Monday, December 17, 2012

How UPA's cash transfer will work

Story of Rural India post cash transfer scheme..

If among 10 people there are only 8 coconuts and each has Rs. 10/- to shell out, the first 8 people will get the 8 coconuts.. the last two rue being last in queue..

Then if u give Rs. 2 to each of them for free, the last two inform the coconut seller that they would have given him Rs. 11/- for the same coconut.

Next time coconut seller, increases the prices to Rs.11 to get more money for all 8 coconuts as he now knows he can make more money for same products. The first 8 people buy same coconut for Rs. 11/- Again this time, the new two left out people, tell him they would have given Rs. 12/- if he kept coconuts for them.

Next time again coconut seller, increases the prices to Rs. 12 to get more money for all 8 coconuts. The first 8 ppl who reach him, buy same coconut for Rs. 12/- 

The plantation owner who sells coconuts for Rs.7 to the seller, increases prices by Re. 1/- as seller is having more margin. Now coconut costs Rs. 8/- to the seller, he cant reduce the price now.

Farm labourer complains now coconuts cost more, so he wants increased salary. Plantation owner has to increase the selling price and cant reduce it to Rs. 7/- again now.

So more price rise, more inflation.

That's cash transfer scheme of UPA working for you..

What is lost is that prosperity meant, having more coconuts to suffice all, but that requires real solutions. 

This cash transfer is a solution through diverting the taxes paid, by the coconuts buyers & sellers & plantation owners & farm labourers, to the government to bring two more coconuts to suffice their needs.

Friday, May 18, 2012

My RTI victory

Chemist made to pay 3 lakh

TNN Feb 1, 2012, 05.32AM IST
BANGALORE: A 31-year-old techie working with a multinational corporation got an unregistered chemist in Banashankari to cough up a Rs 3-lakh fine to the commercial taxes department. All through a Rs 10 Right to Information application form.
Amit Deshpande stumbled upon the racket after he saw that the bills, given to a family member who purchased medicines from the chemist, didn't have a Taxpayers' Identification Number (TIN). There were even Scheduled H drugs given without a doctor's prescription . Drugs which cannot be sold over the counter were freely available.
"In October 2011, I wrote a letter to the proprietor questioning him about these things, but he never responded. I filed an RTI application with the commissioner of commercial taxes to find out whether he was a registered dealer. Based on that, commercial tax officers conducted an inspection of the chemist's shop and found he was an unregistered dealer," Amit told TOI.
Amit recently got a 'Thank You' letter from the office of additional commissioner of commercial taxes (enforcement) for being a whistleblower.
"During out inspection, we noticed that the chemist was not registered. All purchase bills for 2009-10 , 2010-11 and 2011-12 have been taken. The dealer has accepted the discrepancies and agreed to discharge the tax liability. The total tax liability is Rs 3 lakh," said MS Sathyaprakash , assistant commissioner of commercial taxes, south zone, Bangalore.
The dealer paid the tax due and was also made to procure a Value Added Tax Registration Certificate.

Friday, March 16, 2012

India pays back 'India's Most Wanted' and how!

Icons who supplement sense of belonging towards a society, are hailed instantly as heroes. Such icons are 'most wanted' and sought-after in our society. At the same time, the ones who are bestowed with fame in the process, are also pulled down cruelly at the slightest hint of vulnerability. How would a man, who has helped in netting dreaded absconding criminals be made to feel? He would definitely be treated with utmost respect in any other society, but seemingly not so, in unfortunate India. My statement can be termed as gross cynicism, may be until I present an example.

Suhaib Ilyasi, pioneer of reality television show in India and anchor of first crime based program, 'India's Most Wanted' risked his career for a program listing 'wanted' criminals of various jurisdictions of India. Of course, it was a commercial venture and as commercial as the koo-chi-koo romantic programs or sitcoms that were crowding the television schedules. But instead of laughing his way to the bank by showing make-believe stories, he chose to utilise the reach of television to help fight crime plaguing the society. It requires guts to face death threats but persist with something one is passionate about. India's Most Wanted helped to nab 135 fugitives. The service he did to the nation is unmatched even to this date. Yet, after such a huge contribution, he is today remembered with suspicion, all due to the verdict of being held 'guilty until proven innocent' by kangaroo courts of media houses.

Suhaib's wife Anju committed suicide on January 10, 2000 by stabbing herself to death. Three months after the incident, he was arrested for a dowry demand of Rs.10000 He was charged under Sec-498a and Sec-304B of IPC. Sec-304B considers any unnatural death of a wife within 7 years of marriage as dowry death. The sub-divisional Magistrate in his report indicated that Anju's injuries were self-inflicted and suicidal in nature. But media had already declared him as a murderer. I remember, reading reports and 'analysis' in newspapers, of 'how staying in touch with crime news can turn one's thought process also criminal'.

When one understand the facts of the cases, it comes across that it was not only that he was charged after nearly 3 months of his wife's death, but also dowry claim was a ridiculous Rs. 10000. The fight was all about the custody of his daughter. A day after the suicide, his in-laws had rejected possibility of foul play and admitted of Anju, his wife, being short-tempered. But two months later, his sister-in-law Rashmi filed the cases after he refused to give custody of his child to her. Not only that, it was his brother-in-law and father-in-law who contested the allegations charged! He was later charged with murder as well and also got acquitted. This is a clear open-and-shut case of misuse of laws.

It seemed that Suhaib during the course of his shows had stepped on toes of some politicians and the politician-mafia nexus had did him in. India which had benefited from his service should have rallied behind him, but we as a society failed him with our silence.

Suhaib embraced oblivion. The wounds that his soul has nursed can be imagined when he describes himself, first as a 'father', then everything else. He is now Editor-in-Chief at 'Bureaucracy Today'. Continuing his streak of exposing crime, his team of reporters Shalini Singh and Vandana Vasudevan busted the nexus of Kingfisher Airlines and HPCL officials which unfairly favoured the airlines incurring hefty losses to the state-unit. 

They were helped by another whistle-blower Mr. Ravi Srivastava who was hounded out, by unscrupulous corrupt people from HPCL. He was also an activist with the Anna Andolan and volunteered at Navi Mumbai Chapter of India Against Corruption. This expose has nearly brought down the KingFisher Airlines.

Fighting prickly depression and sense of persecution, Suhaib has still kept his pledge with the nation intact and still wants to impact the society positively. He is now bringing in a movie '498a - The Wedding Gift' that highlights the misuse of the dowry laws in India. This time India has a chance to correct its mistake and reward him by making this film successful. 

The onus is truly on you and me to embrace him or continue to hound him. Lets see, how India pays back for the services of its 'most wanted' son.