Social and economic progress is what any country strive to achieve. Skills and knowledge are most essential secondary drives, after health and food, to improve the economic standards of people and help people to adjust to the dynamic changes in the employment industry due to waves of global influence.
Countries around the globe are trying their best to strategize their skill development initiatives to ensure that the people are able to address their critical issue of unemployment. This is even more in case of India as it will have world’s largest workforce in the world by 2020 looking for employment.
Effective policy intervention could, ideally, provide the country’s youth with the choices necessary to move towards a better life. Recognising the challenge, the central government launched the Skill India initiative in 2015 under the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) with an aim to train over 40 crore people by 2022. To put this in perspective, less than 5 per cent of the country’s total workforce has had skill training as of the beginning of this year.
Let’s take a look at how the government’s flagship scheme is faring.
ನಮ್ಮ ರಾಜ್ಯದ ವಿರೋಧ ಪಕ್ಷ ಬಿಜೆಪಿ ಕನ್ನಡ ನಾಡಿನ ಸಂಸ್ಕøತಿ ಮತ್ತು ಪರಂಪರೆಯನ್ನು ಹಾಗೂ ಈ ಮಣ್ಣಿನ ಋಣವನ್ನು ಮರೆತಂತೆ ವರ್ತಿಸುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಬಿಜೆಪಿ ನಾಯಕರ ಮನಸ್ಥಿತಿ ಎಂಥದ್ದು ಎಂದರೆ ಅವರು ಕೇವಲ ತಮ್ಮ ಹೈಕಮಾಂಡ್ನ ಓಲೈಕೆಗೆ ಮಾತ್ರ ಇದ್ದೇವೆ ಎಂಬಂತಿದೆ. ಈ ರೀತಿಯ ಅನುಮಾನಗಳು ಮೂಡಲು ಕಾರಣ ಹಲವಾರು. ಅದು ಕಾವೇರಿ ನೀರು ಹಂಚಿಕೆಯಾಗಿರಬಹುದು, ಬರ ಪರಿಹಾರದ ವಿಚಾರದಲ್ಲಿ ಮವನವಾಗಿರಬಹುದು, ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಕೃತ ಬ್ಯಾಂಕುಗಳಲ್ಲಿನ ರೈತರ ಸಾಲ ಮನ್ನಾದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಮೌನವಾಗಿರಬಹುದು ಹೀಗೆ ಹೇಳುತ್ತಾ ಹೋದರೆ ಅದು ಮುಗಿಯದ ಅಧ್ಯಾಯವೇ ಸರಿ. ಈಗ ಕಳೆದ ಒಂದು ದಿನದಲ್ಲಿ ನಡೆದ 2 ಘಟನೆಗಳನ್ನು ಮಾತ್ರ ಗಮನಿಸೋಣ.
ಒಂದು ಕಡೆ ಜವಾಬ್ದಾರಿಯುತ ಸ್ಥಾನದಲ್ಲಿರುವ ಸಂಸದರಾದ ನಳಿನ್ ಕುಮಾರ್ ಕಟೀಲ್ ಮಾತನಾಡಿದರೆ ದಕ್ಷಿಣ ಕನ್ನಡ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಗೆ ಬೆಂಕಿ ಹಚ್ಚುತ್ತೇನೆ ಎಂದು ಹೇಳುತ್ತಾರೆ, ಮಾಜಿ ಮುಖ್ಯಮಂತ್ರಿ ಯಡಿಯೂರಪ್ಪ ಇನ್ನೂ ಒಂದು ಹೆಜ್ಜೆ ಮುಂದೆ ಹೋಗಿ ಇಡೀ ರಾಜ್ಯಕ್ಕೆ ಬೆಂಕಿ ಹಚ್ಚುತ್ತೇನೆ ಎಂದು ಬೊಬ್ಬೆ ಹಾಕುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಉಡುಪಿ ಸಂಸದೆ ಶೋಭಾ ಕರಂದ್ಲಾಜೆ ‘ಜನರೇನು ಷಂಡರೇ’ ಎಂಬ ಕೀಳು ಭಾಷೆಯನ್ನು ಬಳಕೆ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಾರೆ, ಇದು ಬಿಜೆಪಿ ನಾಯಕರ ಸಂಸ್ಕøತಿ. ಗಲಭೆಗಳ ಸೃಷ್ಟಿ ಮತ್ತು ತಮ್ಮ ಅನುಕೂಲಕ್ಕೆ ತಕ್ಕಂತೆ ಪರಿಸ್ಥಿತಿಯ ಬಳಕೆಯ ಕಲೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಬಿಜೆಪಿ ಸಿದ್ಧಹಸ್ತವಾದುದ್ದು. ತಾವು ಹಚ್ಚಿದ ಕೋಮು ದಳ್ಳೂರಿಗೆ ರಾಜ್ಯ ಸರ್ಕಾರವನ್ನು ತಳ್ಳುವ ಬಿಜೆಪಿ ಕುತಂತ್ರವೊಂದು ಬಯಲಾಗಿ, ತೀವ್ರ ಮುಖಭಂಗಕ್ಕೆ ಕಾರಣವಾಗಿದೆ. ರಾಜ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿ ನಿರಂತರವಾಗಿ ಹಿಂದೂಗಳ ಮಾರಣ ಹೋಮ ನಡೆಯುತ್ತಿದೆ ಎಂದು ಅಪಪ್ರಚಾರ ಮಾಡಲು ಹೆಣೆದ ಷಡ್ಯಂತ್ರದ ಭಾಗವಾಗಿ, ಕೇಂದ್ರ ಸರ್ಕಾರಕ್ಕೆ ಸಂಸದೆ ಶೋಭಾ ಕರಂದ್ಲಾಜೆಯವರು ಬರೆದ ಪತ್ರದಲ್ಲಿ ಬದುಕಿರುವವರು ಹಾಗೂ ವೈಯಕ್ತಿಕ ಕಾರಣಗಳಿಗೆ ಹತ್ಯೆಯಾದವರನ್ನು ಧರ್ಮದ ಹೆಸರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ನಡೆದ ಕೊಲೆಗಳು ಎಂದು ಬಿಂಬಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ.
Latest events triggered after the report submitted by DIG Roopa on the irregularities in the functioning of Bengaluru Central Jain has raised many questions on the issues related to rules laid out in the All India Services Conduct Rules. IPS officer Roopa was serving as Deputy Inspector General (Prisons) when she made a detailed report and submitted that contains serious allegations on her senior officer Director General of Police (Prisons) HN Satyanarayana Rao.
DIG Roopa has accused DGP of taking Rs. 2 cr bribe to facilitate separate and privileged arrangements for Shashikala, convicted in disproportionate case. Other irregularities include availability of marijuana in jail premises, special treatment to stamp paper scam kingpin telgi, etc. CM Siddaramaiah wasted no time in ordering an investigation based on the report submitted by DIG Roopa. The investigation will be led by retired bureaucrat Vinay.
The events that unfurled after these above incidents took an ugly turn. Both DIG and DGP took to took media to defend their actions violating all the protocols that they are abided to. The above actions by both of them were unwarranted and deserve criticisms by public. Public spat by DIG is not new to this case, she was also involved in twitter war with Mysuru MP Pratap Simha. The twitter incident drew a wide public criticism from across the lines.
A perfect case for violence of civil services conducts rules
Karnataka government took serious cognisance of the media mud sling by police officers and issued show cause to both of them. Also in order to ensure impartial investigation state government has asked DGP to go on leave and transferred DIG as DIG traffic from Prisons.
There are precedence in the past in other states as well. A trainee civil police officer in Kochi is suspended for posting lewd comments on a Facebook photo of Malayalam actress Manju Warrier.
A senior Assam police officer is suspended for posting comments against Muslims on Facebook
The actions for violating conduct rules are not new. Conduct and report should be viewed separately to ensure justice for all as enshrined in the constitution of India. Will it not be violation of principles of justice if misconduct goes unpunished just because she had pro reform report?
RBI governor Urjit Patel was summoned by Parliamentary committee on Finance, headed by Veerappa Moily, on the issue of outcome of Modi’s flagship idea ‘Demonetization’. There are statements from BJP leaders about the benefits of demonetization which is obviously not the actual state of affairs in the society.
The objectives of demonetization were curbing black money, digital payments, counterfeit currency, etc. Head of world’s largest democracy had failed to understand that most of the black money will be in the form of gold and benami property which is why we will not be able to see any benefits from demonetization.
All said and done about failed attempt in the form of demonetization but the hilarious issue is that RBI is still trying to count the amount that has come back after demonetization. “Special team is working round the clock and still counting notes”, is what Urjit Patel told the parliamentary committee.
The question that arises is how can country’s topmost bank still unable to find the exact amount that has flown back to the banks. Is it not hilarious to laugh at? Or Is Urjit Patel making these rhetoric statements to protect Modi and Arun jaitley who anchored demonetization.
Union budget 2017-18 witnessed a major shift in the budgeting pattern with the merger of non-plan and plan categories for all the ministries and also moved away from sub-plan policy of a targeted budget.
If one carefully analyse the budget from a Dalit and Tribal perspective it shows that there is a tectonic shift in the Scheduled Castes Sub Plan (SCSP) and Tribal Sub Plan (TSP) component in the budget.
The title under which allocations are made are replaced by ‘allocations for welfare of Scheduled Castes’, under statement 10A, and ‘allocations for welfare of Scheduled Tribes’, statement 10B.
This classification was made despite opposition by Chief ministers’ committee for the union government’s decision to restructure to bring centrally-sponsored ‘Umbrella Schemes for Development of Scheduled Castes’ and ‘Umbrella Schemes for Development of Scheduled Tribe’ as ‘core to core’ schemes which are to be prioritised and sanctioned by legislation.
A proper and deeper analysis shows us that the nature of allocation for SC welfare is only 53% is towards targeted scheme which in turn amounts to only 1.3 % of the total budget expenditure.
The general or non-targeted schemes include employees pension scheme, improvement in salary scale of university and college teachers, and other administrative expenses which are contra to the underlying principle of “directly benefit individuals, families and hamlets belonging to SC/ST Community,” as stated by the Jadhav regulations.
Although this Budget shows an increase in the allocation in absolute terms, it is retrogressive step for the empowerment and welfare of SC/STs. Several allocations that are administrative in nature like salaries, interest payments, subsidies and pensions are merged into welfare schemes in the name of the plan and non-plan merger. The plague of a large proportion of non-targeted schemes continue. Merger of plan and non-plan categories has legitimised large-scale diversions of SC/ST funds to pensions, salaries and so on. Most of all, reducing the sub-plans for SCs and STs to mere allocations for SC/ST welfare is definitely going back at least three decades of planning for SC/ST development in this country. This is not just a name change but major policy shift which will have an irreversible detrimental effect on building an inclusive India.
ಮಾನ್ಯ ಪ್ರಧಾನಿ ನರೇಂದ್ರ ಮೋದಿಯವರು ಅಧಿಕಾರಕ್ಕೆ ಬಂದ ನಂತರ ವಿದೇಶಗಳಿಗೆ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಭೇಟಿ ನೀಡುವ ಮೂಲಕ ದೇಶದ ಜನರಲ್ಲಿ ನಿರೀಕ್ಷೆಗಳ ಬೆಟ್ಟವೇ ಹುಟ್ಟುವಂತೆ ಮಾಡಿದರು. ಇದರಿಂದ ದೇಶದಲ್ಲಿ ಬಂಡವಾಳ ಹೂಡಿಕೆಯ ಪ್ರಮಾಣ ಹೆಚ್ಚಾಗುತ್ತದೆ, ಉದ್ಯೋಗ ಸೃಷ್ಟಿಯಾಗುತ್ತದೆ ಎಂದು ನುಡಿದಿದ್ದ ಅವರ ಮಾತುಗಳು ಕಾಲಕ್ರಮೇಣ ಹುಸಿಯಾಗುತ್ತ ಬಂದವು. ಇದು ಅವರÀ ವಿದೇಶ ಪ್ರವಾಸದಿಂದ ದೇಶಕ್ಕೇನು ಲಾಭ ಎಂಬ ಜಿಜ್ಞಾಸೆ ಮೂಡಲು ಕಾರಣವಾಯಿತು. ಮೋದಿಯವರ ವಿದೇಶ ಪ್ರವಾಸ ಮತ್ತು ಅದ ಹಿಂದಿನ ಉದ್ದೇಶಗಳ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಒಂದಷ್ಟು ಮಾಹಿತಿಯನ್ನು ನೋಡೋಣ.
You recently put out 10 questions to Rahul Gandhi under your unique signage ‘The Nation wants to know’. Contrary to your anticipation, here is a citizen of India responding to you. Logically.
1. Rahul has a right, BUT NOT a pressing national responsibility, to meet the envoy.
Ok. That is a comment, not a question.
But still, you cannot dictate responsibility of a citizen towards his nation. Not just Rahul Gandhi, but shouldn’t every citizen of India do their best to ensure national security and peace is maintained with neighbours? As a sitting member of the Indian Parliament and Vice-President of the Central Opposition Party, I believe he has all the rights, power and position to meet the enovy. The question of responsibility appears subjective; it is a national pity if you don’t think it is his & every other political leader’s responsibility to meet & ascertain facts.
Just to remind you, a similar incident took place in 2015 and our prime minister was holding an umbrella for Chinese Premier.
2. It’s not clear what the major emergency was which made him rush to the Chinese embassy on Saturday at a time when the situation on the LAC was so sensitive.
You definitely need some classes on International Politics. Instead of appreciating the efforts made by Rahul Gandhi, you want to create a conspiracy out of it. You should have raised questions to Chinese and not an Indian leader. Also, you end your statement with “the situation on the LAC was so sensitive”, does that not sound like an emergency worth attending to by leaders across the political spectrum?
3. When the Government is dealing with a sensitive situation, and Rahul knows about that, what track two was he trying to do with the Chinese?
You or me, we do not qualify to know the internal strategies that can endanger national security. Indian National Congress was part of ruling coalition of the country for the longest time and where ever we stand with China today, Rahul Gandhi is well aware about it just like any other senior Congress leader would be. There have been drastic changes in our foreign policies, which might be good for some reasons and bad for others. We are going through a drastic period of change in our foreign policy and our stance on international issues including our own. During this time, it is very important to balance our position by bringing good part of both – old and new foreign policies on table and to see if we can resolve the issue in short term and ensure that it would not happen again in long term. We may have to adopt some of the old ideas of foreign policy. In such scenario, opposition (the previous ruling party or leader) plays a major role – that’s what is happening here.
The problem is you only raise question when you can get TRP out of it. Why didn’t you raise question when present government asked our beloved former Prime Minister Shri Manmohan Singh to intervene in GST execution? Present government went to him at least three times to ask for his advice. So, putting things into perspective – government may change but the issues and people are the same and healthy collaboration is required from opposition.
By the way, I hope you have acquired your GST number – warna dhandha thoda jaldi bandh ho jayega.
4. If Rahul wanted to know the truth, why didn’t he ask the government for a debrief?
Are you the government? Do you have access to such high-level debriefing sessions of government? If yes, then it’s a serious concern for citizens of the country. If not – what is the basis of your question? There are several ways of debriefing. Direct and indirect. Few things are said and few things are not said, but expected from leader.
See, you won’t understand because no matter how many times we debrief you on your behaviour, you do not understand. So, stop challenging your mental ability to understand such complex scenarios.
5. Who goes quietly to the embassy of a foreign power that has been threatening to teach India a lesson, to “exchange views”?
Do you expect that Rahul Gandhi goes there with Band Baja ? Arnab – You don’t have to shout for everything. FYI, there are ways of doing things quietly, as well.
6. What happened in the meeting? Did the Chinese coach Rahul on their position or did Rahul angrily teach them a lesson on facts?
What would a sensible Indian do? See, Arnab we need to come out of the attitude of kill or be killed. Issues of such significance are solved through negotiation where you raise your concern and you listen to concerns of others. Unlike some news debate where one doesn’t listen but just speak. So, neither of what you said happened.
7.Is it a sheer coincidence that just a day earlier, Rahul’s tweets (not deleted yet 😊 ) attack the prime minister for “silence on China”?
Do you disagree with Rahul? China should not be silenced? If you agree with him, you would not raise this question. When you raise this question, I as a viewer doubt your credibility and priorities. It seems for you sensationalising news is more important than silencing CHINA. I doubt your patriotism.
8.Why did the Congress officially deny the meeting when news came out this morning?
Yes, it was denied by a Congress leader but not by the party. If you will apply this theory to other parties, you would realize that there is lot of bull shit spoken by ruling party MPs, MLAs and other leaders but you do not take it as a stance of the party. So, let’s not be biased here.
9.If it was fake news, then why did the Congress confirm the fake news later in the evening today?
I have laughed a lot on your questions. Any sensible person would. A news is a news only when confirmed. Just the same day, media first announced Ravi Shastri as a head coach. The same media then announced it to be fake news as said by BCCI. And by the evening, same BCCI confirmed Ravi Shastri as a head coach. The point here is, certain information has to come from certain authority before you call it a fake news or a real one. But, how would you know? I advise you to have a better content process system in place to avoid such misunderstandings. I can help if you need.
10. Rahul says it’s his job to be informed of critical issues. By the logic extended to the Chinese, would he go to the Pakistan High Commission to be informed of the situation along the LoC?
Are you so naive to compare Pakistan with China? You might like Pakistan as much as China, but China is a superpower, Pakistan is not. On any war-like situation Pakistan cannot stand against us but China definitely can. And let’s be practical here and not give so much importance to Pakistan. And as far as Pakistan is concerned our PM is doing decent job by visiting them on birthdays and other occasions.
I appreciate you asking questions through digital medium. A person can answer your questions without you interrupting them. People can read answers without you manipulating them. Reader can really think from all perspectives without any bias. They can look beyond sensationalism of the news. Unlike many BJP leaders, who cannot stand criticism, we invite your questions – only if they are backed with genuine concerns and not a publicity stunt. I hope, you will be also ready to answer some of our questions when asked? Because not far from now, people will raise questions on your biased journalism. People will ask you lot of questions ARNAB. They will question your integrity towards the nation, they will question your blindness towards some politicians. They will question your ability to stand for truth. They will question your approach to sensationalise every important constructive event. Because times will change and I hope you are prepared for that.
Just to remind you, if you are right in your stance, we will not troll you. We will not manipulate your answers. We will not shout at you. We will respect you as human being. That’s the difference between you and us. But when you are objectively incorrect, be ready to face the music. Coming to you from across this great nation. Jai Hind!