Lakshadweep to Shillong
The Parliamentary committee tour are one of the system created in the Parliamentary democracy . The people’s representative is elected by the people of one part of India in a State or union territory but never had the opportunity to learn the real Indian components of diversity and it’s unity . In between Parliament session various Department related Parliamentary committees,and other Parliament committees are conducting study tours to different parts of the country. During the tour the Chairman and members of the committees are getting hands on / first hand information of working of various departments and agencies in collecting datas and implementing Government programmes. When the Members of committee interact with the officials who are making demands and proposals to the Government and Parliament, are getting opportunity to impress the Members of Parliament representing different regions,languages, religion and ethnic group . This gives the excellence in understanding real India. Moreover the Members are exposed to different speed and energy of the regions in implementing the policies and delivering the variety of goods, services from various production centres and research organisation.
Lakshadweep 420 nautical miles away from Kochi having group of islands numbering 36 but human habitation is confined in 9 islands of same Muslim religious group and one having the similarity of neighbouring Island Maldives..
Islanders are having the native language but in Malayalam script and more so Malabar in Kerala coastal custom of Marumakka Thayam , the female had the exclusive right to property and hence husband has to live in wife’s parental house and enjoy the property. The island of Kavaratti is the capital Town Island with over 10,000 population and biggest population in the Union territory of Lakshadweep . The administration is fully controlled by the Ministry of Home Affairs and the budget allocation in Union Budget. The pooled allocation are distributed to various departments of Union Territorial Administration . Even though a Member of Parliament is elected by the people of UT he has no role to play in Administration . Similarly Zilla Panchayat and the third layer of governance is also enjoying no power in the Panchayat Raj system. The imaginations and novelty of IAS officers are reflected in every aspect. Some people make adverse remark that they live in colonial way of governance which was reflecting ” Officers know what is the Peoples need rather than what people want”.
Territorial Administrator, The Lakshadweep Development Authority and District collector are all occupied by various level senior officers from IAS cadre. Since all the food materials, fuel and all basic amenities are brought from mainland and preserved for 6 months during monsoon the subsidy in the government aids eats away the aids. The power supply is by diesel generators supported by 25% solar power is another better management area to go for one time investment rather than incurring recurring expenditure . The slowness in solar energy is no availability of space for establishing the solar plant. But the administration can apply German model of making ‘ every consumer to become producer’ by every roof of the house to have the solar panel and the produced electricity be channeled to Lakshadweep Island Electricity grid.
Lakshadweep. To Meghalya
I happened to complete the meeting of house committee and fly to North east of india to join in Parliamentary Standing committee of Commerce in Shillong ,Meghalaya .Flying to the western boundary of India to North Eastern boundary ( Bangladesh) gave me proudness of wast diversified wealth , geographical opportunity with rich human resources supplemented by natural resources. It is the slogan unity in diversity is very much applicable in Indian kaleidoscopic mosaic.Mizoram is having the combination do two major tribal population. The entire Meghalaya – forest- land- mineral- all natural wealth is owned by tribes . The state or central government have to resort land acquisition for any land or natural wealth for the usage of public purposes. The tribes are following matriarchal system of inheritance. The tribal Heads and ‘dharbhar’ (elected representatives in tribal system of governance) are the decision makers. Rich Hydro power availability is to be much more utilised and administered to avoid power cut in the early hours of cold nights from 2AM to 5AM being supplemented by coal rites ,a new experience for South Indians.The Andhra contractors are laying 570 crore National Highways 44 from Guwhathi to Shillong . This revolution of communication coupled with 3G in Telecommunication will bring the magnificent change in the life of North East states. The rich coal and lime deposit in private tribal citizens has made the establishment of cement factories. Every second heavy trucks are flying in both sides in distributing wealth of the state. Natural scenes are attracting the rush of tourists.Young JNU graduated girls are in Tourism development of the state.
Here too the IAS has its imagination and innovation of expanding Tea and Coffee plantation bringing the tribal youths into mainstream by huge central government subsidy schemes. Judicial system is in in the hands of Tribes and IAS. The third pillar of Parliamentary democracy – the Judiciary yet to evolve by bringing tribal law in the route of Judge made law and statutory law.