Budget and fast implementation

Many welcome news are coming from various ministers. Smriti Irani, while getting critical views from the leftist historian Romila Thapar, has appealed to all the directors of IITs to mentor some engineering colleges in the vicinity. If executed with concern, it will have multiplier effect on the quality of output of engineers graduating from those colleges. I wish she also pronounces the progress made. Gadkari is moving fast to restart the many road projects worth more than a lakh that are held up, soon. Gadkari further has promised to speed up the road construction to 30 kms per day. And that will mean 27,000 kms of highways by this government even if he considers 300 days in a year for just three years.

After all the announcements in various documents of different platforms, all the executive machinery must focus on fast implementation.

1. All the ministries must cut its flab of expenditures even without waiting for the report of the Expenditure Management Commission (EMC) that is to submit an interim report by year end to help in subsidy rationalisation and enhance the efficacy of public outlays. For a real change to come, the ministers must discuss cost-cutting, productivity and operational efficiencies. It is never late to learn. I wonder if the ministers and implementing bureaucrats get the assistance from the best brains on the subject even if it meant its import from private sector or abroad. They must appreciate the cost of poorly designed projects and that of inordinate delays.

2. The common people like me and many were expecting the government to identify and list out some visible acts and projects that will make the people to perceive the government working hard and efficiently to develop the country . By the end of 100 days, the new government must let the nation know at least 100 priority projects with its target and what percentage of the same will be completed by the end of first, second, third and fourth year. The country men will like to see the progress on ground. A special website will be the requirement.

I wish the government sees the reason behind this, as that will differentiate this government from the previous ones. All Indians are hankering for seeing the progress on projects such as bullet trains between Mumbai and Ahmedabad or dedicated freight corridors, or for that matters the improving cleanliness all over India and clean Ganga. Indians will judge the government on basis of bringing the promised IITs, IIMs, and AIIMS in operation before the next election in 2019. Indians will not wait for five years to see the progress on promised actions of improvements, so they must be constantly informed.

3. As reported, if the government succeeds in getting amended various contentious labour legislations as initiated by Rajasthan, and strikes at the much-dreaded inspector raj successfully, it will certainly improve the poor perception about India as destination for operating an enterprise and doing the business.

4. The ministries will have to be proactive. The announcement of 49 percent FDI in defence production or lifting of the need of licences for manufacturing many defence equipment may also require special efforts from the concerned ministries to persuade the prospective investors to come and establish the manufacturing facilities. Perhaps foreign affairs ministry through embassies and consulates will have to work for marketing the potential of India. Perhaps, Modi will have to discuss with the heads of Wipro, HCL, or Airtel why could not they expand the manufacturing of hard wares that they were already manufacturing and why did they abandoned manufacturing or hived off the business. Manufacturing will require something more than just policies to become competitive. Modi may have to motivate all the manufacturing PSUs such as BHEL, BEL, or BMEL to become world class giants in its fields, may have to encourage them for developing products of world class quality and to target exporting at least 30 percent.

5. Ministers such as those in Telecom, Aviation, or Heavy Industry must stop providing budgetary support to PSUs instead they must a clear signal to perform or perish. PSUs must not be supported year after year to live on their inefficiencies. Why should not BSNL or MTNL take up the task of reaching the target of connecting all cities, small towns and rural India with high speed broad band? Can’t India tap the potential of IT sector and its talent by providing the world class digital connectivity? Indians, particularly the young users, will certainly expect India to have world class infrastructure in this field from tech- savvy Modi. Why should not Modi government fast track the national optic fibre network (NOFN) ?

Let the government perform with a missionary zeal.. Implementation……Implementation …….. Implementation…

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Powering India- Solar way

“Q: What are your plans for promoting solar power?
A:We want to wait and see what happens to the commerce ministry’s decision to impose anti dumping duty on import of equipment.
We have requested for the review. However, we have a limited capacity to manufacture equipments for solar power and cannot look at expanding solar mission. We should make a road map for making equipment for solar power.
Also, the earlier government has left us saddled with pending disbursements of subsidies. We are trying to get some funds to reduce this burden.”

-From one interview of Piyush Goyal, the new power minister, that appeared in Economic Times.

It is disgusting, shocking. I hope Goyal changes his mindset of his former assignment as spokesperson of BJP. He is now one of the ‘bhagyabidhatas’ of India and a billion plus Indians.

While in morning walk some weeks ago, I was surprised to see a billboard ‘we are going solar’ in front yard of a house in the community Harmony in Cary, North Carolina, where we are staying with Anand for more than a month now. I told Anand and Shannon about it. They were in knowledge about the company as some other neighbour had got its rooftop solar installed and circulated a note about his experience. Shannon and Anand also had decided to explore its viability. Anand is really excited about the potential of solar power in domestic application.

Interestingly, a representative of Southern Energy, the company that has provided the solar energy system in the community, visited us just after few days. I had the opportunity to learn from him about the increasing use of solar energy in US for domestic purposes. One gets the reduction of electricity bill. The generated solar electricity gets transferred to the grid. The US federal and state governments are providing subsidy up to 75 percent of the investment. As per the representative, Anand house can have solar instalment that can meet the full load of about 1500 KwHr per month, but normally 40 to 70 percent coverage is good enough for a good return on investment. For covering the full load, the actual investment of about US $ 18,000-20,000 will be required after accounting for the discount.

There is also one other business model provided by another solar power provider company, ‘Solar City’. The company does not charge anything for the installation of the system. The user pays every month the company a fixed amount calculated on basis of his present average consumption.

As reported, the Solar City is growing almost at the rate of about 100percent. SolarCity installed about 270 MW for all of 2013. The management predicted 475 MW to 525 MW of installations for 2014, up to 89% growth over 2013.

As reported,’Solar energy production in the United States is doubling every 2 years. The cost of installation has come down and the spread of a decentralized solar energy network is becoming more threatening to the energy industry each quarter.’

In the houses in my village in India, the solar energy has been providing basic minimum electricity for years for lighting and some other essential gadgets, when we didn’t have grid connection. Even after the grid connection, the power outages are extensive, and those solar installations provide some relief.It is not that India is not moving forward with the solar energy installations. While the current solar power capacity of India is 2,600 MW, government hopes to cross 20,000 MW by 2022. However, India is to speed up.

As reported, in Financial Express,’Tata Power Delhi Distribution, plans to launch a unique rooftop solar initiative that will allow residents of north Delhi to produce solar power and even sell it to the discom at a profit if they have a surplus or do not wish to use it…A 1 kw of solar PV installation roughly costs between Rs 70,000 to 80,000 and generates 4 to 5 units a day. Such installations take up roof space of about 10 to 12 square metres…A 1 kw of solar PV installation roughly costs between Rs 70,000 to 80,000 and generates 4 to 5 units a day. Such installations take up roof space of about 10 to 12 square metres.’

With the stories of recent severe power outages in this summer of Delhi and NCR, rather of the whole of North India and their inconveniences, the rooftop solar system can certainly be the best solution. As much as I know, a huge number of households own houses costing more than even Rs 10 million. Many have got installed diesel generators polluting the atmosphere. They can certainly afford and get installed a clean rooftop solar power system, even if the governments do not provide the subsidy.

As one report goes, ‘Narendra Modi is working on a plan to meet a significant portion of power demands of major cities through solar by 2019. All the power-starved states are to emulate the Gandhinagar, where solar developers rented the terraces of residential and public buildings for setting up solar panels. It now accounts for 2 MW of the total generated in the state annually. The developers pay the house-owners Rs. 3 per unit generated from the latter’s roofs while the state government buys the power generated for the grid.’ Rooftop generation is catching on in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka too. The states are pushing for a do-it-yourself model for house-owners, encouraging them to set up solar arrays on the roofs and derive a part or all of their power needs from these and sell the surplus to the government.’

Some data below may enthuse the governments and the Indian households to go solar:
1. Global solar PVR power capacity grew from about 2.2 GW in 2002 to 100 GW in 2012.
2. Approximately 66% of installed world solar PVR power capacity has been installed in the past two and a half years. And total installed capacity is projected to double in the coming two and a half years.
3. Germany accounted for nearly one third of global(22%) solar PVR capacity at the end of 2012, with Italy at 16%, US at 7.2%, and China at 7.0%. India is not in the list of top 10 countries.
4. The price of solar PV panels has dropped about 80% since 2008 in 2012.

The solar power can contribute significantly to solve the major power problem and to cut down the pollution associated with the traditional power generation. And so,

1. The government must encourage householders, and the power providing companies to solve the acute power problem that causes extreme inconvenience in our hot country for the most part of the year with rooftop solar installations with suitable business models. This is what even the developed nations are doing.
2. The domestic companies such as Tata Power, Reliance Power, or other power providing companies must get involved in promoting solar power, as the solar power will have to be fed in power grid.
3. The government and private companies must induce and incentivise the national laboratories of CSIR, DRDO, and IITs to focus on the R&D part of the commercial application of solar power, in developing the technologies of storage battery, solar cells or hydrogen fuel cell.
4. MNCs such as LG, Panasonic, or Sun Power present in the country are to be encouraged to bring in the manufacturing of the solar cells with the best possible efficiency and its R&D activities in the country.

Let us not only pray the Sun god, let us take the services of Sun god as his boon to solve our acute problem. All the householders can help themselves in solving power problem once some good utility providing companies come forward with their business models for roof top solar power installations.

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PS: And on June 20, Graham Alexander, Southern Energy Management, sent his proposal with the data below:
System: 27 LG solar cells panels, with SMA inverter e Gauge monitoring system roof mount installation (inclusive of racking,wire and conduit, permits, interconnection applications and filings. System is a direct grid-tied with no battery backup, and is interconnected through Progress Energy(SunSense) on a Net-Metered schedule
System size: 7.29 kw DC, First year energy production 8,844 kWh
Current Energy cost $ 0.099 /kWh
Lifetime cost of energy with no solar $ 0.166/kWh
Lifetime cost of energy with solar $ 0.055/kWh
First year solar savings $ 1220
Average annual solar savings $ 1459
First year rate of return 9.8%( increasing to 15.9% in 25th year)
Project Price
Total Turnkey Price $ 33, 785
-Upfront utility rebates $ 2,971
-30%federal Tax credit $ 9,983
-35%NC State Tax credit $ 10,500
+Federal Tax on State credit $2 ,625
Net installed cost $ 12,449
The solar installation add value to the home of about $ 21,888 approx.
Environmental benefits will be equivalent to 317,299 miles not driven for a car and 3558 tree saplings planted

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An open letter to the ministers and MPs from Bihar

An open letter to the ministers and MPs from Bihar

Nitish Kumar lost the track that he promised to develop Bihar after he broke the marriage with BJP. There is none in the state who can create hope in the aspiring youngsters. Will you do something positive to make Bihar proud of you? I have just few suggestions:

1. Help the long-stalled proposed Madhepura rail locomotive factory and the Rs 1,200-crore diesel locomotive factory in Marhowrah operative and running through your persistent interventions with the concerned ministries at the centre and at state level. It can bring Bihar on the map of industrialised states of the country, if the project chiefs are given autonomy and the companies are allowed to grow on sound management principles. Both the companies can a attract a large numbers of small companies around the factory sites as part suppliers, as a huge number of parts will be required by it. Both the places can develop as the clusters of industrial activities with a potential for a large employment.

2. As a basic initial requirement, please intervene with and facilitate the skill development ministry to get few ITIs established in or near the townships. Both the factories will require a good number of skilled persons.

3. Please use your clout in Delhi to facilitate the fast progress of the prestigious central government projects such as Nalanda International University and the two central universities.

4. Your help can also get World Heritage status for Vikramshila And Sasaram for its unique historical past.

5. And a foundation of all growth and development can be laid with establishment of maximum number of schools- Kendriya, Navodaya and Kasturba in rural Bihar.

6. Meet and Encourage the well known young entrepreneurs from IITs, IIMs or other institutions who are working already in Bihar in scaling up their operations.

The whole of Bihar is looking for a brighter future for Bihar and you can get them all. That will only ensure your winning spree in next challenges.

(For Union ministers — law and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, food and consumer affairs minister Ram Vilas Paswan, petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan, minister of state for rural development Upendra Kushwaha Radha Mohan Singh, minister of agriculture and MPs such as Rajiv Ruddy and a whole lot of them)
Sincerely, Indra R Sharma
(Presently in Cary, North Carolina, USA)

PS: If rightly handled, these companies may become one day one like GE, EMD of the US or China’s CSR and CNR. If the new government and its railway ministry so dream and incorporate a global standard R&D facility with the factories, it can beside meeting the domestic requirements can also be a big exporter. The facilities must be planned, manned and monitored with a high objective and all these can be realised.

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Educating India- Some Good and Some Shocking Aspects

I would have loved if Smriti Irani would have gone to establish one of the three types (Kendriya, Navodaya, and Kasturba) of schools in every block of the countryside instead of talking about ‘One IIT and IIM in every state‘.

It will be better if all the new IITs, IIMs and other institutes of higher learning and research already initiated earlier are put in full operation along with the prestigious Nalanda International University and all central universities.

However, there seems to be some interesting reasons for me to back Irani’s project. With a craze for getting these alumni of IITs and IIMs engaged in the activities such as election campaign of political parties and most of the engineers joining financial institutes or starting e-based businesses, perhaps the need of getting larger number of these graduates is imperative.

I wish the new government could also think of the ways to retain the engineers from these institutes in engineering engagements, endeavours and enterprises.

And IIMs must make experience of at least five years as one of the basic requirements for admission. Perhaps, it will then discourage IIT engineers from entering IIMs. It would have benefited engineering companies. Indian manufacturing companies could have produced some really globally accepted products. I really feel shocked after hearing that one of my acquaintances from electronics or electrical branch joined IIMs and then a bank. The companies in engineering sector must become attractive enough for the meritorious engineers too.

It was heartening to hear from the IITJEE topper of the year about his wish for a career in research. However, I don’t know if he shall be able to keep that mission in place after four years at any of the IIT campus. And I also felt bad after knowing that he had also gone to Kota and sought coaching.

Anand Kumar of Super 30 of Patna continues with his success rate. But he would have made it at least a Super100 with increased number of IITs.

But the most shocking news related to higher education comes from MP. As reported, “MBBS students from neighbouring states (called “scorers”) would be engaged as impersonators for weak students from MP. Seating arrangements inside the hall would be adjusted to ensure that the “scorer” sat next to the student who copied the answers. Another way involved leaving the OMR sheets partially blank so that they could be filled later at MPPEB headquarters.”

Why should such misdemeanours be not treated as criminal and all the accused placed under life imprisonment beside making all the examinees barred from practising medical profession life long.

Education must get attention from every side of the society. Will Indians be good enough to keep this sector at least a corruption-free one?

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Mother Language and my Views

As reported, ‘Modi talks to foreign leaders in Hindi even though he is reasonably comfortable in English. Apparently, he uses translators for Hindi-English or Hindi-Russian language conversions, but if he gets replies in English he needs no reverse translation.’ In stead of taking a national pride in it, some vested interest of media are trying to give a negative twist. I somehow smelt the same after watching a debate on NDTV 24×7 in ‘The Big Fight’ anchored by Vikram Chandra. Why should such issue get a priority that may be divisive? Please watch and let me have your views

Very soon, I shall be starting my ‘sanyas ashram’, but before that I can certainly talk and write on some subject with my emotional ferment. In late 40s and early 50s, I started my high school education in Birlapur living with my grandfather. My grandfather in those days used to write his dairy- one page every day- in English, as he had all his education in English. Because of our nationalist views imprinted in us by our teacher in village, Ganga Dyal Pandey, whom we respected blindly, We insisted with my dadaji to change his dairy language to Hindi. I got education up to School Final of West Bengal Board with Hindi as medium of writing while my teachers in class taught only in Bangla. I learnt a little bit of Bangla, particularly the conversational. Starting from Presidency College from where I did my Intermediate in Science examination of Calcutta University to IIT, Kharagpur, English was the medium of teaching. It was inconvenient all the way, but today I do not consider the language as cause of much concern ever. During my professional career of almost forty years in West Bengal, I got benefited with my working knowledge of Bangla.

When my Yamuna joined me, she also picked up Bangla. My kids didn’t get much exposure of Bhojpuri, but they learnt to understand that because of the frequent visitors from the region. Anand is best with Bhojpuri because he had spent a lot of time with my father when he came to live with us while Anand was in school. Between Yamuna and myself, we had decided to use Hindi pretty early. We hardly spoke with our kids in English at home, though they studied in English medium. They picked up Bangla too. All the Hindi, Bhojpuri and Bangla around the at home never caused any problem for them in picking up English well. All of them are today in US. Unfortunately, over the years they have lost the touch and will hardly be comfortable with the reading and writing in Hindi. My grand children will hardly ever be in position where they will be using Hindi conveniently in any manner. It is troublesome for Yamuna, but she manages and we have accepted the situation. Interestingly, here in US schools, the grand children have picked up Spanish. Sometimes, I heard Mandarin also from Zach, the youngest of Anand.

US companies are integrating the people coming from different countries in the world with all sort of accent of English, but working together with no trouble. US schools encourage the additional learning of other languages of the world. The trend is becoming popular even in India. The private schools of metros and cities are providing the facilities for learning a number of foreign languages. Even at very early age, the kids on their own or sometimes facilitated by the enlightened parents go for other languages.

It is only the community in politics that are questioning the use of English as medium or sometimes opposes the teaching of Hindi as it was apparent in the debate on the TV channel that I referred above. But another news report from Chennai coming from Tamil Nadu from the same channel was astonishing and surprisingly pleasant too: “In the 1960s, Tamil Nadu saw violent protests against the compulsory learning of Hindi. Now, in a turnaround, many parents and schools in the state have launched a battle against the monopoly of Tamil and say they want Hindi.”

Months ago, I had read another news report also from Chennai that talked of the election campaign in Hindi in the residential pockets of Hindi immigrants. Hindi cinemas also have enhanced the popularity of Hindi among younger generation besides the possibility of transfer to Northern region for better job opportunity or the same for zeroing on the life partner from North India during college days.

The schooling up to class VI, say till a child is around 12 years of age must focus on just two subjects-language and math. The teaching of the language must include the vernacular nearest to the mother language along with English. The knowledge of all other subjects must be imparted through the curricula of the languages. At the end of class VI, the child must be proficient in reading and understanding the subject referred as well as in conversing fluently. He must be able to write too. The thrust should be on building good vocabulary and on encouraging reading. Unfortunately, the present schooling does not meet these requirements that are necessary as social necessity today to succeed in life through different phases.

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Manufacturing India: Media and Government Endorsements

Here is an excerpt from Economist from which we can learn that the world understands and appreciates the potential of India to emerge as one of the top manufacturing power. However, the government, through the necessary reforms such one coming from Rajasthan, fast implementation of infrastructure projects of roads, rails, aviation, ports and broadband/Internet speed, involving and, if necessary, handholding some key entrepreneurs and reforming some taxes, will have to move effectively to grab the opportunities that may slip to other competitive destinations in no time.


Manufacturing powers:
One of the major forces reshaping global business is that of rising wages in China. Nominal wages have been rising at over 10% a year in every year since 1997: Chinese workers are still much cheaper than those in, say, the United States, but the gap is closing rapidly. China has managed to create such a dominant position in global manufacturing supply chains, despite rapidly increasing wages, partly because of its infrastructure, but also because productivity growth has been unusually rapid.

Over the next five years we think that Chinese wages will continue to rise fast. Productivity will rise as well, but this is going to change the type of activity in which Chinese workers are competitive. Countries all around the world, such as Bangladesh, Peru and Nigeria, are hoping to get a slice of labour-intensive manufacturing supply chains as Chinese factories focus on a different stage of production. Which countries are best placed to move into this gap? One country stands out as having a lot of potential: India. It has low wages and business inputs are low, and it has the scale to attract big firms that many countries in, say, Africa lack. India’s business environment is very difficult, however, and its infrastructure is poor. But if India can get the building blocks right, then China’s rising wages create an opportunity it is uniquely placed to capture.”

Interestingly, Financial Express has article on trade policy that talks of some aspects of the FTA agreements discouraging manufacturing. Has the FTA agreements benefited India, particularly its manufacturing sector? There are worries that in one respect they may have harmed the country’s economic interest. India, like its partners, has excluded a number of non-agricultural products from the elimination of duty in these agreements. The exclusions have resulted in an inverted tariff structure, whereby the import duty has been eliminated on the finished products while being retained on parts and components. As a result, the original equipment manufacturers prefer to do business by importing finished goods rather than manufacturing the product in India from imported or domestically-produced parts and components. There has been a large influx of imports of such goods as refrigerators, air-conditioners, washing machines, microwave ovens and television sets (below 19 inches). The tariff structure is stimulating imports and inhibiting local manufacturing.

There is also some controversy on FDI in defence sector between CII and FICCI on three possible levels of FDI – 49, 74 and 100 per cent, that is intended to boost manufacturing in India.

Another suggestion from a private company intending to come in manufacturing of defence products is as this: “Any increase in FDI in defence must be accompanied by a commitment to transfer technology to the Indian entity in a phased manner (starting, for example, from 30 per cent and going up to the 90 per cent to 100 per cent over a two- to five-year period). A similar phased percentage of local content must be applicable in the serial production phase and the Indian entity should also undertake to export the equipment being manufactured after a period of three to five years or so. In this manner, it can become part of the global supply chain of foreign defence companies investing in India.”

Why can not the debate be conclusive? India must become a manufacturing power. Let all the member companies of both CII and FICCI must effectively endorse and invest in that.

However, the good signals are being heard. The President and thus the government has agreed: The President speech to joint session had the following specific point besides others welcome ones:

27. For rapid creation of jobs in the manufacturing sector, the government will strategically promote labour-intensive manufacturing. ……Employment opportunities will also be expanded by promoting…… agro-based industries………

28. We need to transform ourselves into a globally competitive manufacturing hub powered by Skill, Scale and Speed. To this end, the government will set up world class investment and industrial regions, particularly along the Dedicated Freight Corridors and Industrial Corridors spanning the country. My Government will encourage the domestic industry to innovate and collaborate internationally. It will strive to move towards a single-window system of clearances both at the Centre and at the States through a hub-spoke model.

29. To strengthen our share in global trade, procedures will be simplified and trade infrastructure strengthened so as to reduce transaction time and costs. The SSI and Handicraft sectors will be encouraged by providing them enhanced technological, marketing and investment support. Export potential of this sector will be encouraged. My government will make every effort to improve the working conditions of our weavers in particular. It will also set up a task force to review and revive our MSME sector.

30. …….We will encourage R&D and high level local manufacturing for railway systems. ……….

40. My Government … ..will encourage domestic industry, including the private sector; to have a larger share in design and production of defence equipment. We will introduce policies to strengthen technology transfer, including through liberalised FDI in defence production. With readily available skilled human resource, India can emerge as a global platform for defence manufacturing including software, which will strengthen our defence and spur industrial development as well as exports.

And Jaitley has emphatically endorsed that: “This is the last opportunity to be a part of the low-cost manufacturing revolution taking place in some Asian countries. We want to make India a low-cost manufacturing hub.”

Let us hope for a bright future for Indian manufacturing sector.

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An Open Letter to Prime Minister Modi

The media is flooding with the wish lists of action plans and dreams for Modi. Let me add some of mine.

1. At the outset , let all your ministers understand and appreciate that you do not have five years to be judged and voted again but much less a period. As the very first thing, let them all, your ministers and babus get all the ongoing projects moving at visibly greater urgency and speed.

2. You might have asked the ministers to list out what they can get completed in next hundred days. But as next item, your government must plan the projects and plans listing what you shall be completing by the end of the first, second, third and fourth years, all the backlogs of the previous year getting completed in the running year. The uncompleted ones at the end of the fourth year must get completed by the time the next election dates are announced. Otherwise, the people who are much more intelligent than assumed will get totally disenchanted about your ability of getting implemented the dreams you sell to them. They must get fruitful engagement to fulfil their aspirations.

3. Let each project be identified by measurable characteristics, numbers, miles, MWs, Expected Dates of Completion (EDC) etc. and never by sanctioned amounts.

4. The media is getting flooded with new promises: reduction of inflation, clearances of help up of infrastructure projects, announcements of hordes of model school, ITIs, one IITs, and AIIMS in every state, clean Ganga and even Yamuna flowing by Delhi, Mumbai-Delhi, Bangaluru-Chennai or Delhi-Kolkata industrial corridors, a 2BHK accommodation with toilet and electricity, and tapped water for all the poor, golden quadrilateral and NS and EW corridor converted to a minimum six-eight lane expressways and few additional ones such as Bangaluru, Mysore and Lucknow-Kanpur, high speed train services at least one between Mumbai and New Delhi, one important ant river interlinking project. But it will mean hardly any thing if people do not see work initiated fast and ultimately if it can not be completed by 2019. Why should any of projects take more than 5 years, if the planning and execution are managed scientifically and efficiently and the merits of those executing them are given preference?

5. Simultaneously, for controlling the main concern of continuing inflation, can you work for cutting down the number of middle men so called intermediary between the consumers or the endusers and producers or manufacturers, as these middlemen are only adding to the cost escalation without hardly ant value additions, beside impressing on the state government to act ruthlessly with hoarders.

6. While the exports of India’s high-tech, high-margin products need more encouragements and must get incentives, the unscrupulous traders must be counselled to encourage indigenous manufacturers and dissuaded firmly to cut on the import of poor quality household items just because they can sell all the junks in our huge consumer market. The government must involve big players in organised retails such as Reliance, Birlas, Mittals, Biyani’s Big Bazar or other brands such as Home Centres to encourage local manufacturers to innovate and produce globally competitive low tech household items that are in huge demands world over that can strengthen the country’s manufacturing sector. It is unfortunate that all these outlets along with thousands other smaller ones are engaged in importing and retailing only the cheap Chinese items of all sorts. Even the manufacturing OEMs in many sector such as even automobiles prefer to outsource its parts rather than getting them developed and procuring them from local parts manufacturers. Many have just turned assemblers with hardly any value additions.
(To be continued)

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