Analysis

Kejriwal’s 16 questions to Modi plus more

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Ahmedabad: The following are the 16 questions Aam Admi Party head Arvind Kejriwal posed to BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in a hand-written memorandum he read out to the media on 7 March in Ahmedabad:

(1) Should you become the PM, will you raise price of the KG Basin gas, already doubled by the UPA Government to USD 8 per unit, to USD 16 per unit?
 
(2) Why is Gujarat buying solar power at the price of Rs 13 per unit although Madhya Pradesh and Karnatka are buying the same at the rate of Rs 7.50 and Rs 5, respectively?
 
(3) On what basis do you claim agriculture growth at 11% while your own government’s statistics say that production has declined at minus 1.18% annually and revenue declined from Rs 27,815 crore in 2006-07 to Rs 25,908 crore in 2012-13?
 
(4) Would you hand over all industries to a few big houses as two-thirds of SMEs have closed down in the last 10 years, particularly in Mehsana district (Modi’s home district) where 140 units out of 187 vanished?
 
(5) How can you claim to have eradicated corruption as it has infested all levels and departments? Up to Rs 10 lakh are demanded for appointment of a ‘talati’ (revenue official)?
 
(6) Why have you inducted in your ministry people like Babu Bokhiria, convicted for three years in a mining case, and Purshottam Solanki, accused in a Rs 450-crore fishing scandal?
 
(7) Why have you virtually surrendered natural resources of Gujarat to a minister who is son-in-law of the Ambani family, with whom you are said to be close?
 
(8) How can you claim to have solved unemployment problem when 13 lakh people in Gujarat applied for 1,500 posts of ‘talatis’ recently?
 
(9) Is not your government exploiting young graduates by paying them only Rs 5,300 per month for five years on contract basis?
 
(10) The state of government schools can be gauged from the fact that only three teachers teach 600 students at some places. What is your comment?
 
(11) Medical and health services in Gujarat are in a shambles and in grip of corruption?
 
(12) At least 800 farmers have committed suicide in Gujarat in recent years as the government has stopped subsidies and is not paying support prices. What is your reaction?
 
(13) Four lakh farmers are waiting for years to get electricity connection. How can you claim 24x7 electricity availability? Farmers have not been paid adequately for acquisition of their land for industry while the Ambanis and Adanis have got it for just one rupee per square meter. Some farmers have not been paid any compensation at all.
 
(14) Despite raising the Sardar Sarovar dam’s height in 2005, the Kutch people have not been provided water but industries have been. Why? Also Saurashtra & North Gujarat (face the same proble).
 
(15) Despite assuring Punjab that the Sikh farmers of Kutch will not be deprived of land allotted to them, the Gujarat Government has not withdrawn court cases against them. Why? and
 
(16) How many aircraft and helicopters do you have? And who owns these? How much do you pay or someone else pays? Why don’t you make public these air expenses?

Ravinder Singh (Progressindia008@ yahoo.com) added the following questions:

(17)  How is it possible, as reported by CAG, RIL is drilling in ONGC exploration block and RIL Production Control Platform & Pipes are located but there is practically no production in 15 years despite promises of World Record discoveries?
 
(18) What was the technical justification of Solar Farms and Canal-Top Solar power projects? Purchasing power at Rs.15 per unit when Rooftop Solar power is to cost Rs.5 per unit and no grid connectivity is required? One MW of Solar Rooftop cost around Rs.10 crore in 2012 and produced 50 MU in its lifetime or 5 crore units costing Rs.2 per unit, even cheaper earlier when a dollar cost Rs.45 or say Rs.1.50 per unit when consumers themselves fund the panels and do not have to pay bills. Solar Power companies are paid Rs.15 and delivered cost is Rs.20 or more and consumers are to pay Rs.100 crores per MW. Already 950 MW capacity is installed and more units are coming up which is an over Rs.100,000 crore scam.
 
(19)  Sardar Sarovar Project is ultra mega corruption: (a) Narmada Canal has 40,000 cusecs of water but (b) capacity required as per Narmada Tribunal is 10,000 cusecs, even less as just 7,000 cusecs was required after diversion of three maf for piped water supply, (c) As given in CAG report, Narmada Canal system is substandard and leaky and (d) Saurastra, Kutch and North Gujarat get little or no water.
 
(20)  50 percent children in Gujarat are malnourished.
 
(21) Slum-dwellers in Ahmadabad are denied electric connection - three lakh domestic connections are refused.  
 
(22) Corporate Gujarat revenue exceeded Rs.1,000,000 crores but 6.25 crore Gujaratis have no equity in these companies and no share in natural resources.
 
(23)  All farmers in Gujarat are required to get drip irrigation even for low value field crops.  

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 March 2014 on page no. 11

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