Presidential Elections: Support Dr.Meira Kumar

Bihar and Jharkhand governments have no choice but to support Dr.Meira Kumar. As defeat of "Bihar ki Beti" will invariably bring Shame to the Biharis and Jharkhandis (or erstwhile unified Bihar). Do you think that, people of Bihar will leave Nitish Kumar Scott - free, if Dr.Meira Kumar loses ? So, Nitish Kumar has very little option left but to support, Dr.Meira Kumar.

Moreover, if Nitish Kumar wants to fall in the BJP's well calculated electoral TRAP no one can save him in the next election.

Also, I am surprised to see Mr.Navin Pattanayak, so easily chewing the RSS bait. Orissa is a state, where there is large chunk of Tribal Christian voters loyal to the BJD (Biju Janata Dal). I am still to fathom, BJD's sudden electoral gamble of siding with the RSS and the BJP; when Mr.Pattanayak has been maintaining distance from them since some time.

Besides, the election of Dr.Meira Kumar, who is educated, experienced and very sober, might also correct some of the historical mistakes of not making her father, the Prime Minister of India.

Also, I don't think all the Muslim and Christian MPs and MLAs from the TDP and TRS will ever support a RSS backed Candidate, who acted against Dalit Christian and Muslin reservations. Therefore, invariably cross voting will take place, which might give the underdog, Ms.Kumar, a win. Support Dr.Meira Kumar, give a conscience vote and make her the 2nd Female President of India.

All the best to Dr.Meira Kumar.....👍✌



Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Government mulling new PPP platform to give big push to infrastructure development 
New Delhi, 18 June, 2014: The government is mulling a special platform to allow infrastructure players to renegotiate already bid public-private partnership (PPP) projects, a move aimed at giving a big push to infrastructure development in the country.

Discussions have begun on creating a 'resolution panel' in line with global practices as the government looks to breathe new life into PPP implementation.

"A number of issues keep cropping up in PPP....Allowing renegotiation after a project is bid out has emerged as a crucial challenge in most infrastructure sectors," said an official at an infrastructure ministry, who is privy to deliberations on the issue.

Most countries have a provision for renegotiation of contracts under the PPP mode. For example, South Africa's PPP unit is empowered to approve changes in conditions. Similar models are followed in many other countries.

In India, renegotiation of contracts has been done very selectively. C Rangarajan, who was chairman of the Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council until last month, was asked to look at resetting of premia for road projects when a number of projects got stuck in the economic downturn.

The finance ministry had recently called a meeting to discuss what needs to be done for the PPP framework to support the new government's big infra push.

Industry experts say PPP contracts need to recognise 'Black Swan' events. "Renegotiation is necessary in PPP .It happens all over the world and is needed.... It is humanly impossible to make accurate forecast for 30-40years," said Vinayak Chatterjee, chairman, Feedback Infra Pvt Ltd.

A number of private players had bid aggressively for road projects but then sought reset of premia as economic growth fell.

The issue has also been taken up by industry bodies including CII with the government time and again.

The official said the general view in the government is that a special resolution body should be put in place that would renegotiate contracts. 

"The government can spell out parameters on which these contracts can be renegotiated...But a mechanism is the call of the hour for the sector," said the official. 

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