Source: The Hitavada      Date: 21 Jul 2018 10:29:38

THERE is justification for Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi slamming the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government led by the Congress party over the unmet promise of  countrywide electrification.  In 2009 the then Congress President Mrs. Sonia Gandhi had promised to electrify all households in the country. But the fulfillment of the promise has remained tardy.

When Mr. Modi took over as the Prime Minister in 2014, he had assured to fulfill that promise. Since then some good work has been done in that direction. Now the Prime Minister assures that the remaining 2.67 homes would be electrified by the end of the year under the over Rs. 16,000 crore Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojna.

The Government is laying great stress on electrifying every village, every household because it has become the modern day necessity without which no development is possible anywhere. It is because of lack of power that thousands of villages have remained untouched by development and modern amenities. Electrification can change their lives.



BY PASSING a historic anti-corruption legislation that seeks to punish the bribe-givers too, a grey area in the Prevention of Corruption Act, has finally been removed. The Act was silent on hauling up bribe-givers including private companies involved in corruption. The Amendment Bill, passed by the Upper House, has successfully removed that anomaly and bolstered the law against corruption with a wide-based reach.

With this new Anti-Corruption Bill the Government’s fight against graft will acquire a critical edge as the Bill makes organisations and individual indulging in unethical practices all the more apprehensive of stringent action. A large section of the society was finding ways to circumvent the law to get their work done by greasing palms of respective authorities. It was as much a crime as it was of accepting the favours.

In this light, the amendment needs to be welcomed wholeheartedly. However, more clarity is still needed over the proposed ‘shield’ to Government employees from immediate prosecution in complaints of corruption.