I appeal to the DoPT and the PMO through this FB post to advise the SSC to issue a corrigendum amending the date... fb.me/1L9W1VEG0
Two things are clear from SSC's CHSL Paper I result. 1. SSC will not allow candidates appearing for any Paper more than once. I had decided in 2012 that the lesser of the marks will be taken into account. That is a much better option than spending time and effort in establishing which is the later privation. 2. The descriptive paper included by me in CHSL Exam to check frauds is there to stay. But, in a regime where online examination is contemplated at even first stage at huge expenditure, descriptive paper has no place. In any case, the bilingual descriptive paper will confer additional advantage to candidates from Hindi speaking States and other language States will be the losers in all SSC Examinations henceforth. Trilingual Question Papers proposed by me for all SSC Examinations in 2012- lying unattended to in DoPT and probably forgotten by SSC itself, is the solution.
It is reliably learnt that the reexamination of Tier I of CGLE 2013 may be held on 13th July 2014 in the other... fb.me/1kv2aRrVG
I earned a merit scholarship from Class VI onwards on the basis of a special examination. I was paid Rs 4 per month and though education was free I had to pay a monthly fee of Rs 2.75 out of the scholarship. The catch was that for the entire year scholarship would be paid after the academic year ended though fee was to be paid every month. On many occasions I could not pay the fee in time and was not allowed to sit in the classroom. I used to stand outside the classroom and listen to the teachers. A few teachers would take pity on me and allow me to sit, but outside the classroom. This continued for three years. The scholarship and the fee doubled in Class IX. I was asked to give my willingness for renewal of the scholarship. I did not want to face the humiliation of standing outside the classroom in rain and sun any longer. Without even consulting my father, I declined the offer of enhanced scholarship. There is a price to be paid for being meritorious in our country!
Demonetization of Rs 1000 and Rs 500 notes has expectedly caught the imagination and attention of the entire nation. For me it is a genuine attempt to avoid relplication of the notes within and outside the country. It augurs well for the internal security of the country and it's monetary sovereignty. Demonetization and switching over to a new system are painful processes and take long time to implement and practice. After the initial happiness of the common man who equated demonetization with attempt to eliminate corruption and weed out black money, the common citizen has started feeling the pinch when access to notes of lower denominations such as Rs 100, 50, 10 etc, which were already in short supply, is limited and the low limits of Rs 4000 each for exchange of old notes have started affecting him. Let us make no bones about it- the debit card and credit card transactions are yet not familiar to 99% of the population. The universal banking process initiated by the Modi Government two years ago is yet to take firm roots ba cause of the bank officials and failure to deliver real and tangible benefits to the new account holders belonging to BPL families. They may have debit cards but not yet willing to use them. The plastic money culture will take decades to take firm roots in India. Many people may consider the present move as an indirect attempt by the government to substitute paper money with plastic cards. The presumption could be that it is easy to trace, collect and collate plastic card usage. The present move may cause heart burn among the poor for whom Rs 500 notes meant easy storage and disposal. After all what can be bought with Rs 100 nowadays? Will this move eliminate or at least curb corruption? In my view it is not so. They will only require large suit cases! No one stores money in hard currency for prolonged periods. It is ill-gotten money kept in cash till investment opportunities come up transiently, which the holders may attempt disposal through various legitimate and illegitimate means. Will it curb black money generation? Political corruption and Real Estate transactions are the major sources of black money. Political corruption and how the black money generated by them ends up in legitimate investments off shore and in the country is beyond the comprehension of the common man. Demonetization is not going to impact on political corruption. There was a talk by the Government of banning Participatory notes a few years ago. I do not know what happened to that proposal. Ill-gotten money is invested in- 1. Assets abroad through different means. 2. Benami properties within the country. 3. Kept in cash till investment. It is the third category which may be impacted by the present demonetization. Again, the impact on politicians due to it will be minimal because of the committed nemerous cadres they have at their disposal for changing the notes, may be on payment of a little commission. Our monetary system has to be understood to comprehend my lack of faith in the present move to unearth black money and control corruption. Only a minuscule per cent of the nation's assets is in the form of currency notes. Again, only a small per cent of the currency notes replaces will be actual unaccounted money. Therefore, the impact will be not very significant. Illegal stashing of money abroad and real estate transactions which have only a 50 to )75% of consideration in white money should be the targets if the Government wants to curb black money. The attempts of the Central Govt to unearth off shore black money have only been partially successful. The second will require coopers ration from the States for whom Registration Department is a major Money spinner for the Exchequer and also the corrupt politicians. Do recall what I said right at the beginning- the present move augurs well for the internal security of the country and maintaining its monetary sovereignty and needs to be welcomed on these accounts alone. Ny small little move in curbing black money needs appreciation and support. I only hope that the Government and banks will ensure that the transition is smooth and with as little impact on the poor as possible. The detractors of the ModiGovernment may say that it is a political stunt as according to them nothing much has been achieved in the last 30 months- this Government has completed half it's tenure- and that it is a desperate stunt. But, my perception is that patriots will welcome this move for its significant though limited utility. PS: I hardly hold cash of over Rs 30000 at any point time and most of my transactions are through cheques, electronic transfer and credit card.