Setback For RBI, Govt
DEPUTY Governor of the Reserve Bank of India Viral Acharya has resigned from his post, six months before the scheduled end of his term. In December last year RBI governor Urjit Patel had resigned nearly nine months before the end of his term over differences with the government. Interestingly, both the highly qualified economists were handpicked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, just like the current RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das, who holds master’s degree in history. Das had served in various positions for the Centre and the Tamil Nadu government. He knows how to please politicians like Modi. Experts like Patel and Acharya can’t be yes-men, and their resignations have indicated that those in power are more concerned about winning elections than fixing the economy and ailing banks.
BIDYUT KUMAR CHATTERJEE, FARIDABAD
Lobo Pins His Hopes On Waste
CALANGUTE MLA Michael Lobo has stressed upon the need of a garbage department in the state to tackle the waste menace. He has also expressed his wish to be the first garbage minister. Collection of garbage and its proper disposal is the prime function of the municipal and panchayat body. However, given the gargantuan problem of waste disposal that the state is facing it seems that having a separate garbage department would be a step in the right direction. It is pertinent to note that the government at the Centre has acknowledged the problem of availability of water in several states and formed the jal shakti ministry. Likewise a garbage department in the state appears to be the need of the hour. The minister could coordinate with the various civic bodies and panchayats and look into the problems faced by them in collection, segregation and disposal of the waste scientifically. The recent fire at the Sonsoddo waste dump has brought to the fore the problem of garbage disposal in the state.
ADELMO FERNANDES, VASCO
No Detention Of Weak Students
IN a major relief to weak students of Class IX and Class XI, the Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Education announced a kind of ‘no detention’ policy, which will come into force from the next academic year. The measure will allow the students, who fail in one, two or even in all subjects in these classes, to be admitted to Class X and Class XII, and to answer the supplementary exams till they clear the backlog of the failed subjects. Earlier, only those who had failed in one or two subjects were permitted to answer these exams. In addition to this, the failed students can also appear for the respective board exams, the results of which will be withheld till the backlog of the failed subjects is cleared. A better option would be is to do away with the exams in Class IX and Class XI, and promote all students, if the objective is not to detain any students, as is done today up to Class VIII. The question of making students clear their backlog later will therefore not arise.
A F NAZARETH, ALTO PORVORIM
Governorships For BJP Veterans
The NDA government has firmly ensconced itself towards efficient functioning for a second term. Experts, and commoners alike, are sure to have a field day over the weeks on the appointment of new Governors in nearly nine states. The incumbent Governors are retiring over the next three months in these states. West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Nagaland are the eight states among these. Andhra Pradesh and Telangana may have separate Governors. Most of the retiring Governors have crossed, or in the proximity of, 70 years. The age factor apparently does not apply for the Governors. The gubernatorial posts are generally considered laidback and perfect for retired politicians, bureaucrats, and academicians. The Governors spring into action only in cases of constitutional crisis – but even in such circumstances the voices of their political masters seem to gain an upper hand over the inner conscience of those occupying the Governor’s seat. History is replete with examples of several Governors toeing the line of their masters who sent them to Raj Bhavan to occupy the post for five good years and beyond. Many Governors’ terms are extended much to the comfort and convenience of the occupants of the Governor’s seat. Governor of a state is one position which has no bearing on the day-to-day life of the common man. Citizens are disinterested about knowing who will grace the gubernatorial position. All Governors who will demit the office are NDA appointees. So, couple of them may be retained despite their ripe old age. Ram Naik (Uttar Pradesh), Kalyan Singh (Rajasthan) and O P Kohli (Gujarat) – all BJP and RSS heavyweights – may stay put in Raj Bhavan despite crossing the age of 80. But the biggest interest lies in who will be some new Governors because the names of politicians who were heavyweights just the other day is being freely floated.
GANAPATHI BHAT, AKOLA