessing the credibility of social audits it is imperative to look at these through a qualitative lens throwing light on people’s engagement with the state at the grassroots level beyond measuring corruption The public hearing forum in the social audit process is one of the few platforms at the grassroots level where beneficiaries can voice their concerns and negotiate their entitlements directly with senior state officials In Andhra Pradesh where the process of social audits has been institutionalised so far more than 6000 public hearings have been held related not just to MGNREGS but also other schemes such as Social Security Pensions Aam Aadmi Bima Yojana Mid-Day Meal Scheme and the Integrated Watershed Management Programme Through this the state has reached out to more than one crore beneficiaries and trained more than 15 lakh village youth — of which approximately 20 per cent are women and the majority belongs to SC/ ST/ backward communities — in conducting social audits In FY 2012-13 alone public funds to the tune of Rs 50 billion have been audited in Andhra and 35000 members from the families of beneficiaries have been trained Furthermore prior to the public hearing the scheme beneficiaries are trained to form a collective capacitated to voice and negotiate entitlements at the forum This includes training in filing RTIs accessing scheme-related records verifying the records and conducting door-to-door beneficiary verification alongside worksite verification Here the role of citizens in monitoring the enforcement of entitlements and in demanding public scrutiny and transparency comes into sharp focus It brings the local government and implementing agencies directly under the radar for provisions such as the number of works completed quality of work undertaken expenses incurred on projects appropriate facilities offered at worksites etc by bringing in credible and well-scrutinised evidence This is one of the few instances where the beneficiaries reflexively engage with issues of governance and power that play out at the field level and sharpen the political edges of participatory democracy Alongside unearthing corruption related to labour and material social audits offer the finer details of corruption such as specific tasks where delays have been observed tasks not recorded or reasons for payment delays Thus social audits present firsthand ground-level challenges and policy-level issues that need to be addressed by the state It is true that social audit is an excellent community monitoring tool but judging its effectiveness by looking only at corruption data is to overlook the process of gradual empowerment it brings about at the grassroots level It provides a mechanism to those currently not getting served or are underserved and negotiate services meant for them Field observations also suggest a phenomenal lack of awareness about scheme-related entitlements that social audits address Particularly in door-to-door verification social audit gram sabha and public hearings the auditors bring to light various MGNREGA guidelines not being adhered to This creates awareness regarding rights and entitlements It also serves as an empowering tool that encourages rural citizenry to participate in local governance and creates a sense of civic responsibility Across the six rounds of social audits conducted in Andhra financial corruption of up to 72 per cent and non-financial of up to 22 per cent (maximum 35 per cent) of total issues have been brought to the state’s attention The break-up of these financial and non-financial deviations has also been specified This includes benami names (down from 52 per cent to 11 per cent in six rounds) extra measurements (up from 3 per cent to 47 per cent) and ghost work (more or less constant at 15 per cent across the six rounds) Moreover implementation-related issues have been classified under 150 categories and presented in detail at various public hearings Reports have been submitted to the vigilance wing for follow-up action Judging the credibility of the social audit process led by beneficiaries by analysing it against the post-audit follow-up led by the state and its larger impact on the scheme’s workability is a short-sighted proposition The writer is state programme coordinator Society for Social Audit Accountability & Transparency Department of Rural Development Government of Andhra Pradesh For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related News

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