Call Us: +91-11-23073004, 23073042 | Mail: info@bureaucracytoday.com

Editor speak »

    October 2016

When the powerful are beyond the pale of the law

Editor-Post

During the UPA regime, the vested interests in the Central Government had destroyed many public sector undertakings  with merciless indifference by allowing a policy drift to favour their blue-eyed boys. 
 
There is not an iota of doubt regarding the intentions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in making governance free from corruption, favouritism and nepotism. However, a single man cannot change the nation. Modi’s visionary and pragmatic leadership has infused hope, trust and optimism among people of a corruption-free and developed society and to realize this dream, ministers and bureaucrats must work together in tandem. 
 
Our Cover Story opens a can of worms present in the Power Finance Corporation which is considered the financial backbone of the Indian power sector. It is a shocking tale of how guidelines were manipulated in the Power Ministry to help PFC Director (Finance) R Nagarajan continue in his post in spite of not getting valid and proper Central Vigilance Commission clearance till date. 
 
The revelation is a testimony of the fact that the vested interests in the Government continue to manipulate the top management of PSUs. The powerful and wealthy are still placed comfortably beyond the pale of the law and the integrity of every institution of governance lies in tatters, in the same way it was during the UPA regime. 
It is a point to ponder why things have come to such a pass. And will it ever change? 
The citizens of India have expectations of transparent and corruption- free governance from the Modi Government. The bureaucrats should understand that it was high time they worked towards making the Government more open and transparent. The writing is on the wall. 
 
In the Ministry Watch segment of this edition, a former senior Indian Railways officer reveals what is ailing the transport behemoth and the way forward. The Railways is in dire need of reforms. The Government should consider restructuring the Indian Railways, a step which has helped the railways in several European countries and also in Japan to improve their market share, raise employee productivity, bolster infrastructure investments and reduce public subsidies.
 
With over 1.3 million workers, the Indian Railways is the largest non-military employer in the world. However, over the years the organization is hurtling towards a disaster due to the rampant abuse of its monopoly and mismanagement. Though the Suresh Prabhu-led Railway Ministry is now trying to overhaul the system, it will take time to turn the tide. According to Government data, the overall losses in passenger and other coaching services in the Indian Railways were Rs 33,490.95 crore during 2014-15. A CAG audit of the 442 railconstruction projects active as of March 2014 found that delays and poor planning caused costs to balloon 69% over the original estimates. Seventy-five of these projects had been in the works for more than 15 years and three for more than 30 years. Work on 22 projects hadn’t started.
 

WRITE A COMMENT

...
Sign in with
Or procced without registration

» Previous Editorials:

December 2017, November 2017, October 2017, September 2017, August 2017, July 2017, June 2017, May 2017, April 2017, March 2017, February 2017, January 2017, January 2017, December 2016, December 2016, November 2016, November 2016, October 2016, October 2016, September 2016, September 2016, August 2016, August 2016, July 2016, July 2016, June 2016, May 2016, May 2016, April 2016, April 2016, April 2016, March 2016, March 2016, February 2016, February 2016, January 2016, January 2016, December 2015, December 2015, November 2015, November 2015, October 2015, October 2015, October 2015, September 2015, September 2015, September 2015, July 2015, July 2015, June 2015, June 2015, May 2015, May 2015, April 2015, April 2015, March 2015, March 2015, February 2015, February 2015, February 2015, January 2015, January 2015, December 2014, December 2014, November 2014, November 2014, October 2014, October 2014, September 2014, September 2014, August 2014, August 2014, July 2014, July 2014, June 2014, June 2014, May 2014, April 2014, March 2014, February 2014, January 2014, December 2013, November 2013, October 2013, October 2013, October 2013, October 2013, September 2013, August 2013, July 2013, June 2013, May 2013, April 2013, March 2013, February 2013, January 2013, December 2012, November 2012, October 2012,