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Ad hoc work of an Ad hoc Govt

I always find that the roads of Delhi are being dug by one agency or the other. Sometimes, it is the Delhi Jal Board, at some other time, it is the NDPL/BSES and at still another time, it is MTNL or some internet supplying agency. When one agency has done its work, the PWD comes in to prepare the road for the traffic to move on. Similarly, when another agency has done its work, the PWD ...

india Updated: Jan 30, 2006 19:43 IST

I always find that the roads of Delhi are being dug by one agency or the other. Sometimes, it is the Delhi Jal Board, at some other time, it is the NDPL/BSES and at still another time, it is MTNL or some internet supplying agency. When one agency has done its work, the PWD comes in to prepare the road for the traffic to move on. Similarly, when another agency has done its work, the PWD again moves into remake the road for traffic flow and this goes on throughout the year, causing slowing down of the traffic apart from being an accident hazard. This shows that there is no coordination between the various agencies and everything is done on ad hoc basis.

The electric poles on my street or for that matter any street or lane in Delhi have electric and cable wires etc. flowing like a maze from them. Somebody's cable network is not working and he asks the Cable Operator to repair the network. The Cable Operator after some dilly dallying, repairs the cable but in the process dislocates the connection of NDPL or MTNL and then the person whose electric connection or telephone connection is dislocated, call the NDPL or MTNL people and they repair their own system but in the process disturb the internet network and then one has to call the internet supplier. This goes on so frequently and one wonders why a maze of wires is allowed to flow from an electric pole and why Government or the Municipal authorities are not doing something in the matter? The approach is again an ad hoc one.

A new colony is developed but no planning is done to provide space for wide roads, dispensaries, schools, religious places etc. Later on when the colony has developed, the roads are widened, the space meant for parks is allotted for building shopping centres, the space meant for a dispensary is allotted for some other purpose and so it goes on. There is again an ad hoc approach.

Government approves the drafting of a new project. The project is drafted and expenditure on the project is worked out. Then, various meetings take place and the project is redrafted. Then it goes to the Finance who raises various objections and then there are a number of meetings to resolve the issue with Finance. The project then is sent to the Planning Commission who raises a number of objections and again a number of meetings are held to sort out the matter. When the project is finally okayed by the Planning Commission, the expenditure on the project goes up due to cost escalation and the whole exercise is again resorted to. The approach of the Government here also seems to be ad hoc despite there being a Planning Commission.

Promotions are made to the various posts in the Government and transfers are ordered. Somebody goes to the Court and gets stay. The lowest court which is a Tribunal takes two years to give a decision and then some aggrieved party approaches High Court which gives a stay and it takes about three to four years when the High Court comes up with a decision which is again challenged in the Supreme Court and the Apex Court decides after another three to four years that the matter has to be finally decided by the Tribunal in the light of submissions made by the various aggrieved parties.

Meanwhile, ad hoc promotions are made so that the vacancies in the various grades could be filled up. And the various persons in the Government remain appointed on an ad hoc basis. So people like me who retire or are going to retire while having been promoted to a post on ad hoc basis, continue to form the bulk of those who hold posts on promotion in Government Departments. Again the approach of the Government is ad hoc and if we look at the manner in which Government functions and ministers are shuffled and reshuffled, sometimes to drop those Ministers against whom warrants have been issued by a court of law, we would come to the conclusion that the Government itself is an ad hoc Government.

First Published: Jan 30, 2006 19:43 IST