Saturday, July 20, 2024

Kishore Poreddy Column :KCR’s Telangana Model-Minimum governance, maximum politics!

Must read

There is no denying that Bharat Rashtra Samithi supremo and Telangana Chief Minister Kalvakuntla Chandrasekhar Rao has evolved a unique and path-breaking governance model – the Telangana Model. While traditional governance models stress maximum governance, KCR’s unique Telangana Model emphasises minimal governance coupled with maximum politics.

In this model, the Chief Minister abjures from coming to the Secretariat for years together and restricts himself to his farmhouse or official residence – the Pragathi Bhavan – guarded like a fortress to keep the masses from reaching out to him. Not just ‘subjects’, even his cabinet colleagues are seldom ‘granted’ the privilege of meeting the Chief Minister.

Every government institution and department has fallen into disrepair over the past eight years due to this ‘minimum governance’ model. For example, the recent spate of student protests demanding inter alia teaching staff, toilets, and insect-free food at government schools mirrors this institutional disrepair in the education department.

The only exceptions to the minimal governance model are the state’s ‘revenue generation’ departments. These include departments like the excise, commercial taxes, land revenue and even traffic enforcement, which chase higher and higher targets every year to maximise revenues from liquor, land registration, petrol and diesel, fines from traffic violations and the like. As a result, Telangana is today the second highest taxing state in the country compared to their GDPs.

This relentless focus on maximising cash flows is not limited to tax revenues. It extends to raising as much debt as possible from wherever possible and pushing the state into a debt trap in which further loans are necessary to service the existing debt or pay for essential services.

Curiously, this state of affairs is nothing to be ashamed of in the ‘Telangana Model’ of governance. On the contrary, it is an opportunity to pull out the victim card and play politics by blaming the Center for not allowing the state to borrow more, as the state’s Finance Minister Harish Rao recently did. 

Even the ‘Telangana Model’ of welfare is unique in its own right. While the accepted model of welfare – globally – stresses benefiting the poorest of the poor most, in the ‘Telangana Model’, it is the other way around. While the poorest of the poor have to feed on empty promises, those that already are relatively advantaged benefit from the government’s ‘welfare’ schemes.

The government’s free double-bedroom housing scheme is a classic example. After abjectly failing to deliver on the promise, the government changed it to providing financial assistance to those who already own a plot, leaving the poorest who do not own any land in the lurch. Likewise, while the Rythu Bandhu scheme helps the land owners with input subsidies, and that too without a cap, it leaves out the landless tenant farmers – the weakest of the lot!

Promises that could have created assets for the most disadvantaged sections of society if implemented, like the three acres of land for landless Dalits and Podu land for tribals, are entirely ignored. Even the design of Sheep Distribution and Dalit Bandhu schemes ensures that the beneficiaries are politically influential, not the most deserving, i.e. the poorest of the poor in those sections.

Turning citizens from entitled right holders to beneficiaries of rulers’ grace is the most dehumanising feature of the Telangana Model. One scan of Minister and CM’s son, KT Rama Rao’s Twitter handle is enough to understand this.While under previous governments, the poor claimed medical and educational fee reimbursements as their right, in the ‘Telangana Model’ citizens have to plead with the CM’s son on a case-by-case basis and be grateful for any kindness the Minister shows.

Landowners have a right to their ownership records correctly recorded by the government. But under the ‘Telangana Model’ owners must also gain the grace of the local MLA – mostly BRS MLA given the Assembly composition – who is officially involved in the grievance redressal mechanism of Dharani portal. In the ‘Telangana Model’, the term ‘Janata Janardhan’ is just a cruel joke.

While governance is given a go-by in the ‘Telangana Model’, politics occupies the pride of place. Eliminating all political opposition by luring opposition party MLAs, subverting the anti-defection law and making opposition party MLAs cabinet ministers, convening the Assembly for the shortest period possible, banning opposition MLAs from the Assembly, banning Dharna Chowk, denying permissions for opposition parties’ yatras, threatening youth who dare to take on the government on Social Media platforms with police cases and constantly enacting political dramas to divert people from governance issues and to blame the opposition is where the rulers spend most of their time in the ‘Telangana Model’.

It is time we throw out the KCR’s ‘Telangana Model’ of ‘minimum governance and maximum politics’ and confine it to the dustbin of history, where it belongs.

(The author is BJP TS spokesperson)

- Advertisement -spot_img

More articles

34 COMMENTS

  1. I have been exploring for a bit for any high quality articles or blog posts in this kind of house
    . Exploring in Yahoo I eventually stumbled upon this website.
    Studying this information So i’m happy to show that I have an incredibly good uncanny feeling I discovered exactly what I needed.
    I so much definitely will make certain to don?t disregard this website
    and provides it a glance on a relentless basis.

  2. Hey there! Would you mind if I share your blog with my
    facebook group? There’s a lot of people that I
    think would really enjoy your content. Please let me know.
    Cheers

  3. My developer is trying to convince me to move to .net from PHP.

    I have always disliked the idea because of the expenses.
    But he’s tryiong none the less. I’ve been using Movable-type on several
    websites for about a year and am anxious about switching to another platform.

    I have heard good things about blogengine.net.
    Is there a way I can transfer all my wordpress
    content into it? Any kind of help would be really appreciated!

  4. … [Trackback]

    […] Find More here on that Topic: pynr.in/kishore-poreddy-column-kcrs-telangana-model-minimum-governance-maximum-politics/ […]

  5. I am not sure where you’re getting your information, but great topic.
    I needs to spend some time learning more or understanding more.
    Thanks for great info I was looking for this information for my mission.

  6. Hey, I think your blog might be having browser compatibility issues.
    When I look at your website in Safari, it looks fine but when opening
    in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping. I just wanted to
    give you a quick heads up! Other then that, wonderful blog!

  7. Oh my goodness! Incredible article dude! Thanks, However I am experiencing issues with your
    RSS. I don’t understand why I cannot subscribe to it.
    Is there anybody getting identical RSS problems?
    Anyone who knows the answer will you kindly respond?
    Thanx!!

  8. This is the right web site for everyone who hopes to understand this topic.
    You realize so much its almost tough to argue with you (not that
    I actually will need to…HaHa). You definitely put a new spin on a topic that has
    been discussed for years. Great stuff, just excellent!

  9. Hi there! I know this is kinda off topic but I was wondering which blog
    platform are you using for this site? I’m getting
    tired of WordPress because I’ve had issues
    with hackers and I’m looking at alternatives for another platform.
    I would be fantastic if you could point me in the direction of a good platform.

  10. I savor, result in I found just what I was looking for.

    You have ended my four day long hunt! God Bless you man. Have a nice day.
    Bye

  11. My brother recommended I would possibly
    like this website. He used to be entirely right.
    This put up actually made my day. You can not imagine simply how so much time I had spent for this information! Thank you!

  12. Right here is the perfect blog for anybody who wishes to understand this topic.
    You know a whole lot its almost tough to argue with
    you (not that I personally would want to…HaHa).
    You definitely put a new spin on a subject that has been written about for decades.

    Excellent stuff, just excellent!

  13. I needed to thank you for this very good read!! I definitely loved every bit of it.

    I’ve got you bookmarked to check out new things you
    post…

  14. Fantastic goods from you, man. I have understand your stuff previous to and you’re just
    too wonderful. I really like what you’ve acquired here, really like what you are saying and the way in which you say it.
    You make it enjoyable and you still take care of to
    keep it sensible. I can not wait to read far more from you.
    This is actually a tremendous site.

  15. Thank you a lot for sharing this with all of us you actually understand what you’re speaking
    approximately! Bookmarked. Please additionally seek advice from my web site =).
    We will have a hyperlink trade agreement between us

  16. Do you mind if I quote a few of your posts as
    long as I provide credit and sources back to your site? My blog site is in the very same area of interest as yours and my users would really benefit from
    some of the information you present here. Please let me
    know if this okay with you. Cheers!

  17. It is in reality a great and helpful piece of info.
    I’m happy that you shared this helpful information with us.

    Please stay us up to date like this. Thanks for sharing.

  18. I think that everything published was very logical.
    But, what about this? suppose you typed a catchier title?
    I ain’t suggesting your content is not solid, however suppose you added something that grabbed folk’s attention?
    I mean Kishore Poreddy Column :KCR’s Telangana Model-Minimum governance, maximum politics!
    – The Pioneer is a little plain. You might look at Yahoo’s front page and note
    how they create news headlines to grab viewers to click. You
    might add a video or a related pic or two to grab readers excited about everything’ve got to say.
    Just my opinion, it could make your posts a little livelier.

  19. Undeniably believe that which you said. Your favorite justification appeared to be on the
    internet the simplest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I certainly
    get annoyed while people consider worries that they plainly don’t know about.
    You managed to hit the nail upon the top and also defined out the whole thing without having side-effects , people could
    take a signal. Will likely be back to get more.
    Thanks

  20. Its like you read my thoughts! You appear to know so much
    about this, such as you wrote the guide in it or something.
    I believe that you just can do with a few % to force the message home a little bit, but instead of that, this is magnificent blog.

    A great read. I’ll certainly be back.

  21. You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this topic to be actually
    something that I think I would never understand. It seems too complex and very broad for me.
    I am looking forward for your next post, I will try to get
    the hang of it!

  22. I know this web page presents quality based articles and
    extra information, is there any other web page which provides such things in quality?

  23. Aw, this was a really good post. Finding the time and actual
    effort to create a top notch article… but what can I say… I put things off a
    whole lot and don’t manage to get nearly anything done.

  24. Actually no matter if someone doesn’t understand then its
    up to other users that they will assist, so here it occurs.

  25. I’m not sure where you’re getting your information, but
    great topic. I needs to spend some time learning more or
    understanding more. Thanks for excellent information I was looking for this info for
    my mission.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -spot_img

Latest article