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.....👍✌

Monday, December 01, 2014

Railways to rope in TCS for e-tendering
NEW DELHI, Nov 29, 2014: : Railways are all set to rope in IT major TCS for streamlining the e-tendering process to infuse transparency. The move comes after railway minister Suresh Prabhu received the interim report from one-man committee headed by former Delhi Metro chief E Sreedharan.

A senior official said the online tendering would help cut red-tape, check corruption and speed up implementation of projects.

The cash-strapped transporter is struggling with huge pendency of projects worth more than Rs 1 lakh crore, which is eating up its resources.

As of now, tenders related to procurement are online and managed through a software developed by state-owned Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS), while a large number of tenders for construction are managed manually, leaving scope for manipulation, said a senior railway official.

Soon after getting the report, Prabhu initiated the process for putting in place a proper system and procedure to ensure accountability and transparency.

"The recommendations of the Sreedharan committee are implemented. Now, the minister will not deal with tenders," Prabhu told TOI. "Powers will be delegated to zonal heads (General Managers) and divisional heads (DRMs)," he said.

The minister said Sreedharan himself called the move a 'watershed' in the history of Indian Railways. He praised Sreedharan for adhering to the timeline and submitting the interim report within 15 days.

The Sreedharan panel was tasked to suggest a set of procedures to be followed for the tendering processes to ensure transparency and accountability.

The committee was appointed as the railways planned radical reforms to attract private and foreign investment for its mega projects and infuse transparency. It was also felt by the new dispensation that widespread corruption and manipulation had discouraged private players to invest in rail infrastructure.

The report of another committee, headed by noted economist Bibek Debroy, is awaited. The panel was asked to suggest ways to restructure the board to ensure faster decision-making. It also has to suggest ways to ensure objectivity in decision-making. Additionally, it has to recommend ways to raise finances.

On the human resources front, the committee has to suggest ways to ensure migration of officials between railways and other departments.

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