Friday, 30 September 2011

You shall bell the CAT


"The fear of God is gone, and so is the fear of law. Few are caught and fewer convicted-of every 100 corruption related crimes. All this has made corruption a 'high-profit low-risk business'".
D.R. Karthikeyan, Former director of the CBI and DG, National Human Rights Commission.

If you are following any news paper/channel now-a-days, you know how efficiently the existing prevention of corruption mechanisms of our country works. Thus every good citizen has to do some extra effort to make India Against Corruption mission successful. After all it is our country, our neighborhood, our organization is suffering from a disease and we should be concerned about it.
Here are the few simple steps.

DEMAND TRANSPARENCY: Access to official information through RTI is legal. Get information for R&D projects, infrastructure projects of your organization and inform the people there. Officials may be asked to explain why the money has not gone where it should have, and can be shamed into changing their behavior in future.

DISSEMINATE INFORMATION: Initiate discussion, within your own organization and with your friends about how existing complaint mechanisms are working (or not), and see whether there is room for any of you to take an initiative to improve them.

FORM AN 'INTEGRITY CIRCLE: If you are working in an organization with a reputation for corruption, form an 'integrity circle' with like-minded colleagues. Each member makes a pact with all the others that he/she will not be involved in corrupt activities and will support each other if anyone has any problems over this refusal.

BE A WHISTLEBLOWER: The most effective thing that individuals can do is to complain when they see corrupt acts occurring. This can be difficult when your superiors are the ones who are misbehaving! But not impossible

DE-WEED THE SYSTEM: When you see opportunities to remove unnecessary blockages in systems that serve no useful purpose but which create opportunities for corruption, write to ministers, MPs, MLAs, newspapers, media drawing attention to the reforms needed.

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Anna Hazare Says | Join this fight for New Vibrant India…….. Jai Hind !!

Anna Hazare Says | Join this fight for New Vibrant India…….. Jai Hind !!:

'via Blog this'

Now One can Join "the non-violent revolutionary fight for the second Independence for young & vibrant India !".

Problem of Governance @NIPER

Problem of governance of NIPER (administrative as well as financial) is well documented and also caused agony of intellectual elites of this country.

Dr. Raghunath Anant Mashelkar, ex-DG CSIR resigned from Chairmanship of Board of Governor (BOG)  before his term expired.  Dr. T. Ramasami, Secretary Govt. of India, Ministry of science and Technology became Chairman BOG, NIPER

Response to an RTI revealed that  Dr. T. Ramasami, Secretary Govt. of India, Ministry of science and Technology in his letter D.O. No. DST/Secy/192/2009 dated April 06, 2009 wrote,

“I have experienced that BoG of NIPER is mostly dealing with governance issues. While the issues raised are important, in my view it will be better if BoG is Chaired by someone else with greater experience in governance issues within the administrative framework of the department of Pharmaceuticals. My personal background being academic, it seems to suit our autonomous institutions within the Ministry of science and technology better then it dose in the case of NIPER Mohali.
I have requested officially the Department of Pharmaceuticals to relieve me from the Chairmanship of BoG of NIPER. It is only fair, therefore, that the next BoG is convened after the appointment of new Chairman. I hope that you will appreciate my position in the matter.
Best wishes to NIPER and BoG

Kindest regards
Yours sincerely
T. Ramasami 

SOS: Anybody listening? Any good soul out there to with good intention of saving a Institute of National Importance?

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Corruption @NIPER Case Four

Officiating Director, utilizing 11th five year plan money, printed a book from local Printer Azad Publisher for Rs. 5 lacs ( Rs. five lacs) and Price of the book printed is Rs 400 and USD 35. In the acknowledgement it is written The grant for the project (GP294) is received from the nodal ministry of Chemical and Fertilizer Govt. of India, Dept. of Pharmaceuticals. Thus taking Money from two Govt. sources for the same project.
From  a bare perusal of the facts, it is clear that officiating director has gravely misused his official position and his act may bring disrepute to the stature and reputation of NIPER.

1. RTI document obtained from NIPER
2. Pages of the printed book

Important points

1. The statement made in the book is reserved for proprietary items and cannot be stated in government funded project outcome-based document.
2. It has been priced, which clearly indicates that it was initially meant for selling, not permitted for government funded project unless of course, DoP / GOI had authorized it.
3. The proceeds of sale and royalty is pocketed by whom?

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Corruption @NIPER Case Three

Ex-Dean, Indulged in unauthorized Brokerage/ Commission Sale while holding the positions in the year 2009-10. Utilizing 11th five year plan money, he procured chemicals (two impurity standards) from a local manufacturer, M/S Ind Swift Labs, Panchkula for Rs. 7.5 lacs ( Rs. seven lacs fifty thousand) and sold the same to the United States Pharmacopeia for Rs. 20.8 lacs (Rs. twenty lacs eighty thousand), thus carrying a profit of 13.5 lacs on the sale. He has submitted a claim under the disguise of consultancy services of NIPER a share of the profit under advisory as well as research consultancy. From a a bare perusal of the facts, it is clear that Ex-Dean has gravely misused his official position and his act may bring disrepute to the stature and reputation of NIPER.

1. RTI document obtained from NIPER
2. Agenda of consultancy committee

Important points:

1. Act of Ex-Dean in buying chemicals from one source and selling it to another is a clear act of treading.
2. Act of Ex-Dean as a responsible senior officer of the Institute, who is well aware of the rules, and also knowing he has not given any advice or research efforts in this ‘Brokerage/ Commission Sale’
3. More over the by distributing 21.5 lacs the initial investment of the institute 7.5 lacs is also not returned. Which mounts a case on ‘embezzlement of Govt. money’.

Monday, 26 September 2011

Why power leads to moral corruption

People in power should have magnanimous and judicious attitude; one can get plenty of examples of such situation when a person of higher intellect occupies position of power. However there are many instances in Indian scenario, where power of any kind leads to moral and ethical corruption.

One can wonder why is so? Why one has to go down the path of misuse and abuse of power leading to corruption when one can easily glorify himself and presume leadership position.

A person’s use of or more precisely abuse of power usually reveals the limitations of that person. Generally limitations reflect the intellectual and moral boundaries of the person. Narrow and prejudiced boundaries often lead to skewed ability to handle power for the common good.

For the person who has power, when dealing with any sector of society of which he disapproves (for example, class of higher intellectuals with limited or no power), he will abuse power during interaction with these sectors. Authoritarian morality produces abuse in the sectors of society, which are considered to be high in moral or ethical or intellectual ability with less power to simply prove his superiority by any means, often by means of illegality.

Why does this abuse occur?

Abuse occurs because the person’s psychological problems undermine his moral principles and corrupt his exercise of power. Power is neutral but the person is not. So power magnifies his intellectually challenged persona. Many intellectually challenged people are also around and can cause unpleasant relationship. However Unpleasant relationships that are manageable when he has no power become unmanageable when eventually he does have power.

The major psychological problem of man in power is that, he has a weak self-image. So power becomes the means to achieve self-validation. The man in power uses his power to augment his weak self-image. Instead of basing power on proven abilities, the person bases power on his vanity. The possession of power has the effect of magnifying the intensity of his vanity. Thus he cannot use power wisely in situations that he finds unpleasant. Which eventually leads to moral corruption.

Friday, 23 September 2011

What is your son thinking?

I was working at office and my collogue steps in smiling….

What’s so funny?

I just give a piece of advice to my friend.

About what?

His son stole a ball pen from his classmate; He was angry, scolded his son for 10 minutes and gave him moral advice about theft.

So what’s funny? I was getting impatient.

He told his son in future do not do this, "If you need any stationary do not steal, Let me know I will get it for you from office."

So your pilfering from office is ethical? Think what is your son thinking about you?

You did the right thing…

I think I did…….. but I wish I could convey the same to my senior collogues; who took office canteen gas cylinder home or gifted office digital camera to his daughter or using office attendant for washing car.

Who prevented you?

I can not afford to be ethical at the cost of my promotion; you know my daughter will be in higher class next year, petrol price is going up ………….

I started smiling. Vertebrate bipeds became extinct. Though specific census is not done in this regard I am positive it is less then 1400 now. 99% people of the any Indian community are good people but they succumb to 1% criminals because of the invertebrate behaviors acquired over generations of slavery.

"Society does not go down because of the activities of criminals, But because of the in-activities of the good people."

- Swami Vivekananda

Thursday, 22 September 2011

India Against Corruption-Chandigarh Tricity: IAC ChandigarhTeam

India Against Corruption-Chandigarh Tricity: IAC ChandigarhTeam: List is long, so more names will be updated in next few days.....



Starting since Nov 2009 till date ………..Corruption @ NIPER Reported to,

1. Chairman, Board of Governors, NIPER

2. CVO, Department of Pharmaceuticals
3. Central Vigilance commission (CVC)
4. Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)
5. Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG)

6. Secretary, Department of Pharmaceuticals
7. MoS, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers (C&F)
8. Cabinet Minister, C&F
9. Chairman, Parliamentary Standing Committee for C&F
10. Chairman, Parliamentary Committee of Petitions.
11. Visitor of NIPER, The Hon’ble President of India

12. Coordinator New Indigo (A DBT-EU collaborative Research initiative)
13. India against corruption forum

14. Indian Express
15. Times of India

Nothing happened till date............ nobody has time to listen to or initiate any action,

Finally……………………………this blog Sep, 2011

Corruption @NIPER Case Two

Diversion of 11th five-year plan money. Document obtained by RTI provides evidence.

1.    RTI Response from ministry
2.    Agenda Item of finance committee meeting’ held on 25th March, 2011
3.    Inter office note and COMPASS printout 

Important points:

1.    In the financial year 2010-11 Department of Pharmaceutical released Plan money of Five year plan as per NIPER demand.
2.    Officiating director distributed money less then what is released. Actual money released from ministry for planned schemes and actual disbursement has a huge difference and these are as follows, moreover the actual expenditure from compass is not also submitted.

Name of the Scheme

Allocation of money as communicated under RTI query by Ministry for the year  2010-2011
Rs. (Lacs)
Money allocated for the plan work (lakhs) as submitted by Director in the Finance Committee meeting held at NIPER on 25th March, 2011
Rs. (Lacs)
Money Diverted (Siphoned off)

Rs. (Lacs)
Systems Biology
Nano technology and drug Delivery systems
Pharma paracitology /virology
Lead molecule for TB malaria
Pharmaco informatice
CIL Instruments
Pharmacology tox screening

Total Diverted =
Rs.89 lacs

What happened to 89 lakhs?

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Corruption @NIPER Case One

Misappropriation of 11th Five Year Plan money allotted to NIPER, Mohali, pertaining to project on Intellectual Property Rights (Scheme N17), Project Outlay Rs.2.25 crores and project on new specialization in R&D Management (Scheme N14), Project Outlay Rs.1.60 crores.

1. RTI Document obtained From NIPER
2. RTI Document Obtained from Ministry
3. TRI document Obtained From CVC

Important points

1. Ex Director NIPER did not inform incharge of these projects about approval of the project FOR THREE YEARS. Though no funds were released to them nor he submitted any utilization certificate, Rs. 30 lacs Rs. 40 lacs and Rs. 45 lacs (total – Rs.115 lacs) were duly released by Ministry for three consecutive financial years to NIPER (2007-08, 2008-09 2009-10) years.

2. After Directors resignation, officiating Director took charge  in January, 2010. He asked project in-charge to ‘forget the past’ and ‘start afresh with positive outlook’. He assured  full support for the IPR project as approved. However, when the funds came, he again diverted the same for purchase of ‘sci-finder’ software which was neither proposed nor approved under the scheme

3. Recently, we came to know that  bothe Ex Director and Officiating Director  have repeated similar story of diversion and misappropriation of 11th Five Year Plan Money in another project pertaining to “Research and Development Specialization in Management”, proposed by Management Department and duly approved for funding of Rs.160 lacs (New Scheme-N14).

4. Cost of Sci finder paid by NIPER is substantially high ($59,000) compared to what IIt and other institutes of the country paid ($24,000).

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Why CVC failed..... and we need an independent Lokpal

Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) is created to put a end to corrupt babudom; but the way it is structured, it actually enhanced corruption by babus. 

CVC has minimal infrastructure and manpower. To work on corruption CVC designated a Central Vigilance Officer (CVO) in every government department to inquire and take action on corruption complains. When the complain received by CVC, CVC simply forwards the complain to CVO and depends on the moral and ethics of CVO for proper disposing off the complain in a time bound manner. If CVO is corrupt then the complain ends up in cold storage.

I have first hand experience how corruption is inculcated.

I work in a centrally funded institute of National importance named National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) under Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP) within Ministry of Chemical and Fertilizers (C&F).  NIPER runs solely on GOI funding and receives funding from five-year plan of GOI. In 11th five-year plan NIPER received huge sums of money from GOI to create state of the art infrastructure for teaching and research on drug discovery and development. However like any other reputed institutes of the country the money is not put in the use of better good. With a nexus build with finding ministry and Director NIPER money was siphoned off for personal gains. (I will publish a series of blog posts in this regard. )

Regarding siphoned off of 11th five year plan money complain was lodged to CVC, as usual CVC forwarded it to CVO DoP and CVO did nothing. In fact the same CVO was disbursing officer of NIPER Grant.

In response to a RTI quarry CVO replied we have not received any such letter from CVC. When the same RTI send to CVC CVC provided copies of letter and reminder send to CVO of DoP. In another RTI to DoP DoP said report was send to CVC, and three pages of the report was missing from CVC report.
Thus it became a corrupt cycle of babudom.

Now you see why CVC is useless to prevent corruption? They ask the same corrupt guy to inquiry the matter of corruption. What is the answer then................. may be independent Lokpal.  

Monday, 19 September 2011

Biped without vertebra

Bipeds are most advanced biological creatures evolved with brain and neurons for higher level of thinking (some times very low level of thinking are also done by the same organ). The advanced neurological organ is protected in skull and the very important encasing called vertebra, which enables biped to stand erect and face another biped into the eyes and talk.

The origin of truth lies in the eye contact, it is difficult to lie looking at eyes (give it a try ;-))

Most surprisingly the evolution took a reverse direction in Indian subcontinent. It probably happened in last 1000 years or so and can be explained by Lamarckian Use and disuse theory (Individuals lose characteristics they do not require or do not use). Thus over the extended years of practice Indians lost vertebrate characteristics; stand erects, look into the eyes and tell the truth.

The symptoms were first noticed by Swami Vivekananda
"Society does not go down because of the activities of criminals" But because of the in-activities of the good people. - Swami Vivekananda

99% people of the any Indian community are good people but they succumb to 1% criminals because of the invertebrate behaviors acquired over generations of slavery, under various Mogal and British rulers before independence and political hooligans after independence.

In last 50 years we have created successfully various subspecies of pseudo invertebrate, starting with ‘I Agree Sir’ and whole babudom followed. Aam Janta succumbed to all kinds bribery and corruption.

Vertebrate bipeds became extinct though specific census is not done in this regard I personally believe it is less then 1400 now and few of them seen roameing around Ramlila  last month.

Hey Aam Janta Think..............