Friday, July 6, 2012

Poverty-wallas, toilet-wallas to LPG cylinder-wallas

Prof Bibek Debory writes quite interestingly on LPGGasnomics in India:

"But not long ago, every time we ran out of a cylinder, there would be a problem. We were told there was a norm of no refills for 21 days, which works out to something like 17 cylinders a year.

I understand this quantitative cap no longer exists. However, it is some kind of norm to indicate how many subsidised cylinders you should be entitled to every year, and there is also a proposal floating around that each household should get no more than five subsidised cylinders a year.

If you now milk data on that portal, there should be a tear in every eye. In the year ended May 31, 2012, these are the kinds of numbers we have: Naveen Jindal (369), Hamid Ansari (171), Preneet Kaur (161), Vijay Bahuguna (83), Rajnath Singh (80), M S Gill (79), Maneka Gandhi (63), Suresh Kalmadi (63), Mulayam Singh Yadav (58), Ram Vilas Paswan (49), Sharad Yadav (49), Ashok Gehlot (45), Lalu Prasad Yadav (43), A Raja (47), Sharad Pawar (31) and Jaipal Reddy (26).

You can mess around with the portal for other nuggets. Why did A Raja need LPG cylinders if he was in jail? Is the late Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar dead or alive? How come he still receives 48 cylinders? Isn't there a norm that there can be only one connection per household?
How did Salman Khurshid get two connections and consume 62 cylinders? Isn't there a norm that the same individual cannot get two connections under two names? How did Mayawati get two connections and consume 91 cylinders? Naveen Jindal at the head of the league is symptomatic."

More you can track your own house and your enemies house how many cylinder they get in a year from the website

After committing significant reporting error on Indian economist Montek, the Tehelka apologises now!! What is the use?

"An earlier version of this story stated, incorrectly, that Pavan Ahluwalia worked for Price Waterhouse Coopers, in London, and that he was appointed by them to work on a project to privatize the Delhi Jal Board. Mr. Ahluwalia has never worked for Price Waterhouse or lived in London. He worked as a consultant to the Government of Delhi on a project to undertake institutional reform of the Delhi Jal Board, and was not involved in any discussions or decisions to related to its proposed privatization. The story also quoted Arvind Kejriwal as saying that the Delhi Jal Board project was initiated by the Department of Economic Affairs, when Mr. Montek Ahluwalia was Secretary (Economic Affairs). Online records of the correspondence between the World Bank, the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD), and the DEA, however, show that Mr. Ahluwalia was not involved in initiating this project, which was put forward by the Chief Secretary of the GNCTD The DEA was simply playing its nodal role, as the agency responsible for forwarding state requests for World Bank assistance, and this involvement was at the level of Additional Secretary V Govindrajan.

Tehelka regrets these errors, which have unfortunately been carried in the print edition. We apologise to Mr. Ahluwalia for the inconvenience this has caused. The error will be corrected in the next print edition as well.

No comments:

Post a Comment