Source: The Hitavada      Date: 14 Oct 2017 11:44:27

THE proposal to send three lakh youths to Japan to get on-job training under the skill development programme is a novel idea. The work culture in Japan is among the best in the world. The tiny island nation has emerged as a major economic power and captured the world market on the basis of sheer hard work by its workers and quality products produced by them. Management practices evolved by Japanese firms have been adopted by many of the global majors, including the Indian automobile giant Maruti Suzuki, to enhance their productivity.

So, it is a good idea to send Indian youths to Japan for training to learn their work culture. In fact, it is a win win situation for both the countries. Because, Indian youths will get on-job training in world-famous industries in Japan. And Japan, which is facing manpower crisis due to dwindling number of young workers and growing graying population, will be benefitted by employing the work force from India. This may prove to be a Godsend opportunity for the unemployed youths. They must grab the opportunity.


THIS can happen only in India, even if that pertains to the nation’s security and the men who stake their lives to keep its honour and integrity intact. The case in point is the deal to purchase body bags by the then Government in 1999 led by Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee.

The deal took a scandalous turn and all hell broke out. It came to be known as the ‘Coffin Gate.’ The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) took its own sweet time (a decade) to conclude the work. And now the situation is that, for the last 17-long years the body bags are buried under piles of dust in the Patiala court house warehouse. For this deal, whose price was disputed then and corruption suspected, the exchequer had shelled out $ 4 lakh. And although the deal has been cleared after much wrangling, the body bags remain confined to the dusty warehouse. The loss is duel: the much needed bags cannot be used for the purpose for which they have been purchased and secondly the exchequer has lost a whopping sum of money. And there is neither accountability nor remorse for this loss.