OPEN LETTER TO THE PRIME MINISTER: INDIA NEEDS ACTION NOW

20 May 2021

Dear Prime Minister,

            We, a group of former civil servants from the All India and Central Services, with a deep commitment to the Constitution of India and with no political affiliations, have written to you as well as other constitutional authorities on a number of occasions in the past, whenever we felt that executive actions violated the provisions of the Constitution.  Today, in the midst of the Covid pandemic and the suffering that has engulfed the people of our country, we write to you in anguish as well as in anger. We are aware that this pandemic threatens the entire world and is not going to leave the citizens of India untouched. And yet, what numbs our senses daily is not just the cries of the citizenry for medical assistance and the death toll in its thousands but the manifestly casual attitude of your government to the magnitude of the crisis and its implications for the mental and physical health of the community of Indians.

            The steady erosion of the Cabinet system of governance, the worsening of federal relationships with the states, especially those governed by parties opposed to the party ruling at the centre, the lack of informed consultation with experts and Parliamentary committees, the failure to take the timely advice of expert committees and the absence of effective coordination with state governments have had disastrous consequences for the poor and disadvantaged and now for the better off sections of society as well.   Despite warnings from the international community and our own scientists, the breathing space between the first and the second waves was not used to augment critical resources such as medical staff, hospital beds, oxygen supplies, ventilators and drugs and other medical supplies. Even more inexcusably, no advance planning was done to secure adequate stocks of vaccines, despite India being one of the major vaccine suppliers to the world. The complacency displayed by you and your ministerial colleagues at various forums not only diverted attention from the looming threat but probably also contributed to both state governments and citizens letting down their guard at a crucial juncture. As a result, your Atmanirbhar Bharat is today compelled to seek the help of the outside world to lessen the agony inflicted on its own people by your government.

            Right from the outset of the pandemic in March 2020, your government has never systematically assessed the funds that state governments would need to tackle the pandemic. The PM-CARES fund was set up when there was already a Prime Minister National Relief Fund in place. No disclosures have been made regarding the funds collected and the expenditures on various items. This fund attracted to itself moneys which would otherwise have gone from corporates and the public to the various CM Relief Funds and to NGOs. Your government has not been prompt in paying outstanding GST dues to the states, which could have helped them defray Covid care expenses. At the same time, your government has incurred unnecessary expenditure on the Central Vista redevelopment project; these funds could well have been more gainfully used to tackle the crisis. On top of this, the harsh restrictions imposed on NGOs, especially those obtaining foreign contributions, have hampered their efforts in providing relief during the pandemic. 

            While the holding of elections to the legislative assemblies of four states and one union territory may have been unavoidable, you, Mr. Prime Minister, and your party functionaries threw all caution to the winds by conducting huge public rallies in different states, when a restrained campaign by your party would have served as a salutary example to other political parties. The Kumbh Mela at Haridwar was conducted with scant regard for Covid safety regulations. With two such “super spreader” events taking place just when the second surge of the virus was becoming a major threat, we are now witnessing the horrifying spectacle of the rampant spread of the Covid virus across the rural hinterland of the country.  

            Your government seems to be more concerned with managing the narrative of “efficient” management of the Covid crisis rather than addressing the crucial issues at stake. Even authentic data on the testing carried out in different states, the number of positive cases, the number of persons hospitalised and mortality figures have not been publicly disseminated. This has had serious implications for the adequate provision of necessary medical facilities in different states as well as for devising appropriate measures in different states to control the spread of the pandemic.

            We urge the Government of India to take the following actions immediately:

  • Provide for free, universal vaccination to all citizens of India. Government of India must centralize the procurement of vaccines from all available sources and supply them to state governments and all other implementing agencies.
  • Coordinate effectively with state governments to ensure the adequacy of oxygen facilities, essential lifesaving drugs and equipment and hospital beds in all States of the country.
  • Greatly ramp up RT-PCR testing in both rural and urban areas.
  • Make adequate funds available to the States for provision of medical facilities and stop expenditures on non-essential items like the Central Vista redevelopment project.
  • Draw on the existing surplus foodgrain stocks to provide free rations to the families of the marginalised and deprived sections of society as well as unorganised labour who have lost their employment opportunities until the ferocity of the pandemic and the hunger and livelihood crisis abates.
  • Fully provide, in consultation with state governments, for existing nutrition schemes for school going children and supplementary nutrition for mothers and children in the pre-school age groups.  .  
  • Provide a monthly income support for the current financial year to the needy sections of society to enable them to meet contingent expenses and unforeseen emergencies. Economists have recommended ₹ 7000 per month per household, equivalent to minimum wages.
  • Immediately remove the FCRA restrictions imposed on NGOs so that they can avail of funds provided by foreign governments and charities for Covid management and other related activities.
  • Place all data in the public domain and ensure that evidence-based policy measures are implemented.
  • Constitute an all-party committee at the central level to advise on and review all government decisions and monitor the control of the pandemic in different areas of the country.

            While the above constitute actions to be taken at the politico-administrative level, the most important action relates to building up the confidence and morale of a population hard hit by the loss of their near and dear ones. Compassion and caring have to be the cornerstones of government policy. History will judge our society, your government and, above all, you personally, on how effectively we handle this crisis.

SATYAMEVA JAYATE

Yours sincerely,

CONSTITUTIONAL CONDUCT GROUP

(116 signatories, as below)

 Anita AgnihotriIAS (Retd.)Former Secretary, Department of Social Justice Empowerment, GoI
 Salahuddin AhmadIAS (Retd.)Former Chief Secretary, Govt. of Rajasthan
 S.P. AmbroseIAS (Retd.)Former Additional Secretary, Ministry of Shipping & Transport, GoI
 Anand ArniR&AW (Retd.)Former Special Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat, GoI
 G. BalachandhranIAS (Retd.)Former Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of West Bengal
 Vappala BalachandranIPS (Retd.)Former Special Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat, GoI
 Gopalan BalagopalIAS (Retd.)Former Special Secretary, Govt. of West Bengal
 Chandrashekhar BalakrishnanIAS (Retd.)Former Secretary, Coal, GoI
 Rana BanerjiR&AW (Retd.)Former Special Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat (R&AW), GoI
 T.K. BanerjiIAS (Retd.)Former Member, Union Public Service Commission
 Sharad BeharIAS (Retd.)Former Chief Secretary, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh
 Aurobindo BeheraIAS (Retd.)Former Member, Board of Revenue, Govt. of Odisha
 Madhu BhaduriIFS (Retd.)Former Ambassador to Portugal
 K.V. BhagirathIFS (Retd.)Former Secretary General, Indian Ocean Rim Association, Mauritius
 Meeran C BorwankarIPS (Retd.)Former DGP, Bureau of Police Research and Development, GoI
 Ravi BudhirajaIAS (Retd.)Former Chairman, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, GoI
 Sundar BurraIAS (Retd.)Former Secretary, Govt. of Maharashtra
 Maneshwar Singh ChahalIAS (Retd.)Former Principal Secretary, Home, Govt. of Punjab
 R. ChandramohanIAS (Retd.)Former Principal Secretary, Transport and Urban Development, Govt. of NCT of Delhi
 K.M. ChandrasekharIAS (Retd.)Former Cabinet Secretary, GoI
 Rachel ChatterjeeIAS (Retd.)Former Special Chief Secretary, Agriculture, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh
 Kalyani ChaudhuriIAS (Retd.)Former Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of West Bengal
 Gurjit Singh CheemaIAS (Retd.)Former Financial Commissioner (Revenue), Govt. of Punjab
 Anna DaniIAS (Retd.)Former Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of Maharashtra
 Vibha Puri DasIAS (Retd.)Former Secretary, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, GoI
 P.R. DasguptaIAS (Retd.)Former Chairman, Food Corporation of India, GoI
 Nitin Desai Former Chief Economic Adviser, Ministry of Finance, GoI
 Keshav DesirajuIAS (Retd.)Former Health Secretary, GoI
 M.G. DevasahayamIAS (Retd.)Former Secretary, Govt. of Haryana
 Sushil DubeyIFS (Retd.)Former Ambassador to Sweden
 A.S. DulatIPS (Retd.)Former OSD on Kashmir, Prime Minister’s Office, GoI
 K.P. FabianIFS (Retd.)Former Ambassador to Italy
 Prabhu GhateIAS (Retd.)Former Addl. Director General, Department of Tourism, GoI
 Arif GhauriIRS (Retd.)Former Governance Adviser, DFID, Govt. of the United Kingdom (on deputation)
 Gourisankar GhoshIAS (Retd.)Former Mission Director, National Drinking Water Mission, GoI
 Suresh K. GoelIFS (Retd.)Former Director General, Indian Council of Cultural Relations, GoI
 S. GopalIPS (Retd.)Former Special Secretary, GoI
 H.S. GujralIFoS (Retd.)Former Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Govt. of Punjab
 Meena GuptaIAS (Retd.)Former Secretary, Ministry of Environment & Forests, GoI
 Ravi Vira GuptaIAS (Retd.)Former Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India
 Wajahat HabibullahIAS (Retd.)Former Secretary, GoI and former Chief Information Commissioner
 Deepa HariIRS (Resigned) 
 Siraj HussainIAS (Retd.)Former Secretary, Department of Agriculture, GoI
 Kamal JaswalIAS (Retd.)Former Secretary, Department of Information Technology, GoI
 Najeeb JungIAS (Retd.)Former Lieutenant Governor, Delhi
 Vinod C. KhannaIFS (Retd.)Former Additional Secretary, MEA, GoI
 Ajai KumarIFoS(Retd.)Former Director, Ministry of Agriculture, GoI
 Brijesh KumarIAS (Retd.)Former Secretary, Department of Information Technology, GoI
 Ish KumarIPS (Retd.)Former DGP (Vigilance & Enforcement), Govt. of Telangana and former Special Rapporteur, National Human Rights Commission
 Sudhir KumarIAS (Retd.)Former Member, Central Administrative Tribunal
 P.K. LahiriIAS (Retd.)Former ED, Asian Development Bank & Former Revenue Secretary, GoI
 Subodh LalIPoS (Resigned)Former Deputy Director General, Ministry of Communications, GoI
 S.K. LambahIFS (Retd.)Former Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of India
 B.B. MahajanIAS (Retd.)Former Secretary, Deptt. of Food, GoI
 Harsh ManderIAS (Retd.)Govt. of Madhya Pradesh
 Amitabh MathurIPS (Retd.)Former Director, Aviation Research Centre and Former Special Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat, GoI
 Lalit MathurIAS (Retd.)Former Director General, National Institute of Rural Development, GoI
 Aditi MehtaIAS (Retd.)Former Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of Rajasthan
 Shivshankar MenonIFS (Retd.)Former Foreign Secretary and Former National Security Adviser
 Sonalini MirchandaniIFS (Resigned)GoI
 Malay MishraIFS (Retd.)Former Ambassador to Hungary
 Sunil MitraIAS (Retd.)Former Secretary, Ministry of Finance, GoI
 Noor MohammadIAS (Retd.)Former Secretary, National Disaster Management Authority, Govt. of India
 Avinash MohananeyIPS (Retd.)Former Director General of Police, Govt. of Sikkim
 Deb MukharjiIFS (Retd.)Former High Commissioner to Bangladesh and former Ambassador to Nepal
 Shiv Shankar MukherjeeIFS (Retd.)Former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom
 Gautam MukhopadhayaIFS (Retd.)Former Ambassador to Myanmar
 NagalsamyIA&AS (Retd.)Former Principal Accountant General, Tamil Nadu & Kerala
 T.K.A. NairIAS (Retd.)Former Adviser to Prime Minister of India
 Surendra NathIAS (Retd.)Former Member, Finance Commission, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh
 P. Joy OommenIAS (Retd.)Former Chief Secretary, Govt. of Chhattisgarh
 Amitabha PandeIAS (Retd.)Former Secretary, Inter-State Council, GoI
 Niranjan PantIA&AS (Retd.)Former Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General, GoI
 P. R. ParthasarathyIPS (Retd.)Former Director, Anti-Corruption Bureau, Govt. of Maharashtra
 Alok PertiIAS (Retd.)Former Secretary, Ministry of Coal, GoI
 R. PoornalingamIAS (Retd.)Former Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, GoI
 Rajesh PrasadIFS (Retd.)Former Ambassador to the Netherlands
 Sharda PrasadIAS (Retd.)Former Director General (Employment and Training), Ministry of Labour and Employment, GoI
 R.M. PremkumarIAS (Retd.)Former Chief Secretary, Govt. of Maharashtra
 T.R. RaghunandanIAS (Retd.)Former Joint Secretary, Ministry of Panchayati Raj, GoI
 N.K. RaghupathyIAS (Retd.)Former Chairman, Staff Selection Commission, GoI
 V.P. RajaIAS (Retd.)Former Chairman, Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission
 C. Babu RajeevIAS (Retd.)Former Secretary, GoI
 K. Sujatha RaoIAS (Retd.)Former Health Secretary, GoI
 M.Y. RaoIAS (Retd.) 
 Satwant ReddyIAS (Retd.)Former Secretary, Chemicals and Petrochemicals, GoI
 Vijaya Latha ReddyIFS (Retd.)Former Deputy National Security Adviser, GoI
 Julio RibeiroIPS (Retd.)Former Adviser to Governor of Punjab & former Ambassador to Romania
 Aruna RoyIAS (Resigned) 
 Manabendra N. RoyIAS (Retd.)Former Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of West Bengal
 K. Saleem AliIPS (Retd.)Former Special Director, CBI, GoI
 Deepak SananIAS (Retd.)Former Principal Adviser (AR) to Chief Minister, Govt. of Himachal Pradesh
 G. SankaranIC&CES (Retd.)Former President, Customs, Excise and Gold (Control) Appellate Tribunal 
 S. SatyabhamaIAS (Retd.)Former Chairperson, National Seeds Corporation, GoI
 N.C. SaxenaIAS (Retd.)Former Secretary, Planning Commission, GoI
 A. SelvarajIRS (Retd.)Former Chief Commissioner, Income Tax, Chennai, GoI
 Ardhendu SenIAS (Retd.)Former Chief Secretary, Govt. of West Bengal
 Abhijit SenguptaIAS (Retd.)Former Secretary, Ministry of Culture, GoI
 Aftab SethIFS (Retd.)Former Ambassador to Japan
 Ashok Kumar SharmaIFoS (Retd.)Former MD, State Forest Development Corporation, Govt. of Gujarat
 Ashok Kumar SharmaIFS (Retd.)Former Ambassador to Finland and Estonia
 Navrekha SharmaIFS (Retd.)Former Ambassador to Indonesia
 Pravesh SharmaIAS (Retd.)Former Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh
 Raju SharmaIAS (Retd.)Former Member, Board of Revenue, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh
 Rashmi Shukla SharmaIAS (Retd.)Former Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh
 Padamvir SinghIAS (Retd.)Former Director, LBSNAA, Mussoorie, GoI
 Sujatha SinghIFS (Retd.)Former Foreign Secretary, GoI
 Tirlochan SinghIAS (Retd.)Former Secretary, National Commission for Minorities, GoI
 Jawhar Sircar  IAS (Retd.)  Former Secretary, Ministry of Culture, GoI, & former CEO, Prasar Bharati
 Parveen TalhaIRS (Retd.)Former Member, Union Public Service Commission
 Thanksy ThekkekeraIAS (Retd.)Former Additional Chief Secretary, Minorities Development, Govt. of Maharashtra
 P.S.S. ThomasIAS (Retd.)Former Secretary General, National Human Rights Commission
 Hindal TyabjiIAS (Retd.)Former Chief Secretary rank, Govt. of Jammu & Kashmir
 Jawed UsmaniIAS (Retd.)Former Chief Secretary, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh & former Chief Information Commissioner, Uttar Pradesh
 Ashok VajpeyiIAS (Retd.)Former Chairman, Lalit Kala Akademi
 Ramani VenkatesanIAS (Retd.)Former Director General, YASHADA, Govt. of Maharashtra

162 thoughts on “OPEN LETTER TO THE PRIME MINISTER: INDIA NEEDS ACTION NOW

    1. nooroo

      Thank you all our former administrators for your open letter. The ordinary citizen get solace and comfort that there are some people who care for citizens’ plight and try to change prevailing conditions for better.

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      1. Dr.J.Godfred Ponraj.Ph.D

        I as a common citizen stand with the past gaurdians of the Indian soul.You have courageously brought out this letter.Hope good will prevail over India

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        1. Cynthia Lingham

          I am very impressed that such a group exists. Thank you very much. Please continue to watch over our country, constitution & citizens.

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          1. Arjuna Bahadur

            Why do NOT these post superannuated wise after retirement civil servants write to their counterparts whom they groomed over the years to play their respective and constructive role as they form the nucleus of the government machinery..the problem is that apart from being incompetent they are subservient sycophants with myopic vision lacking integrity and intent.. absolutely self serving lot who hace no clue of governance..ministers come and go every five years, these overhyped Babus are answerable for the state that we are in

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            1. Mike Rana

              My forthcoming book, digital democracy 300 pages, will be on news stands in about 2 months. All these points and more will be covered. Please read it and give me a feedback as to how I have succeeded or failed in elaborating the above mentioned points.

              I have no vested interest not any political agenda. This is going to be my 5th book.

              One of the things that fails to impress me is why only ex- Civil Services officers write, what happened to the current officers, at least those who are not waiting for post retirement benefits or extensions

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          2. Arup Das

            I do not agree to most of them. Looks like a vested interest twosting facts and trying to put blame the Central Govt where as it is the State govts who are at fault most of the times. These same retired people when at the helm of the affairs hardly did anything to build proper health infrastructure. The whole epidemic unfolded itself in front of our eys and we the public have noted who were doing what. Who played politics. Who didnot attend numorouse meetings conduceted by PM.How efficiently Indian Railways worked for supplying oxygen and how swiftly all these were arranged. How hoarding and blackmarketing took place in which states. The public sees it all. It is high time to practically do something for the needy than sending letters . How the Ventilators given from PM Care fund are lying unused in various states.

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        2. Prof. Dr. Thomas Joseph

          I would like to express my gratitude to all our former administrators who have written this open letter. As a representative of the medical profession who have lost over 1000 of our colleagues and many more nurses and paramedical workers I hope good sense will prevail in decision making of the present dispensation governing us.

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        3. SUDHIR MEHRA

          U All have done a Great job to awaken the PM,but I have my reservations.As long as he is controlled by HM he will NOT do anything.
          An old saying:
          “Akal aur Farz ki batey Hosh aur Ahsas zanne AUR Aulad ki mohabat Aulad wala zanne”.
          He is just waiting for the Skyies to open and he will be gone for another trip Abroad.
          God ONLY can now save India

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        4. Gokulan A. K

          Govt has scant regard for public opinion and will be called as Tukde Tukde gang raising their heads irrespective of the status of Individuals.

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        5. நான் 12 ம் வகுப்பு படித்துள்ளேன். தனிப்பட்ட முறையில் மற்றும் பொது விவகாரம் நீர்நிலைகள் சுற்றுச்சூழல்,மக்கள் நலன் சார்ந்த அடிப்படை உரிமைகள், வேலைவாய்ப்புகள்,பொருளாதாரம்,வளர்ச்சி திட்டம் கோரிக்கைகள் சம்பந்தமாக Govt of India, PRESIDENT SECERETARY HELPLINE,PMOOFFICE,PGPORTAL,DARPG,DPG,RTI, PIL – PUBLIC LITEIPICATION INTERESTED- Lok adulta Court, Lgredressal grievance portal மூலம் தொடர்பு கொண்டால் மாநில அரசு அதிகாரிகள் முறையாக தீர்வு காண்பதில்லை. எனவே மாற்றுப்பாதையில் எவ்வாறு நம் குறைகளை அரசு அதிகாரிகளிடம் முறையீட்டு தீர்வு என்று எனக்கு உதவி,ஆலோசனை,மேலான கருத்துக்கள் வழங்கி உதவும்படி கேட்டுக்கொள்கிறேன். Mobile No 9843801999 email zentaorar@gmail.com

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      2. Farooqi

        This issue should have been brought up a month earlier. Hope the. Government chamchas and bhakts don’t call out the former bureaucrats as Anti National and so on. India is heading towards Catastrophic and apocalyptic situation. We have given our right of death into the hands of the prime minister and the home minister.

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        1. Vinod

          At a time when the nation should have put in every effort to fight the epidemic, you people have politicised the epidemic !!
          You are worse than the “Award Vaspsi” sickelur parasites !!

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            1. Dhirendra Sharma

              Totally political. Need of the hour is to be positive . Write up reflects the mindset of people . No expert predicted about such a severe second wave ( 4 times the first wave )of pandemic. Ignoring the massive efforts by the central/ state govts machinery in dealing the present situation reflects the negative mindset of the persons . Let us be positive & constructive.

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            2. Sp jain

              These IAS officers when were on chair never shown any intrest in public welfare . Pendemic is never assesed in advance .Remember when vexine was available leaders like Rahul and Akhilesh were telling this is BJP vexine . There was no support of opposition as well public . And where these so called think tanks were sleeping , vexination centers were waiting for public and vaxine was wasted by stupid state govt . Modi has done what is required . Now so called association is sending letter to Modi . Ask them why not sending there advise to theit counter pars who are sitting on chair and advising govt This is all after thought and chance to use pendemic as opportunity to highlight our self

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          1. Md. Asaduddin

            Asking a blind government to open its eyes to the sufferings of the people is the duty of everyone who has the welfare of the people at his heart. Better the bhakts shut their mouths at least now.

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            1. IC Rao President APLI Mumbai

              Government should supply very comfortable ISI certified masks free to all citizens. A Rs 25 mask giving 99% protection is better than Rs 600 vaccine giving 74% protection.

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      3. Sidharth S

        Although in principle I support the spirit behind the issues being raised, anything coming from retired IAS / IPS officers should not be taken seriously. These are the termites who enter the system to milch it dry and then, once they have had their fill, they retire and start sermonizing. This Govt has a lot to answer. But these vermins have a million more questions to answer. The principal reason behind this crisis is the creaking health and industrial infrastructure, except for the pockets of excellence to be used by these elites, of our country. This piece of infrastructure had been left to rot since last 70 years, with the blame shared by Govts of all hues. It was surviving all these years purely because of God’s grace, waiting for a crisis of this magnitude to expose its frailties. And consequently, when the perfect storm came, it simply crumbled. What did these people do to change the shape of things when they were in power? Absolutely nothing. Today, they are writing this letter not out of any compelling spirit of concern for the masses. They are doing this for two reasons:
        1) To cover their tracks, lest the roving eyes of people’s inquest reach their doorsteps.
        2) This crisis has also engulfed so many IAS and IPS officers, rendering all their privileges useless, like the illusion of benefit generated by tricks like Ayushman Bharat Insurance scheme. Now these people, perhaps for the first time in their lives, ever since they began their careers as members of this elite club, are fearful that they might also fall victim and all their power and pelf would not be able to save them.This is therefore more an outcome of fear for their own safety than anything else.
        These leeches should get nothing else but a liberal sprinkling of common salt on their bodies, to drain our blood from their system. I have nothing else but contempt and disdain for them.

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          1. Manoj Kumar Sood

            These are stuff who did nothing to strengthen the medical infrastructure of county. They hardly give hear to the complaints ans suggestions. Their only job was to get timely promotion, desired place of posting and to enjoy lavish life on the money of tax payers. If all would have done I the past O2 shortage i hospitals , installation and maintenance of it. Only one AIIMA was there that too was built by RANI AMRIT KAUR later been renamed. This govt had done a lot not only in the field of medical, dependency to import of arms Now we are capable to export PPE kits , masks , gloves. In the field is medicines polio vaccine was imported till 2024. Now it’s been developed in india,, above all private sector is promoted to do the job by giving free hand to them Now we are having 3 vaccines and more in pipeline. This could be enough to understand tthe facts. The persons whose name has been reflected being signatories are those who were sycophants of previous regimes. Jai Hind. 🇮🇳🇮🇳

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            1. Selvaraj m

              Polio vaccine imported till 2024?
              Which country are u from. We were manufacturing polio vaccine from 1994. Get ur records correct forst

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          2. Chandra bose

            A letter needs to be written to existing beurocrats too on how well they need to execute their powers without working as a part candidate

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        1. Prashant

          You are absolutely right. These so called Civil Servants are the same people who look at poor with disdain and contempt. These are the same people who have done nothing in last 70 years except licking boots of politicians and filling their pockets. Now they are hiding behind the apathy of GoI to save their own incompetence.

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        2. Heard of the Pareto Principle? 20% of the people do real work while 80% belong to the class you refer to.

          Casting everyone with the same brush reflects a narrow vision.

          And even if there are some of them from the category referred there is absolutely no harm in improving and developing a constitutional Conscience at any point in time.

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      4. Krishan Mitroo

        BJP / Modi Wave may have done some good to the nation e.g., Awakening if the Nationalist Awareness or Self Esteem in eyes if the World & many other issues But, the issues of neglect as pointed out are glaring failures on part of present Govt. It is general feeling amongst countrymen that, Modi Ji may be unaware of what is going on, under his banner…. The Party Catorie may be to blame…!
        A GOOD SHAKEUP LTR TO THE NATION…

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      5. First, these guys do not cate for facts:
        1.PM cares fund is Registered; pm telief fund is not regd;
        2.PM cares fund comes under CAG. pm relief fund did not .
        3.PM cares fund has officials and ex-officio members; pm relief funf had congress president sonia gandhi and others of her ilk.as members.
        4.by disclosure, what do they mean?
        daily exp.sheet in whats app? CAG report on PM cares fund can be discussed in Parliament.
        Thank God, these guys are not there now.

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      6. Balji Singh

        Timely and good initiative takn by the seniors to have some piece of advice to the present Govt and specialy to Modi ji.If these steps are taken immediately our country would be out of this situation very soon.Hope better sence will prevail in this
        direction.

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      7. Arif Khan

        Our elite class of retired IAS and IFS officers are worried about the welfare of our citizens and sending an open letter highlighting on real facts we hope the ruling government takes note and gets into action. If not the slogan of Atma nirbhar is shameful and disgusting. Indians will never forget.

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      8. bhavanavasan

        thank u for ur open to all former administrators of Indian government but there r many fraud politicians playing game for help of needy persons. last year at the same type of covid period govt monthly paid rd.500 to bank account. this time avoided. why this misunderstand among them. rich persons r surviving without any difficulty at the same time poor and middle class r suffering even without a day meal. pls open ur eyes and help needy persons. I believe u will do the needful.

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    2. Viney Davessar

      AT THE TIME OF THIS NATIONAL CRISIS DUE TO PANDEMIC AT POLITICAL PARTIES SHOULD RISE ABOVE SELFISH MOTIVES AND WORK FOR HUMANITY. ALL THESE SUGGESTED ACTIONS ARE CRISP AND CLEAR KNOWN TO ALL POLITICAL LEADERS OF INDIA BUT IT IS NEED OF THE HOUR TO SHOW SELFLESS SERVICE TOWARDS NATION BY FOLLOWING OUR FATHER OF NATION MAHATAMA GANDHI WITH AN IRON WILL OF LOH PURUSH.

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    3. K K Joardar DIGP CRPF (retd)

      Hope they are not the spokes person of Congress. Few of the points raised by the congress party has been raised here without considering the subject matter.
      They raised about Kumbh Mela ,what about mammoth Gathering during Muslim Festival.
      Perhaps these group had not view the video of expert Medical panel ,and should have been hear what Dr Devi Prasad Sethi said.
      Without going through the deep of the problems they have just blame the PM.

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    4. Jude D'Souza

      Hope in God that light will save us and our country. It is time for an awakening and an uprising to lead our country and her destiny, carrying all and steering the ship to a safe haven

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    5. Professor NM Khandelwal

      Good repayment of obligation of UPA1 and 2 governments. Highly biased letter deserves to be ignored. The present govt of India is tackling Covid-19 crisis in the best possible way in spite of mischief being done by certain congress govts in states.

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      1. Dr. Binoy Shanker Prasad

        I agree with you Professor. These beneficiaries, past and present, of the system should have given a call to rally behind the current leadership of the country, the way Atal Bajpayee called the nation to get behind Indira Gandhi during the Bangladesh crisis. They preferred to be the bull-horn of the opposition political party. Such a shame.

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    6. Asish R Basu

      Excellent letter – maybe about six weeks too late.! Nevertheless , I applaud the effort and the accuracy of all the misdeeds of this Governmdnt!

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  1. C.K. Sinha

    I agree with the suggestions on how to proceed further. The Govt has miserably failed in tackling the pandemic especially the second wave about which it had been warned. What has Pakistan and Bangladesh and other Asian and African countries, done right and we wrong.

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    1. Sourabh

      They had better bureaucrats guiding the govt.
      Any how what have all u done during your service?? we all are suffering not beam cause of mismanagement by present govt alone, but be because all the signatories to this letter have not done anything during their service. Otherwise who had stopped them from creating medical infrastrucute when they were in service. Leave aside medical, what is the condition of govt. schools, condition of education is also no less than a pandemic. What was the pace of highway construction during tenure of Learned signatories.

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      1. Madhukar

        I absolutely in agreement with you ,Shri Sourabh ji and salute you for your courage to call spade a spade.
        All what is written in the letter. has been known to people ,as a part of mischievous strategy being orchestrated day in day out by the wested interest both in India and abroad.
        They think that they are the fountain head of all knowledge of the world.
        They also think that they have the birth right to rule the country.
        They also assume that their successors who are in the present government have been selected and brought in the administration in the same way as they were.
        Lastly..I feel they are still tied down with their masters who brought to their past position, and they have to do what their masters demand or command.
        Any way ,the right place of paper like this is a dust bin.
        Thanks again

        Also this is a selfish move of these bygones to remain in limelight.
        All and all they deserve severe condemnation by all like minded persons

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      2. Suresh Vaswani

        Had these bureaucrats done their job properly and created norms & infrastructure when they were in service . They would have been singing a different tune. Please come out in open and tell us what / who prevented you from doing the job efficiently.

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    2. Ved Mitra Arya

      The civil servants had never been Popular in their job ,now dictatinng.
      Have earned a lot ,come forward with specific help.All are not retired in Modi Govt.
      Need every thing free or cheap, should Govt . Now biased criticism is shameful.

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  2. Chandan Kumar

    I can bet
    These statement could not a single effect on our Dankapati ( honoured PM).
    But if You appreciate him in any letter then all the BJP member will display that.

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  3. Engineer Mahabir Singh Yadav

    Respected Sir’s, I want to salute you all for the courage and conviction shown by the group for analysing the functioning of the GOI.I don’t think that the PM shall take all these things in the right perspective and shall try to improve the functioning of the Government at different levels of Governance. Being the part of the Government so long,you might have seen that during the passage of time,certain drawbacks has crept in our democratic model of Governance. People at large are suffering because of the dictatorial attitude of leaders, who capture the Executive posts like PM,CM,Ministership,Governorship etc.by exploiting the present democratic dispensation. You all shall agree that the power’s enjoyed by the PM makes him overpowered and finally proved to be like a Dictator in the guise of democratically elected Leader of the country. Is the time is not ripe for transforming this rotten system? Because of this predicament, the development of the country and its people is at stake. I very sincerely request you all to devise a alternate model of Governance, to make governance more popularly elected and accountable and politics based on performance. If required I can help. Yours Sincerely, M.S.YADAV. Mob -9915612890.

    On Thu, 20 May 2021 16:58 Constitutional Conduct, wrote:

    > constitutionalconduct posted: ” 20 May 2021 Dear Prime Minister, > We, a group of former civil servants from the All India and > Central Services, with a deep commitment to the Constitution of India and > with no politi” >

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  4. Involvement of Civil Society Organisations should have been included. government machinery cannot and will not be able to complete both healthcare and humanitarian activities on its own.

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  5. This Letter is as perious as giving a oxygen to patient dying becoz of its lack. I firmly, confidently support this letter. History is evidence that India has servived many pandemic more intense than this Covid 19. Right from the child’s birth many immunization took place to protect the child from diseases like polio, rubella, measles,T.B and today we are free from all this diseases.Isn’t it ? All this came through proper planning and well execution by the administration and government.We can easily overcome this too. It’s really not an big issue.What is necessary is proper planning and executing it to a the grass root levels. #We_need_Action_Sir.PM.

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    1. Ali K K

      Some pease loving people like you are writing to the authority, the fact that what is happening in the country and what are the remedy for it. It’s a good job, my full support. Thank you 😊💓

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  6. Shifa

    Good to know someone is finally raising voice against this injustice here, taking place in India. Hope we will get a positive response as well as action soon as possible.

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  7. Franklin Brandon D Costa

    Can you write to prime minister Narendra Modi and finance minister nirmala sitharaman about people who have taken a loans for houses, flats, vehicles, or business, because of this pandemic their jobs lost some have no business and people cannot pay their installments, so my request to you people to write a letter to prime minister Narendra Modi and finance minister nirmala sitharaman saying that give a break for payments atleast 2 year or 3 year, any how they are going to pay whatever amounts they took a loans, if the central government gives a break it will be very helpful to our people during this pandemic time, lots of people’s are saying banks people are go on calling to pay their installments, borrowers are surely going to do the payments because of this deadly disease,
    this just my suggestions

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    1. Dr.J.Godfred Ponraj.Ph.D

      I as a common citizen stand with the past gaurdians of the Indian soul.You have courageously brought out this letter.Hope good will prevail over India

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  8. Great job n what a deep breath u must have taken before this stand
    I hope no ED CBI. IT n other may not asked to reopen cases in case any is there or they might plant some thing
    Respected sir everything is possible PL tk care
    We all stand for truth for Wich u r ur stand for ur

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  9. Rana M Philip

    Congratulations .As men and women that ran the administration of the country your voice will matter.. Unfortunately, with absolute majority ,they may need additional prodding
    What would be meaningful is you can persuade your colleagues , once your juniors and now in power to be firm instead of being supine to their political masters . That will strengthen your plan to bring change.

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    1. Rakesh Kumar Agrawal

      Everything is being managed well. Healthcare sector is included in state list of Constitution of India. Niti Ayog and ministry of health is coordinating. Any suggestion by any expert on covid-19 should be offered before March, 2021.

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      1. Thomas Mathew

        A well written letter. Hope the pm and his advisors will take appropriate action to correct the system. The present situation is very bad and all concerned must take positive/ corrective action to remedify the severe problems. Also, those IAS/IPS/IFS officers, in service, should read the letter and work accordingly, so that these type of errors and inefficient implementation of wrong decisions taken by ur bosses can be corrected, before it is implemented. Good effort.

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  10. Anjali

    Opening FCRA is like opening doors for lot of illigal things in this time n situation even if the intent of this point raised is for good.
    We do have foreign funding for terrorist activities too who is to keep track of all that when PM fund allocation is not being made public.

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    1. Thayyil Sethumadhavan

      A very thought- provoking and timely open letter from a group of highly respected and dedicated former civil servants whose collective wisdom should prompt the Administration, if not the political leadership, to consider their valuable guidance with a positive mindset. Hopefully!

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  11. Veynz Nayr

    After seeing how the protestors of Shaheenbagh and the farmers were treated, you think that writing a letter to the PM will fetch results?

    The man has not an iota of humanity in him and you’re just writing a letter to this megalomaniac?
    You must be joking!!!

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    1. Sanjay

      Thank you all for initiating government jolting open letters.

      But it looks sure on an outcome of no use because it seems that

      India in under a religious attack from within, and it is evident from history of human civilisation, that whenever any country or culture faces a religious attack, the population has to face brutality. With a religious mindset to govern a multi cultural society in last 07 years, to which existing executive us certainly a part of and all organs of government were easily twisted to support religious agenda of government in power.

      it is out of context to assume that the executive would suddenly leave aside it’s radical mindset and start acting as true public servants.

      The executive, judiciary and media are to an extent left spineless to force government to act beyond its agenda.

      It is time to help each other a social level with what ever support government can render. Also criticism of present government would increase arrogance in political leadership that is more like a cadre than seasoned politicians like Late Sh A. B. Bajpai, Sh. L. K. Adwani who were more than cadre of any organization.

      All the above qualified – signatories are humbly advised to form expert committees on various subjects that can help Indians fight COVID.

      These committees may publish there suggestion on weekly basis as a brief to government and public at large.

      Hope dignitaries here would think it as possible use of their expertise to help everyone of us.

      Regards

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  12. SANJEEV MEHTA

    Very valid suggestions. However, going by the past history of this useless Govt, you honorable and well.meaning gentlemen and ladies will be trolled and mocked for daring to write such a letter. Indeed the Govt’s only effort is aimed at saving the tattered reputation of Mr Modi rather than spending time effort and money to actually resolve the various burning issues which have been caused thanks to the total incompetence and lack of vision, planning and foresight by Mr Modi and his one man army Government which has been absolutely the worst to govern India in living memory.

    Let us hope for a miracle or some intervention, divine or otherwise which relieves us of this curse (BJP Govt) and allows us to elect a more humane, caring and competent dispensation to salvage whatever is left of this nation and its people.

    Jai Hind

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  13. Om Pathak

    Strange phenomenon. Why is it that all the wisdom dawns on the civil servants only after they retire or post 60 years of age. While in service, they act as burra brown sahebs, inaccessible to people at large. Some became active participants in the large scams or beneficiaries thereof. But post 60, when they become irrelevant, sit on a number of corporate boards because of their service connections, the wisdom finally dawns and they begin to see constitutional transgressions. Since I belonged to the community of civil servants I do have a good understanding of who they are what their psyche is.

    Can anyone of them tell me as to how did they join the fight against the pandemic?

    So, my humble request to the great courageous 116 men of little relevance is, that you have had your innings. Let those in the field play theirs.

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  14. K R Rajan

    Let us all know out of these guys been in administration how many have contributed to the society other than his family one good product or service to the people of this country? Very few you can finger it out. Many will write memoirs after retirement that to make some money out its publication.

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  16. Satish Jha

    It’s encouraging to see some of our educated friends from civil services speak up from time to time. However, the semiliterate leaders are clever politicians. The less educated a leader, greater the cunning in dealing with people, politics and democratic institutions. In this case May du has already stacked the deck against the IAS in particular. He used its members who were willing to prostrate in front of him. He abused those who did not. Imprisoned some at will. He has clear cunning to deal with anyone who has a flexible spine. It’s hard to protest that the civil services have played their expected roles. Exceptions apart, most civil servants are known to have wealth way in excess of their legitimate earnings, including incomes of the spouse and any inheritance. Most allied with semiliterate politicians of their choice for easier or better lives and post retirement rewards. Most chose to suffer the ignominy of subservience to the semiliterate political executive. For there is little room in the system to stand up to the political masters. Even in constitutional roles the civil servants chose to be servants first, civil to masters, uncivil to subordinates. They abandoned the steel frame of democracy they were supposed to be. They did not weave the web that could strengthen the institutions even though that was critical to their own dignity. They chose to walk in tall and leave prostrating. For all their wisdom they got mauled over by the worst of the society.

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  17. Thank you!
    It’s encouraging to see some of our educated friends from civil services speak up from time to time. However, the semiliterate leaders are clever politicians. The less educated a leader, greater the cunning in dealing with people, politics and democratic institutions. In this case May du has already stacked the deck against the IAS in particular. He used its members who were willing to prostrate in front of him. He abused those who did not. Imprisoned some at will. He has clear cunning to deal with anyone who has a flexible spine. It’s hard to protest that the civil services have played their expected roles. Exceptions apart, most civil servants are known to have wealth way in excess of their legitimate earnings, including incomes of the spouse and any inheritance. Most allied with semiliterate politicians of their choice for easier or better lives and post retirement rewards. Most chose to suffer the ignominy of subservience to the semiliterate political executive. For there is little room in the system to stand up to the political masters. Even in constitutional roles the civil servants chose to be servants first, civil to masters, uncivil to subordinates. They abandoned the steel frame of democracy they were supposed to be. They did not weave the web that could strengthen the institutions even though that was critical to their own dignity. They chose to walk in tall and leave prostrating. For all their wisdom they got mauled over by the worst of the society.

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  18. Dr. K M Srinivasa Gowda, Former Registrar of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Science, Bangalore

    A simple lack of common sense. They did not take into consideration the population of India when deciding on the number to be vaccinated. Now, they are lying daily.

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    1. Major P M Goswami (Retd)

      This is highly commendable start of action by a respected section of the citizenry. God bless them all.
      It’s a RED FLAG distress call by citizens to the Govts at centre and States.
      We hope they heed this cru…
      for grief distress and fear has gripped India…
      Bharat Mata is weeping silently at the death and suffering of her children.
      She is aghast that the Govt just looks on and fudges everything…info, planning, infrastructure, logistics, medicines, oxygen, equipment et al.
      Instead it remained engaged in antics that citizens can do nothing about…be these antics be electioneering, gifting vaccines, large uncontrollable gatherings as super-spreader events etc.
      For the citizens, with loved ones dying in their arms, at hospital gates, it’s as if the country has no Govt, be they the Central or the State. Self help is the norm now
      May God bless Bharat and keep her children safe.
      Jai Hind
      🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳

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  20. Dr. Binoy Shanker Prasad

    The former bureaucrats — policy makers, executors or Lt Governors etc. — in the list have the worst credentials to speak on the decisions and actions of the government of the day. Ask all of them to do some soul searching and let us know how many times during their career they stood up to their political masters and paid the price for that. It’s easy to join the complaining side and pretend to be a hero after superannuation.
    Although constructive advise from any group of citizens must be listened to and honored by the government, the retired bureaucrats, in my opinion, turn out to be the worst parasites in our society. Take the example of Patna I’m more familiar with: The city is filled with retired IAS, IPS officers and court judges, but they will not lift a finger against so many atrocities and corruption going on next door or next street. To add insult to the common people, there are fancy IAS and IPS Wife Associations and Clubs.
    The list of demands includes relaxation of the FCRA. These former bureaucrats know very well this will amount to opening the back door for all illicit and unaccounted money to flow into the country. Are they not familiar with the organizations abroad that fund all kinds of subversive activities in India?
    An expedited clearance should be the way to go whereas there must be complete transparency in the funds collected by any organization including the PM relief funds.
    Sorry, if I have sounded harsh. The country needs unity and action at this juncture without being divisive. I understand the pent up feelings of the opposition forces for the last seven years. Covid catastrophe has given them a chance and from behind these ex-bureaucrats they have seized the opportunity to pummel the current government and the Prime Minister.

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    1. DK Bhardwaj

      I agree with Dr Binoy Shanker Prasad. Let’s hear from illustrious authors of Open Letter to PM as to what remarkable contribution did they make while in service. Did they crawl or not? If they had stood up, today India would have been leaps ahead. Need to look within because 3 fingers point at writers. Which of them worked for 18 years without a day off for years. Not a word of praise!!!!

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  21. Ramani Natarajan

    Our PM seems to be totally oblivious to the suffering of the people of the country and seems to be focused solely on the grandiose building projects. At best he makes the occasional speech mouthing platitudes and catchy slogans. This letter from former civil servants sums up the current situation in the country and suggests what needs to be done clearly.I hope it does not fall on deaf ears

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  22. Nikesh Sinha

    I do appreciate the sentiment of your suggestions but the math of it leaves me a bit worried. At Rs. 7000/household we probably need to support 80 crore people so roughly 20 crore households. This leads to an annual expenditure of 16.8 lakh crore. This is roughly the total collection from direct taxes in a year. As all of you know, we have direct and indirect taxes as our chief sources of revenue which can then support our expenditure. Your single suggestion will wipe out the entire direct tax collection. Our ability to support minimum prices for wheat and rice would be compromised. Our defence expendtiture would need to be curtailed at such a delicate juncture. We might even not be able to pay salaries of government servants if this were implemented in all seriousness.
    My question is to all you ladies and gentlemen who have served this country with great distinction (and I do know a few of you and my regard is in all seriousness at the highest I could ever hold you all to) and I say this with no sleight of either hand or tongue, why suggest something which this country cannot afford?

    Warm regards to you all

    Nikesh Sinha

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  23. Shuvam

    The Modi Government must be held accountable for each and every single of its misdeeds. You forgot to mention that they preponed the Maha Kumbh to a pandemic year to please their vote banks.

    But, you are all talk and no action. Ex – elites of bureaucracy, with plenty of time, but content to send letters and post it on this site.

    Hell, you don’t even have a feedback option or a contact option, a twitter account or a FB page.

    HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THE LINCOLN PROJECT??? INDIA NEEDS SOMETHING LIKE THAT RATHER THAN IMPOTENT RANTS WITHOUT ANY ACTION.

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  25. anil kumar singh

    very good. now the trends has shown decline, their pathetic knowledge has enlighten us. if they are so gyani. why they did not written at the onset of second wave with all their khowledge.

    obnoxious letter.

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  26. Srinivas

    Useless scoundrels , instead of writing open letters to insult India , in the eyes of the west , just go and do service , like the rss , which is doing selfless service without expectation

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  27. RKS

    Ha ha ha. So now you have woken up to advise the government. Bizarre.
    Since independence you have all been at the helm of affairs in governance and all of you have got outstanding “ACR” , Then why is the country not outstanding. No prizes for guessing that you have all been a bunch of self serving officers.
    Take out the personal file of each one of you, and it will be revealed that you have done nothing but misused power wherever you were posted. And finally after superannuation this downing of wisdom smacks of only ulterior motives on your part. Your post retirement rehabilitation, your illegal NGOs, your ill gotten wealth and your inefficient and ineffective working during your heydays have been your only concern. I can say this because you can do nothing without your vested interests, individual or collective.
    Accept that you are all spent force and outdated intellect of bygone era in this fast changing world. The young people in service are better equipped to understand the need of the hour in this time of extreme crisis and handle it well. You cannot tell the present dispensation anything positive which they have not thought. And see the suggestions on FCRA. Are you you not aware of the dangers of doing so. And other suggestions are so vague, a typical bureaucratic suggestions. Have you accounted for the GDP and population of the country while drafting those points. Or you limit yourselves to advising for implementation is someone else’s headache. Exactly the way you have been doing all through your career. Can you yourselves implement those suggestions. It is very easy to blame the politicians and your juniors. Now do you understand why despite your impractical approach to the nation’s problem this country is still able to progress. Selfless service of millions of people have been carrying the burden of the nation, you all included, while you were busy lobbying for plum postings and messing up wherever yupi went. If you are concerned why don’t you pick up phones and advise your junior officers in different states, who are at the helms now and who have been your probationers/ training’s during district postings. But you won’t do it as they also won’t listen to you. They know your useless worth so well. No one has any trust or expectations from you. You all have always been of a misplaced notion that simply because you have been at the apex of bureaucracy, you are the most enlightened ones to advise the Govt. You all better leave the system alone, relax and repent for not doing justice to the job assigned to you during your service and losing the opportunity to serve the nation honestly.

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  28. Kishore Prabhala

    A well written document addressing the issues in pandemic of Covid-19, by well experienced group of people ran the government not ministers or elected officials.
    2nd wave of COVID-19 was simply ignored by government led #Modiji which took over 42,000 in April and by now over 80,000 21st May, 2021
    Government #blundered the anticipation this second wave of COVID-19 as it swept Europe, Brazil, Turkey and USA etc. what a treacherous and pathetic life 1390 millions Indians saw close to dozens days over 400k cases of COVID-19 and 4000 cases as #Oxygen supplies dwindling, beds full across more than 100 cities, of course ICUs unavailable, ambulances not enough, black markets thriving
    Finally, absolutely blunder by #Modiji not plan and implement enough vaccines for 50% Indians, even his visited to #SerumInstututeofIndia produces 50 million #covishield per month since January 2021, #BharatBioTech produces #covaxin 12.5 million a month
    So by April 2021, only 250 million produced so exactly shows only less 200 million vaccinated across India but glorified advertising of #LargestVaccinationDrive while few countries vaccinated 50% of their citizens I.e. two doses but less than 10% Indians. Biggest mistake a government committed since independence
    No foreign vaccines approved until a week
    Close 20 million will be infected by COVID-19 by end of May, deaths will continue increase
    Finally official deaths are not even 10% as death certificates coming out so rapidly
    Even as cases increasing, no cancellations of elections or stopping mass gatherings in late April
    This government and officials administrator will royal pay for this screw upas 3rd wave coming will take over 10% of 200 million below 18. Now estimating how to get billion doses of vaccine by Dec 2021, what hindsight
    Hope 1918-20 will not repeated close 30% of Indians suffered

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  29. Narender Kumar

    You all duoerannuated officers are playing in politicians hand , its surprising that our country is facing pandemic whereas you all the signatories have been opposing only one person MODI. Had you people been given proper suggestions and guided the govts prior to 2004, we would have not faced embracing position. Prior to 2oo4 you all were having hand in gloves of corruption. Lacs of crore rupees siphoned from our system through bribes, embzlements, scams etc. It would have been appreciable that if you pointed out. A layman understands that opposition has been using different platforms to destabilize the government. If any of the signatories have contribution to eradicate corruption prior to 2004 may please inform.
    It is pertinent to inform all the signatories that I’m ordinary citizen of India and don’t have affiliation with any political party. I appreciate the congress leaders when ever they perform for the betterment of country.

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  30. Dr KBN SINGH DOD

    This letter is a disrespect to the citizens who elected the present Government. Since when the Retd offers Gp has become the custodians of the Constitution in a democracy. It is unfortunate to know that these custodians even don’t know that it is Responsibility of the State Govt to oversee the health requirements of the state. How is Central Government responsible for inadequacy of health infrastructure. ? This letter appears to be based on certain agenda though it is mentioned that gp is a political and has no political affiliation.

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  32. K V KUNAR

    WASTE BODIES OF PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT STAYING IN BUNGALOW. THESE ANIMALS DID NOTHING BUT SWINDLED MONEY AND NOW TALKING ABOUT EXCELLENT LEADERSHIP WE HAVE

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  33. Shivansh Srivastava

    Completely useless stuff and politically motivated. These Bureaucrats never wish to let go their powers and they want to dominate the country. They want un authorized access powers and thereby they never want that never a public will should come up to let go their ways of earnings.
    At multiple instances we have seen how these bureaucrat not let medical functionaries work without their interventions.

    In a nutshell this is completely politically motivated and scripted. India trust PM Modi and no one could handle it more better than him.

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  36. Shubhojit

    We the civil society need to come together and save the nation from the anti national, anti humanity, anti democracy govt run by Modi. If we don’t stand today, tomorrow we will be shamed by our future generation. All those against this appeal hate India.

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  37. M R Vijayaraghavan

    (1) Apt letter. I don’t understand the expression, ‘…elections ..may be unavoidable…’. Of course, they were very much avoidable.

    (2) The issue India is in presently is not one of ‘health’; it is one concerning the ‘security’ of its citizens. India is at war against an unknown weapon of mass killing, the source of which may not be conclusively known.

    (3) India, was and is in a state of ‘a national emergency’, and the related constitutional provisions were meant to be invoked exactly under the circumstances that India has been since March 2020

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  38. Shankar Murthy Mallampalli

    Thanks very much for this initiative. There should be always a body to question the government . And i feel this is the correct team of administrators which will definitely put things in a right direction.

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  39. GK Pathak

    Trust the successors you all groomed. If you did sincerely, as per constitution, they will succeed. Signs are there. If you didn’t then curse your predecessors. Because you are better than the best who brought nation to this stage where common citizens is scared to go to collectorate, police station, govt hospitals and many such like bodies which you mismanaged efficiently. Your group reminds me of Warren Hastings and Robert Clive’s made in India version but not for India and too far from India living in comfort zone created, furnished and looked after at the expense of Exchequer.

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  40. S Ramachandra

    CCG should guide properly with facts and figures, not under pressure nor personal benefits.
    Few notices were appreciable, however, majority of statements were irrelevant and looked like allegations and complaints.
    I have my own doubt about the authenticity of the observations done by this group, as a ground worker, I do not find them true either.
    CCG like, any other loyal countrymen, can suggest outside the parliament or say about some observations.
    I have replied to majority of this articles with facts, which these gentlemen need to answer. Else, it will be just like a comment without a thought process.
    However, actions which they have suggested, majority of them already functional even before they suggest…

    But, still, suggestions or complaints should be based on facts or scientific evidences. If common man demands vaccination to all within 6 months, we understand that he is ignorant.

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  41. S Ramachandra

    1. Right from the outset of the pandemic in March 2020, your government has never systematically assessed the funds that state governments would need to tackle the pandemic..

    My Doubt: Please, elaborate this. As State governments were unable to decide the course of action, central govt took over and successfully controlled the 1st pandemic wave in India, which was no doubt appreciated by one and all.
    Since state governments cried foul and rights of states were questioned, during the 2nd wave, rights were given to state government to control the pandemic. Any outcome from State Governments?
    Especially two states, Maharashtra and Delhi, are responsible for spreading this all over India. Do you agree with me? I have some statistics and data to prove that.
    These two state governments public statements and discussion with Central governments, are evident to show their ignorance on controlling the pandemic. Would you also advise State Authorities?

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  42. S Ramachandra

    2. The PM-CARES fund was set up when there was already a Prime Minister National Relief Fund in place.

    My Doubt: The resources of the PMNRF are now utilized primarily to render immediate relief to families of those killed in natural calamities like floods, cyclones and earthquakes, etc. and to the victims of the major accidents and riots. For a pandemic like this, which occurs once in 100 years, should have different account.

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  43. S Ramachandra

    4. While the holding of elections to the legislative assemblies of four states and one union territory may have been unavoidable, you, Mr. Prime Minister, and your party functionaries threw all caution to the winds by conducting huge public rallies in different states…..

    My Doubt: Yes, to certain extent, is true. But I have one doubt gentlemen. Is it not the duty of Election Commission of India or President of India, to postpone the constitutional requirement of conducting election, else, presidency rule should be have been brought in?
    Second doubt: Elections were held in Assam, West Bengal, Kerala, Puducherry, and Tamil Nadu.
    2nd Wave originated in Maharashtra and Delhi, where no Election activities were held. How come campaigning or gathering at places which are hundreds of miles away hit states of Maharashtra and Delhi? Which, we feel logically not a right statement to connect Pandemic to Elections. Why not farmer’s agitation was a planned conspiracy to spread pandemic? anything can happen, when certain group have international funds for destabilizing India.
    We, 109 Crore citizen, will never allow that to happen in any case.

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  44. s

    5. The Kumbh Mela at Haridwar was conducted with scant regard for Covid safety regulations. With two such “super spreader” events taking place just when the second surge of the virus was becoming a major threat,

    My Doubt: As certain Religious gatherings can not be controlled by Policies, due to the weakness of our constitution. It implies to all religions like Ramdan, Kutti etc… These are religious sensitive matters.
    Moreover, Kumbha Mela in Haridwar, was conducted with utmost Covid Safety. Hope, panel knows about it.
    On seeing the pandemic fury and upon the request from PM, devotees cut short the festival and was cleared within days. That was decency from devotees, they did not block the road or did some andolan.
    Till day, Haridwar and surround cities are relatively Covid Free.. Persons who left, were tested negative.
    We absolutely do not believe that these are super spreader. Please, provide proof and facts how did it spread due to these two events. It is shear allegation and complaints, without any proof.

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    1. We the COMMISSIONED OFFICERS OF INDIAN DEFENCE FORCES , WAR VETERANS of 1965/1971, having secured the borders of Nation intact and NOW SUPER SENIOR CITIZENS having been assured by the COAS on 14th January 2020 by announcing commitment to HONOR for EX-GRATIA are in waiting to live life with dignity n grace.

      CAPTAIN
      Maharaj Singh Uppal
      SS 9/10 yrs

      President,
      AISSCOWA

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  45. s ramachandra

    5. The Kumbh Mela at Haridwar was conducted with scant regard for Covid safety regulations. With two such “super spreader” events taking place just when the second surge of the virus was becoming a major threat,

    My Doubt: As certain Religious gatherings can not be controlled by Policies, due to the weakness of our constitution. It implies to all religions like Ramdan etc… These are sensitive matters.
    Moreover, Haridwar, was conducted with Covid Safety.
    On seeing the pandemic fury, and upon the request from PM, devotees cut short the festival and was cleared within days.
    Till day, Haridwar and surround cities are relatively Covid Free.. Persons who left, were tested negative.
    We absolutely do not believe that these are super spreader. Please, provide proof and facts how did it spread due to these two events.

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  46. S Ramachandra

    7. Even more inexcusably, no advance planning was done to secure adequate stocks of vaccines, despite India being one of the major vaccine suppliers to the world

    We hope, you understand the manufacturing process of vaccine. Vaccines are not magically created. They need raw materials and have to be manufactured. Vaccines are manufactured against the agreement that it shall supply 40% to UNO, as license is procured to manufacture in India.
    As on date, 18 Cr citizens in India are vaccinated. USA, being a developed nation, have just completed 15Cr. Where are your calculations?
    We are proud the way current government doing its level best. More than 100 Cr are being him, not just few hundred.
    At the level of current pandemic, even USA could not have fared better as compared to India. If 10 persons at home, all suffered from diarrhea at the same time, do you think they will have 10 toilets already built? Very illogical thinking. Please, think on ground reality. Better move around with covid patients to understand, not to collect materials from media, which are already bought out by anti-nationals.

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    1. Gopalakrishna RAMPALLI

      I request all to read the book Despite the State by Sri. M Rajasekhar to understand the rot that has set in our vitals. Very illuminating and incisive narration.

      For a vigilant citizenry it is a must read material.

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  47. S Ramachandra

    We need to re look and modify the constitution as on today. Many amendments has to be brought in to match today’s independent and developing leadership India and changing scenario uplifting our heritage and culture.
    We citizens of India constituting 109 Cr should be together in this. Modi Govt has handles the pandemic excellently so far.
    Death Rate if you compare : 0.02% of population, where as it is 1.9% in USA. Which is better?
    18Cr of Indians are vaccinated, where as only 15Cr of Americans are vaccinated, who is better?
    Handling 132 Cr with internal enemies, opposition parties, anti nationals, migrated groups, terrorists, is not a JOKE. Where as what is America’s population, 33 Cr.
    Current Govt has done something great and still doing it…We support them. We do not ridicule them. And we are 109 Cr, still going up.

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  48. Salim Bohra

    Please remove the useless peoples who are corrupted money minded not worthy of anything please get out of power enough is enough you have to die at least keep your death dignified when you go up leave India and give chance to the new educated young generation to take over we are proud of our Motherland please don’t ruin India

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  49. Baskar

    Observed n seems fast wrong decisions always. Y this is happening in India. In common sense am asking last year 2020 slow increase trend of pandemic,decision was fast implementation of Nationwide Lockdown with long duration,we were not in a understanding about this new pandamic. After one year we know some basic fundamentals / properties of this pandamic but not implemented nationwide lockdown even we understand this 2nd wave is very speedy than 1st, keeping states to implement their own decisions seems thrown balls to other court. Mine suggestion – implement nationwide lockdown in severe manner releasing freebies to the citizens door step including vaccines for 30 to 45 days then observe n release. Anybody disobey keep them in jail n give slow treatment for a year. Decision is yours now but don’t blame publics again n again

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    1. Karn Grover

      Thanks for writing the genuine concerns to the current establishment and its leadership.
      Ideally, these should have been the arguements of the political opposition (if existed). Some non BJP MPs and MLAs continue to raise these questions but they are more inconsistent and not united.
      I am glad that such a group (like yours) exists and have strong opinions for the betterment of the country. May I request this group to write more and more of such articles in newspapers, digital media or take video sessions(maybe open a YouTube channel). This will give voice to the ideas and thoughts of millions of Indians who may not be civil servants but are aware and also the victims of weak governance over these last few years. Your voice may also help the country in raising the voice to save the federal structure and our institutions that have been downgraded remarkably by the current ruling establishment.

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  50. Dushyant Prajapati

    Why don’t a group of ex-administrators ( like this one) comes forward as an option before the Republic of Indians, amidst of their chaos while electing their representatives/policy makers?

    Atleast, to those who understand the fact that prevailing political dramas in the current scenario of politics is trivial and a party with motives which strengthens the soul of Indian constitution, is the need of hour.

    Kindly gratify the fellow countrymen once again, with your expertise in administration, the patriotism in your veins, integrity of your personality, selfless service which had once played a vital role in the sustenance of our society.

    The need of hour, asks you majesties, to grab the reins on legislation and get this system free of anarchy, corruption, political ambitions which the prevailing parties prioritize over the need of an subjugated majority of the society-the underpreviliged.

    A legislature under the expertise of administration would not only justify with the infrastructural, security concerns of the nation, but would also empower its society, bestowed with ample of resources, to reach the zenith of trade and economy in the world.

    Furthermore a political group prioritized with development of nation rather than involving into the truce of political race for power, would also assist their present substitutes in good governance, and realizing the idea of Republic of India, as envisaged by the constitution makers and great dignitaries like S.C.Bose, Sardar Patel and others.

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  51. K K Goel

    Most of these are the officials minted money during their tenure and still they want some thing to do for his own shake not for the service to nation . See the properties of these guide you will find that they are the owners of Corors and Corors. If really they want they can easily create too many hospitals but don’t want to share from illegal money they have earned.
    They are the people who always criticizing govt whether it’s BJP or opposition.
    Program like Vista are must where from labour will get job. For India exp. on Vista program is negligible.
    My personal opinion the properties and source of income of these be checked by govt. Sufficient black money available to govt from these guys.

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  52. Your letter is like one telling Veda to a he buffalo. The present ruling party has their own agenda , can’t be shattered. PM has visited more than half of the countries in the world but could not bring a penny of investment even for his left & right hands A &A. Change of name of a stadium is just a beginning. Time is not far away, one day biggest statue is going to have the face mask of P M N M. Last but not the least, within 3 years the country will be the richest one, because only rich people will survive , poor will Starve to death and middle class will vanish because of non availability of medical treatment.

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  53. Kavita Prakash

    That’s an amazingly honest letter, in governing times like this. Kudos to your courage and much gratitude for your varied suggestions. I do hope the government takes stock of them and acts on some of the pointers, at least.

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  54. Amul Asthana

    I grew up with the world image if India as a starving, third world country with an inept corrupt and failed governance. In the last few decades, India emerged as a responsible thriving economy and world power.
    However, the state of the Country has somehow matched the 1960s image again in 2020-21.
    Complete arrogance, disregard for any kind of counsel and destruction of a working system of governance and the administration by the Modi Regime, has made India suffer extreme untold tragedy and made this great Country, once again, a beggar Nation in the eyes of the world.
    Irrespective of the dispensation, it is the IAS continues to run the country, and we are encouraged to see this ‘Letter’ to the PM. Considering the track record of the Modi regime, in terms of listening to advise (soft or hard), I do hope it makes at least a small dent if not a difference. I would be glad to pitch in, if you can enlist me.
    Thanks

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  55. Anil Kumar Dubey

    The honourable men have at last woken upto the dismal state of medical infrastructure in the country. They should also accept their share of blame, because it is during their time in service that govt hospitals became dirty and filthy. I remember as a child there was no nursing home in Kanpur. However, things turned turned for the worse due to poor supervision of these people. They continue to remain in comfort zone and are ill informed of the present situation. I would like to point out that MAREGA scheme, kissan samman nidhi, free vaccination at govt hospitals, free ration to the genuine poor is being done. However, experts are always going to forecast doom, yet it is upto the people to rise to the occassion. The common man will do it again as they have done in the past. There were lapses no doubt as during the first wave the holding of a big Jamat conference at Delhi, Kumbh at Haridwar and elections were no doubt not required. The so called steel frame is not even a bamboo one. The type of juniors they groomed are nothing but yes men hankering after plumb postings. The introduction of CM fund which enables a person to avail medical facilities upto Rs. 500,000/- is there. Aayushman card is also there. These schemes were nowhere to be heard during their time. Lastly, let these men enjoy their pension in the twilight years of their life and take their advice with a pinch of salt.

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  56. Sandeep

    Only this time once Modi govt is performing best as acknowledged by US Parliament yesterday now so called Prominant People have come forward with singanatouries and asking for to safe Indian constitution but where are these people when series of scams running under UPA govt..??🤔😀

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  57. Ashok gupta

    Even I am equally disappointed our employees in industry who are regularly paying toESI along with industry contribution are being denied free vaccination

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  58. आप सभी परामर्श दाताओं को नमस्कार आप दवारा अपने-2 क्षेत्रों में किये गये सामाजिक व इस विपति काल में असहाय लोगों और दुर्गम क्षेत्रों किये गये सहायता कार्यों का पूर्ण विवरण दे कर कॄतारथ करें
    पुरानी सोच को बदलें नई पीढी की सोच समाज को अच्छा बनाने व अछाई की है इस मुसीबत के समय में नई पीढ़ी कन्धे से कन्धा मिला कर पुण्य कार्य में जुटी हैं

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  59. Commander Surendra (Retd)

    Disgusting that our past Administrators find it fit to acuse the present dispensation for all the ills. How come they didn’t plan and upgrade while in service as also train their juniors to raise to the occasion and alliveate the country of all the misiries. It’s easy to blame others in hindsight.
    On the contrary, look at our Armed Forces, they continue to render yeoman service to the Nation in each and every adverse condition irrespective of who is governing country without blaming anyone. How is that possible…they also come from the same citizenry. I hope these ” TIRED” Babus remain in the comfort zone of their retired life and refrain from making absurd comments.
    I am proud to have been a part of the Armed Forces and feel happy to see my brothern serving the Nation with utmost devotion. JAI HIND

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    1. Dr. Binoy Shanker Prasad

      I commend your courage to comment on a privileged section of our citizenry who have allowed themselves to be the shield for the leaders of the opposition political parties. They are trying to take partisan political advantage of the adversity India currently is in.
      These Babus who enjoyed fruits of the plum positions until recently should have given a call of unity behind the federal leadership in place and fight the tragedy as one nation.
      Instead, they are trying to be in the good books of the forces who have no sympathy for the country.

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      1. Commander Surendra (Retd)

        I am glad that there’s a large section of our countrymen who understand the underbelly of these selfish group. I am confident that we will defeat the current pandemic and these divisive forces in due course. Like in any war, there will be casualties which we need to accept with humidity and provide succour to those affected.

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    2. A.Kumar

      May be for the actionable points suggested, to also add following points (ref. Core points from certain media circulation views) and they will stop all ills of India and stop all such representations to govt and the petitioners can also be very happy…
      1) Remove GST (“Gabbar Sing Tax”) so that people and states can earn and impose taxes as they like.
      2) Scrap Farmers’ law forthwith.
      3) Hand over total management of PM cares
      fund to Congress chief.
      4) No one should ask how much donations Rajiv
      Gandhi foundation has done for current
      Pandemic causes.
      5) Stop Central Vista project and hand over
      total allocation to congress chief. Declare it was done to match the wishes of Congress demands.
      6) Buy immediately all vaccine requirements
      from China.
      7) Immediately hand over Premiership of the country to Rahul as an interim PM.

      All the points raised will be automatically addressed if the above stated actions are taken by the current dispensation.

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  60. Raaj

    This is pure arrogance on part by the retired folk of IAS, IPS et all. The below line itself if you read loudly can give you the taste of the arrogance. “you, Mr Prime Minister” is the key word here.

    ****** While the holding of elections to the legislative assemblies of four states and one union territory may have been unavoidable, you, Mr. Prime Minister ******

    I first checked the names and found the name of Shivshankar Menon, Jawahar Sircar’s as signatories… so i just did NOT read the letter at all. This is purely political letter at the behest of the oldest party it seems. First Manmohan, then Sonia, Raga and now this. The entire exercise is well coordinated. Western Media, NGO, Opposition parties, Former PM and now this.

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    1. Dr. Binoy Shanker Prasad

      Well detected. I agree with you. This is a bunch of opportunists who had their day and expect something more if the regime changes. If they could realize the bureaucrats are the worst impediments in the way to progress of any kind for the past 70+ years.
      General public have the worst regard for them.

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  61. It is easy to point fingers. Controlling COVID was difficult even for US government, before the arrival of vaccines. It is impossible for any government in India, given the local complexities and the limited resources. It is a natural calamity.

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    1. Dr. Binoy Shanker Prasad

      I agree with you. We must wish the Govt to be on top of the problem the way the USA did and the citizens must cooperate. These Babus of the present and the past are the worst impediments, sadly.

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  62. Rajesh

    Will this Retd. lPS and IAS declare there wealth, when the joined what was their worth and when they retired how much was their worth.

    What major changes did they bring, holding such big posts.

    Kindly reply, which will be appreciated by Indian citizens.

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    1. Dr. Binoy Shanker Prasad

      I agree with you. They are the parasites on the tax-payers’ money. People in general have scant regard for them..

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