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CA Dr Sunil Gupta
Heading towards the wrong path- The UP Government 19 June, 2014
Newspapers flooded with cases of rapes, murders, burglaries, and power cuts don’t seem to be capable enough to wake up the state government of U.P. While everyone was expecting an exhaustive changeover in the manner of administration, the Samajwadi Party is heading yet again to an altogether different route.
With the elevated graph of crime, the only measure taken by the UP Government led by Akhilesh Yadav is the move of bureaucrats, which alone can hardly serve any purpose. The topmost leader, Mulayam Singh Yadav holds extensive know-how of administrating a state, yet he seems to misjudge, or rather overlook the real concerns in view of being in the power.

The gathering of the cabinet ministers headed by Mr. Mulayam Singh was looked upon as a dialogue that would concentrate on reviving the law and order of the state; however the only subject matter was the poor performance of the Samajwadi Party in the general elections, along with the upcoming sub-elections in distinct constituencies.

No way, the ministers or the first line of leaders of the party were concerned about the consistent failure of the government with respect to ensuring secured and prosperous state of affairs. It appears as if the state government has disremembered the basic necessities and is concentrating only at the continuance of power.

I would restrict to the key events that have recently added to the disgrace of the state of U.P. On the 13th of June, a boy slaughtered a teenage girl in Moradabad, four men were arrested for raping a girl in Hapur, two cousin sisters were tried to be abducted in Shahjahanpur which resulted in severe disorder in the district, policemen were beaten inside the police station in Itawa, and SP workers charged with unlawful mining attacked policemen in Lucknow. Yet another incidence occurred in Varanasi wherein an auto driver raped a girl along with other men. The list is countless; however rarely is paid heed to by the government.

On the 16th of June, two policemen were shot dead by criminals in Ferozabad, which reveals the incompetence of the U.P. government even in ensuring wellbeing of the law-protectors. And, the government is now concentrating on the all new aspect of welcoming investments in the state so as to uplift the revenues.

Trying to replicate the Gujarat model, the U.P. government has overlooked the fact that pre-requisites to investments are the stringent law and order position, generation and distribution of power, easy clearances, and security for entrepreneurs as well as the workforce. The CM has almost failed in every domain in the past 27 months.

What really is the underlying factor that is limiting the governance? Vital to note, out of 1560 police stations in the state, 800 are being headed by Yadavs. The humiliation of the law and recurring instances of illicit use of power is a common scenario in the state. It is known to all that the SP has made every attempt to lure a particular community and religion.

Though headed by the CM, the extensive decentralization of power in the hands of the family members and other dominant leaders is the root cause of such a decline. It is evident that sooner than later the U.P. government will have to reorganize and revive the way of governance.

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About The Author
A Chartered Accountant by profession and Director on the board of Punjab National Bank (PNB), General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC) and Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (REC). Dr. Sunil Gupta is working flawlessly for the economic and social prosperity of India. His Linkedin and twitter handles are @cadrsunilgupta. Facebook page is CADrSunil.
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