Discrimination faced by Mumbaikars...

If the housing societies in Mumbai (Bombay) are only meant for families (married couples), then the government of Maharashtra should make marriage compulsory in the state/city.
Or else the government should tell its citizens where will Unmarried, Divorcees, Bachelors, Spinsters live in the city of skyscrapers or is Bombay only for those who have families.
This is one of the greatest mental blocks of Mumbaikars, who otherwise want to bask in the FALSE HALO of Cosmopolitanism.
This disease (of not giving apartments to Bachelors, Muslims, etc on rent) is specially prevalent in housing societies where the Gujaratis, Marathis and North Indians (to some extent) abound; while the rest of the population is more or less okay with the concept.
The government of Maharashtra should take this matter seriously and devise laws to eradicate this malice ASAP, so that BOMBAY (and its suburbs) becomes free of discrimination based on Marital Status, Religion, etc. Or else the Honourable Supreme Court of India should step in, and give directions to the state or central governments -- so that the fundamental rights of its citizens enshrined in the constitution of India is not violated.

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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