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And we have been seeing some interesting headlines in the recent newspapers like:
Panchayat members to get monthly salaries (Panch- Rs. 1500/-, Dy. Sarpanch- Rs. 2000/-, Sarpanch – Rs. 2500/-). This , infact, is our dear Santa Claus Manohar Parrikar at work. Now, the otherwise non-working members of the Panchayat will be getting salaries for doing nothing. If at all any work is done by the Panchayat members, or at least the ruling camp, it is to fill their own pockets and the pockets of their respective MLAs by encouraging illegal constructions and giving illegal water & electricity connections.
Then there is the increase in monthly salaries for the MLAs from Rs. 20,000/- to Rs. 22,000/- and a further jack-pot for the personal assistants of MLAs from Rs. 8000/- to Rs.16,000/- pm. The Santa Claus is becoming taller and the bag of goodies getting fatter. It is generally known that not more than Rs. 3000/- were being paid to the assistants by the MLAs out of the Rs. 8000/-. Now they get to pocket another clean 8000, besides the haftas from government contractors etc.
As if that was not enough, the MLAs have been demanding Rs. 1 crore a piece per year as discretionary corpus fund for the development of their respective constituencies, which in other words means funds to pay the salaries and perks of their goons and chamchas, with our enterprising MLA from Aldona in the forefront pushing the motion. It is understandable. The GCA coffers are empty from paying the exorbitant fees of the lawyers who are employed to keep himself and his gang out of the prison bars. Besides, there was the heavy investment in the last assembly election. Naturally, being out of the ministerial chair , the scope for returns on investments is bad. It is a wonder to see how blind, brazen and shameless a person can get, to be asking for tax-payer’s money, directly from the government treasury for supposed development of the constituency. A corpus fund of Rs. 1 crore is a dream for the MLAs, given the type of MLAs and the type of political parties t hey are attached to. It is just as well that Manohar Parrikar has fallen shy of being the Big Santa for once.
And talking about Goa Cricket Association (GCA):
It is no wonder that Dayanand Narvekar has remained in the GCA as its president after all the dirt he has shoveled on this august sports institution. Any self respecting person would have resigned from day one. And it is no wonder that Pankaj Joshi gets the notices for the managing committee meetings too late for him to attend. Narvekar does not want Pankaj Joshi to attend the meetings because he wants him out of his hair. He has employed the same tactics in getting rid of all the member clubs, which refused to toe his line , by first drawing lots for them to play the mandatory games at odd places at very short notices, viz. the Pirazona sports club (Moira) to play at Chinchinim or as remote place as Canacona. etc., a tactical plan. Then, penalizing the clubs by issuing show cause notices as to why their memberships should not be terminated. And even if the replies were justified, the decision was against the clubs and they went out of his hair. There are no decent people in the GCA because it is meant for the chamchas of the present president. Pankaj Joshi should have known this better.
The Territorial Army proposal:
Has caused consternation and fear in every government department. Looks like the BJP will have to work ten times harder at public relations to convince the army of below 40 civil servants if it wants them to vote for it. And I, for one, salute the BJP for taking such a step. Or is it a VEILED THREAT indeed? Anything can be expected of the BJP to improve its dwindling fortunes. And, as I have said earlier, one needs to create a problem and then go about solving it. This could be one such brainwave where the supplication of the army of civil servants is assured. All it has to do is to keep the threat dangling over its head. Also, the BJP must be getting tired of giving government jobs to every BJP supporter. It could be an unnerving situation, specially with petrol pumps gone, the blue eyed boy Pramod Mahajan deflated and made to shallow his own spit in the Shivani Batnagar murder case, and its NAZI General of Gujarat, Narendra Modi making a cardinal mistake by getting in the Christian hair of the CEC. With this Territorial Army threat hanging, the BJP will have steered away the new army of government job seekers as well as hold the serving one at ransom for the fear of 5 years of sheer KALAPANI in the Territorial Army uniform. I might have been right when I had said that the ‘Hawk’ has two brains in one devilish skull.