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Ajay Maken responds to Narendra Modi's 10 point agenda in his blog
Ex minister of Housing and Poverty Alleviation and Congress Party's media cell head Ajay Maken took to blogging today to respond to newly appointed Prime Miniter Narendra Modi's 10 point agenda set for the next 100 days. Maken took a point wise approach in dissecting the BJP leader's agenda and published it on his blog. Read to know what Ajay Maken said about Narendra Modi's 10 point agenda.
While Ajay Maken did not exercise any restraint in attacking the BJP Government’s 10 point agenda and rubbished most of the points set by Narendra Modi as an agenda for the coming 100 days.


On the first two points where the Modi Govt. talked about ‘building confidence in bureaucracy’ and welcomed ‘innovative ideas’, Ajay Maken attacked the Prime Minister by saying the following:


• The best safeguard to provide confidence in bureaucracy is safeguard of tenure and financial independence. These 2 important initiatives of the 6th, 7th Pay Commission and providing fixity of tenure of tenure were taken by the UPA Government, much before any other government.
• Be it standing for the Durga Shakti Nagpal when the Congress President and the Congress Party both strongly objected to her removal.
• Moreover what kind of confidence are they talking about? They are re-instating bureaucrats like GL Singhal who are accused in Ishrat Jahan case and snoop-gate.
• There is a very thin line between a confidant bureaucracy and an unresponsive and autocratic bureaucracy sans accountability and control of people. We sincerely hope that the Government is not aiming at creating a Neta-Babu industrialist nexus for exploitation of National resources in the name of “Confident and Independent” bureaucracy.


In the third point where, it has been said that Education, health, water, energy and roads will be priority, he responded saying:


Health, education, water and energy were definite priority areas that achieved unprecedented success from a much expanded budget under the UPA than that of NDA. Set the foundation of an educated India by bringing about the RTI, setting up of 27 number of central universities, 8 new IITs and 07 new IIMs, similarly the spending in the health sector in 2002-07 (X Five Year Plan) was 60,000 crores which increased to 300018 crores in 2012-17 (XII Five Year Plan). Spending in the education sector in 2002-07 (X Five Year Plan) was 43825 crores which increased to 453728 crores in 2012-17 (XII Five Year Plan) under UPA. While we successfully ruled out the National Rural Health Mission and made India Polio Free, and set up of 06 number of AIIMS across the country. We had promised for the National urban Health Mission in the last budget and we hope that the government will take it further. We also hope that the government works towards Right to Health and Medical Treatment.
 
In the fourth point, where Modi has talked about transparency in governance and pramotion of tendering and E-auction, he said,


In this regard, now that the BJP is in power, it will do well to start by getting the anti-corruption legislations specially the Public Procurement Bill passed in the Parliament and implement the Whistle Blower Act in letter and spirit. Contrary to the dismal record that we have in Gujarat with regards to the RTI Act the government will do well to make this agenda a reality rather than just a grand standing.
We also expect the govt to do away with the land policy that was being followed in Gujarat wherein thousands of acres were given to big corporates at throw away prices.
 
In the agenda where inter-ministerial issues and inter-ministerial co-ordinationn has been discussed he said,


There are already institutions like Cabinet Secretariat where Secretary/Addl Secretary level officers, in-charge coordination amongst various ministries/departments in addition to joint secretary level officers looking after various ministries are placed in the PMO to lookafter coordination matters.  Moreover, the provisions like Group of Ministers, Committee of secretaries and the Civil Services Boards can more amply facilitate inter- ministerial coordination, if required.  However, any new provision aiming at better coordination is always welcome provided it does not amount to merely adding another layer of bureaucracy and creation of posts for accommodating loyal bureaucrats and technocrats.
 
About the point on people oriented system he responded saying,


What does a people oriented machine means?  Isnt it the entire system provided by the constitution ‘people centric’.  Be it the Parliament, the Council of Ministers, the Judiciary – all are constitutionally supposed to be people centric. As mentioned earlier, we strongly feel that barring a few points the entire supposed ten point agenda is nothing but jugglery and playing with words.  We wonder again as to where is the much hyped promise of bringing down inflation safety of women, restoring rupee to level 40 vis a vis the dollar.
 
 On Modi's agenda of managing the economy better, Maken had written,


Such generalized statements hardly qualify as ‘specific agendas’ we wonder why are not they specifically commenting or basing their agenda on bringing down inflation, controlling fuel prices, restoring the value of rupee 40/per dollar.  As realization dawn up them, while converting political rhetoric into real deliverables! It would have been better if the Government could quantify employment generation as an agenda.
 
On Modi's agenda of bringing Infrastructural and Investment reforms, Maken wrote,


We during the last 10years in terms of core infrastructure, created about 19,500 kms of National Highways, 5 major airports, up-gradation and building of 37 non metro airports, building metro rail in many new cities such as Jaipur, Bangalore, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kochi etc, power generation increased from 558300 million units to 607200 million units, Installed nuclear power generation capacity is about 38000 million units.


As far as bringing investment is concerned, we wonder how this govt will generate investor confidence after having such an inconsistent approach on FDI in something as basic and primary as the retail sector.
Again we would say that rather than coming up with a general statement like ‘infrastructural and investment reforms’ the govt will do well to come out with specific deliverables and achievable in terms of different aspects of infrastructural developments.


On Narendra Modi's idea of implementation of policies in a time-bound manner and his agenda to bring stability and sustainability, Maken wrote,


As far as implementation of policies is concerned-if taken for granted and given thing like this needs to be an agenda item for any government which surely indicates lack of confidence by the government in its implementing machinery. How can any government which is bound to implement its basic mandate and function tom-tom the same as its agenda item.
As far as stability and sustainability in govt policies are concerned, we only hope that the govt does not turn out to be the ‘rollback regime’ that was during 1999 and 2004 Yashwant Sinha. The best way forward as far as stability is concerned will be continuity.


While many of Maken's point may seem valid and raises scope of debate but the huge social media bashing the post received within few minutes of its publishing proves that the anti-Congress sentiments are still strong across India. It may be recalled that only a few days ago the Congress Party have been routed from the country and been voted out in majority parts of the country.

Twitteratis attack on Maken following his post proves that the countrymen are still hopping for a 'acche din' from the newly elected BJP Government. Few of the tweets are as below


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