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Re: Prof. Rao's draft flyer




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Thanks to Mr. Yazad Jal for reading my draft of the flyer. One rule in
the preparation of a flyer is that it should be brief. A 500-word flyer
cannot do justice to indicate those government should throw open for
privatization. I therefore drop from my draft the following sentence.

"The major role of the government is to monitor the activities of the
private sector and prevent any untoward thing happening."

The problem posed by Mr. Yazad Jal is so important that I suggest that
he prepare a separate draft flyer.

I give below the revised draft of the flyer with some minor
modifications for further discussion and approval.

Jagadiswara Rao

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WHO BENEFITS FROM INDIA'S GOVERNANCE TODAY?

Our first elected representatives, who made several sacrifices during
freedom struggle, were new to corruption. In the name of socialism, the
government nationalized most of the economic activities and imposed
several controls and restrictions. In the name of keeping secrets from
the enemy, government maintained confidentiality of its functioning. The

common man consented to these policies with the hope that everybody
would have education and government employment. With too much power with

the government, most people could not get any of their works done
without bribing the politicians and the public officials. Many former
princes, landlords, and businessmen entered politics and practiced
corruption in a big way by joining hands with like-minded public
officials and bureaucrats.

With the creation of more than necessary jobs and lack of
accountability, inefficiency crept into every government department. The

employees unions became so powerful that employees could neglect work
and still get several benefits such as periodic revision of pay scales,
time-bound promotions, retirement benefits, leniency towards those who
indulge in corruption, and employment to employees' offspring. In course

of time, the employees' unions dictated whatever they wanted from
government by paralyzing public life through strikes. Staff salaries
took away more than 90 percent of the government's income, while
disaster-relief works took away the balance amount. The government had
to find work for government departments engaged in developmental works
by getting large-scale international assistance, leading ultimately to
bankruptcy.

For all these years, the common man believed that nationalization is for

his good and privatization for the good of rich people. The truth is
that only a small percentage of people who run the government and others

who get their works done through bribery alone are the beneficiaries of
the present system of governance.  The government failed to provide
employment for most of the educated youth and at the same time closed
all avenues for self-employment. It is time people realize that
privatization means freedom to work and that is how most of them can get

work.

While most of the jobless suffer silently, there are others who found it

convenient to indulge in antisocial and illegal activities such as
dacoity, naxalism, promotion of terrorism and destruction of public
property, smuggling of goods, and secessionist activities.  The present
approach of the government to tackle this problem through force is
futile. The only way to bring them back into the national stream is to
give them the freedom to take up any economic activity of legal nature
such as production and marketing of goods and services without any
control. Such liberalization would not only create additional
employment, but also makes the government employees to work more
efficiently to face the competition from the private sector. Both the
elected representatives and employees however do not want this to
happen, as they do not want their inefficiency exposed and importance
lost.

IT IS THE DUTY OF EVERY ONE OF US INTERESTED IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF INDIA

TO STRIVE FOR BRINGING THESE CHANGES IMMEDIATELY.





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