Smart City Program, A Smart Initiative. Part2

Is Smart City Program, a Smart Initiative? – Part 2 In the given backdrop (Refer Part 1) of abysmal condition of our cities and their governance, Government of India (GOI) envisaged the Smart City Program (SCP) and launched it in 2015. It focuses on both planning and execution in a time bound manner to take the cities under the program to a new level of development. The program covers all States and UTs to select one hundred cities which prepared their own proposals at city level with involvement of private…

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My Two Ideas

Its election results time and some congratulations are due. I wish to congratulate the BJP and its karyakartas along with the chief architects Mr. Narendrabhai Modi and Mr. Amitbhai shah on their splendid victories across some very important states. I wish they carry out their agenda of development in these states as well. The purpose of this write up is to share a couple of ideas- 1. An idea to widen the existing “LPG Subsidy give-up “scheme. 2. An idea to produce electricity on a large scale. Let me explain:…

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Smart City Program, a Smart Initiative. Part1

Modi Government, as per its election promise, launched Smart City Program in June 2015. By now, sixty cities have been selected after a rigorous competitive process of two regular rounds and one Fast Track round under the program. Still, people question the seriousness of the government on building 100 Smart Cities. It is important that this ambitious initiative is understood in the background of India’s urban development scenario. Background Indian cities did not get due attention of our governments until they could not be ignored anymore. Just look at what…

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Modi Schemes That Changed Lives -1

Since independence, many governments have come and gone. All governments without exception promised redemption of the poor. But on the ground not much has changed for the poor because plethora of schemes launched in the name of poor never reached them adequately. Lack of awareness, presence of middlemen, corruption- any one of these can be blamed for the failures of the government. Schemes were announced, given a little push and forgotten all about it, because government and bureaucracy didn’t care enough. The 2014 Lok Sabha elections changed that. On 9th…

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Acche Din for Heart Patients

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a class of disease that involve the heart or blood vessels. It is called as heart disease. It is estimated that 90% of CVD is preventable. Though CVD are the leading cause of death globally but timely treatment improves outcomes. Actually CVD have now become the leading cause of mortality in India. A quarter of all mortality in India is pertaining to CVD. The mortality rate due to CVD is 32.8% in urban India and 22.9% in rural India. There are many reasons for this like…

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Demonetisation: A Bankers Perspective

If you have ever been to Cash counter in a bank (unless you have been living under a rock), you must have seen that person sitting behind that wall of glass, counting cash, wishing it was all theirs. Well, that person is me. I am a banker and Demonetisation is what I want to speak about. On 8th November I heard my mom call out, “BETA DEKH MODIJI KYA KEH RAHE HAIIIINNNNN..!!” (Yes, my mom can CAPS LOCK her voice with ease).I came down, saw PM on the TV, heard what…

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How Varanasi changed after Modi’s victory

Varanasi is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together. — Mark Twain Varanasi is more than 3000 years old and is the oldest city of the world. Varanasi, the holy city of India is also recognised as the spiritual capital of India. Varanasi is also known by the names of Kashi and Benaras. Kashi, the city of Moksha for Hindus since centuries, is known for its fine-quality silks, ‘paan’ and Benares Hindu University. In Hinduism it…

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