Call it the heights of frustration! For past few days, the nation’s mindspace has been taken up by 2 toilets built by the Planning Commission, at the cost of Rs 35 lakhs ! By the way this is the same planning commission which decided sometime back that Rs 32 was sufficient to fulfill the basic needs of a not so poor man living in cities. So basically, what could have fulfilled “all the basic needs” of 273 people for one whole year has been spent in a stroke by the planning commission. What shit! (No pun intended)
Incidently, the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission has been very busy in his research on how to make India a Superpower. So active he has been, that Mr Montek ended up making 42 foreign trips, spending a little over 270 days in different foreign countries, as the Sherpa representing the Government of India. During his foreign trips, he ended up spending around Rs 2.02 lakhs per day, which amounts to Rs 540 lakhs! So effective his trips have been that the GPD growth rate and the IIP of India has plummeted raising concerns about the ending of the India story.
Sometime back I was reading about how Madame President, Mrs Pratibha Patil has nearly surpassed Marco Polo in visiting as many countries as possible during her tenure, spending rs 205 crores of tax payers money. Now looking at the “toilet” expenses of Montek Singh Ahluwalia’s Planning Commission, I feel that he has made a grave error with his earlier calculations about the poverty line. In a country where building a toilet costs Rs 17.5 lakhs, saying a human can survive on Rs 32 a day (ok I am taking your argument of per month for the family and hence Rs 3840) is not only hypocrisy by a farce.
If the Government had been so concerned about our gaping fiscal deficit and the fact that we, as a nation, are ready to go bankrupt; it would better show some more honesty towards implementing what it calls Austerity.