Saturday, December 06, 2014

An evening at secratariat

I did visit the Secratariat this evening. I needed to rush because I came around 3.30PM to home. Needed to take print outs of the letter copy and then rush, I think I reached the secratariat gate around 4.20PM. I saw only AP Secratariat, I asked the police there where can I find Telangana Secrariat, I was told to go straight and take left. I parked my 2 wheeler there and then rushed to the direction. I needed to walk around 5 minutes or more to reach the gate and then I am asked to show gate pass. I told, I do not have one but I came to submit a letter to CM. I was asked to go back to the place I came from (first gate) and take the gate pass at reception. I said I saw lot of police but no reception, but was told that reception is there only and it is common for both the secratariats.

I went back to the place cursing myself for being greedy(in finding parking place) and parking my vehicle at the first gate (AP gate) and walked back to the gate, I know the visiting hours are only 3 to 5 and already I am late. I was almost running back to the gate and then, yes I found a small entrance and asked whether this is something called "reception", answer was affirmative (nothing is written anywhere, no identification or notice). Needed to fill a form and then they let me go to Block B 5th floor through a small door. Lucky me, I didn't have to go back to the TG gate. I asked few people for the block B. I was advised to go left, take right and so on. first building was H block. I needed to seek more help. saw other blocks but not the B. so needed to take more round about and then finally after few enquires made to block B. I am so lucky. tired running around so was looking for lift to reach 5th floor. I asked a person, he told me to go to block A, If i want to use lift. I was not so sure if that is right direction for lift, so used the stair case (actually I was told to go to 4th floor at reception but I knew I need to go to 5th floor as made few phone enquiries yesterday).

Well, finally made it to 5th floor. I see typical govt office of 1980s or so where people are carrying lot of physical files and papers and lot of red tape everywhere. Applied common sense that I need to see Asst. Secratary to CM, so found that place on the right side. so went in. told that I have a problem and need to give letter to CM, I was told to explain what is the matter. I explained that my mother faced problems at mandal office and I needed a resolution. He took the letter tried reading the letter for few seconds. Not sure if he got entire thing but he understood that I have problem and he signed and stamped on the letter. Lucky me again I didnt have to pay the Rs 10/- bribe for the stamp/seal at the CM office.

I asked where can I submit an RTI letter, and question was for what?, I said I am giving this letter so not sure if it will be addressed or not so I want to raise an RTI for the status of the same. He told me to behave to get correct information (my tone was bit high since was running around), I have told my apologies and asked for the information, he was bit sarcastic about the letter and said the letters will be addressed and I can call him for status after 10 days at 2345 4579 (Hyderabad number).

and I was told to go little further to another place where they can take RTI requests. I went in. Couple of middle aged people asked me to sit and relax and then asked me what is the problem.I explained about my mother being asked for Rs. 10/- for farm loan waiver process etc and I want to have information on what is government and how the various departments and offices work, roles responsibilities SLAs etc. I was told that I should be asking individual departments if really serious about information. They suggested me to visit Agriculture and Cooperation department with RTI and they told me that it is in Block D and 1st floor. we have exchanged pleasantries and they also agree that system is bad and we had nice chat on few things.

Now next thing is to go to Block D, I came down walking and asked for guidance again, good thing is that it is close by (few blocks away still). I was walking, I see many people ( I think they are called attenders) carrying the red tape files here and there. I thought CBN introduced E Services ,  but it looks like  not applicable for the Telangana govt.  I got serious doubts about how Mr. KCR can convert  Karimnagar or hyderabad to London when we do not have basic stuff working at his own office in proper way. Unfortunate.



Ok, then I found  block D, saw small crowd around and found one person whom I can relate through news papers etc. Mr. E. Rajender, Minister, is done for the day and leaving for home. I liked his dress, it looks so fresh as if he wore it just then. very very interesting. Mr. leaving before 5PM. Lucky govt ministers and employees. Most of the time, I work till 8 or 9PM at office and after coming back home I still attend client calls because I am responsible for the client projects.

Ok, almost close,found my way to 1st floor and agriculture department, I was suggested to go little further for tapal section, I couldn't identify the right location so asked a little old gentleman for advice. I told him what I was looking for. I changed my RTI request content a bit and now just interested with the agriculture department and how their departments, sections, offices etc work and responsibilities. He told me to visit the H.O.D whose office is near LB stadium, then I told my problem, I want to understand how government works and how a common man get understand it.

My pain point is simple, I live here right in hyderabad and I face so many types of issues, I may not get water on particular day or there is a power problem, there could be  a drainage problem or someone might have dug up the road creating problem or I might just have an accident and need to deal with govt. How do I know the system well?

He told me that secratariat is only for policy making and we got departments that are implementation/execution agencies and each dept has one Principle secratary etc. At times one principle secratary may be representing multiple departments belonging to differnt ministries so it becomes interesting that one person is responsible for multiple ministers. It is at the convenience of the government.

I was chatting with him further. If information is so difficult to understand and extract, how will a common man understands, he suggested me to write all suggestions to concerned departments and then follow it up. I had doubts. what if I start doing that and then suddently the govt changes? he supported me that some one brought an idea of having single identity and link with everything in the country (aadhar) and then someone now says that is useless. I said, exactly same thing if I want to do it through government. What if I join a team and then extract this information and build a website?

He agreed it will be good idea and I can do that. well, with thanking him, I started back home. I needed to ask few more directions for EXIT.

Wish they have arranged a proper notice and also proper directions for various blocks etc. The secratariat is not for common people, they made it so complex that no one can find right person or department.

The people I met are same like me, They are from earth and look same like me and not my enemies. They sympathize with everything that I talked about and looks like it needs lot of learning/training to all the people around to make real good policies and implement them. everyone including KCR and his family ministers and others and the employees need training on how to approach problem and solve etc.

Most importantly they need proper sign boards and remove those stupid barricades that increase the distance between buildings.

I might need to visit this office few more times to really understand more.

Complaint to Chief Minister



Thursday, December 04, 2014

Complaint to the Chief Minister

Dear Chief Minister,


I am writing this with great pain, My mother who is more than 65 years and is illiterate is made to make rounds to various government offices. Not just once but many times. My parents worked hard for me, though they were never aware of what I am studying or what my future would be, they gave their entire life for me. It is my responsibility to keep them happy, but unfortunately my father expired while working hard as a farmer. He never made crores with farming but he made loans because he was hard working farmer and never cheated anyone.  As a son it is really shocking. At least I wanted to keep my mother happy. She loves to stay in the village and not in the city, so she lives in Bhallanpally, Tadoor mandal, Mahbubnagar district. Her name is Laxmamma.

Please see  my mother's some of the sufferings as   a youtube video at this URL. http://goo.gl/S6dEox

It is a big shock for me to see my mother making rounds to Mandal Office and then people are trying to suck money from her. Even a simple revenue seal (stamp) they are demanding 10 rupees, she had  3 forms and then she is forced to pay Rs 30.  When she wanted to transfer my father's LPG connection that guy asked her for Rs 200.

I see really a shameless administration who are sucking money from poor people with petty bribes. People are used to pay the bribes Mr. Chief Minister, but why should my mother suffer? what mistake she has done? to vote you to power?

I beg you Mr. Chief Minister, to let her live her life and do not make more pains to her.  Please advice your administration to stop the bribes at once and then simplify rules, what on earth makes you force old people stand in queues for pension or some other scheme at mandal offices etc, It is so scary to see so many news items where people died of sun stroke or heart attack while trying to get some govt benefit. I am not so sure Mr. Chief Minister why they need to be forced to die because of govt schemes. Who should be made responsible for this inhuman crime? Shouldn't be the government and the people running the government?

I am an ordinary person Mr. Chief Minister and do not want anything to happen to my mother like it happened for lot of people in the news. I want my mother to be safe and  for other mothers and fathers who are also having similar sufferings, I beg you Mr. Chief Minister, please STOP the BRIBES at once.

Mr. Chief Minister, I have 2 demands.

1. Visit Bhallanpally and convey your apologies for not being able to deliver a proper system and pay Rs 30 that my mother paid as bribe to the attender at the mandal office.
2. And for the benefit of all mothers and fathers of that age range, for GOD shake, please abolish all petty bribes.

I am a common man Mr. Chief Minister, My life is busy to take care of my small family, I really don't about the politics or politicians and what ever big money they eat. My humble request is please let the people have their right to live and please do the needed changes to stop the corruption that impacts small people. Every rupee that is hard earned is very important to me and people like me, we are toiling day and night to make sure the family gets food 3 times a day. Believe me, it is not a simple thing.

As the head of the state you are responsible for the bad administration, you don't need to just throw money Mr. chief minister and remember it is not your money but public money, make the system work properly. Make the employees work for what they are paid for and stop them being worst than beggers for taking inhumanly bribes from old people like my mother.

Mr. Chief Minister, if the demands are not met and if something happens to my mother or family because of the stupid govt policies or lousy govt administration, you and your family (the family members running the govt and not others) and all the ministers will be directly responsible for it and I am also writing to other departments and human rights organizations  so that they are aware of the facts and take notice of my complaint.


Thanks
Harinath Mallepally
Hyderabad

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Stop petty bribes and simplify process

Hi,
sent to in email to the following people (collector_mbnr, registrar.apsc, jc_mbnr all mail ids (ending with @ap.gov.in as per websites) and also to cm@telangana.gov.in)


I am shocked to see how my mother is treated by various government authorities. It is really pathetic to see inhuman treatment at offices towards civilians.



Here with I register my complaint.
1. Gas agency person trying to ask 200 rupees as bribe/favour. My mother bluntly refused to pay.
2. MRO office, for every stamp they put on request letters, they charge Rs 10/- and it is prevalent since ages and people are not bothered about that so much, rather they want to have their work done instead of making multiple rounds.
3. Complex stupid process that every person have to travel to Mandal office, not just mandal office, but the village patwari, sarpanch, bank and mandal office. Doesn't it sound too complex? most often every person demands bribe.
4. Lazy and easy money, what on earth prompts for government to release drought funds after many years? it doesn't sound any logical at all and people(may not be everyone) giving it back to government by spending that money on liquor shops.
Don't you think, we need to simplify life and get rid of the beaurocracy? probably install a small comput\er center with xerox in every village and take all requests there and make sure you are not doing any TYPOs. It really pains to see the result of the mistakes. Why do you think my mother has to beg people to certify/sign just because some stupid data entry operator typed "Tirupathi reddy" instead of "Tirumal Reddy" as my grand father's name?
Please get the basics correct. I remember how bank people tried to cheat my father for around 30k when he submitted his hard earned money(he submitted around 1L or so and then cashier said he gave only 70k, my father was heart broken), then it needed me to send UNHAPPY SMS to SBI and then bank people found my father in the fields and gave the money and also conveyed apology...
But how do I know how many other fathers and mothers are facing the same problem?
I am very sure, there is a great progress in the system, but there is a strong reason why we should invent a better, smoother and even more transparent system that is well understood by even KG students and still fool proof.
Could you please fix this please? and first thing first, stop the petty bribes first!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Dear Chief Minister

Dear Chief Minister,

I have been thinking of writing this, and finally could grab some time for it.  This letter, Mr. Chief Minister is from an ordinary person who has feelings for what is happening around.

When the Telangana movement is at peak and people where immolating themselves, I always was searching for you and you were doing farming(some say resting)  When people were busy with their life, you used to enter mainstream and pull them for Telangana movement. I am not so sure if you were really interested to have Telangana state if not for the students and employees stir that clubbed with Sonia's calculations on numbers for Rahul to be PM and congress situation in the state before last general elections. I know you got great oratory skills and you have lot of knowledge on history. You remember everything chief minster, if we have to go buy your own words there could have been tens of Telanganas (for every commitment you made that Telangana will be reality in a month or few months or so). I am not sure if you used to make those statements straight from your heart or that was just a political gimmick to keep the moment going on.

Being a rebel, calling for bandhs is a different ball game and being on the other side in power and then controlling this is a different ball game. I hope you understand this more as now you are experiencing it.

You know how much your bad mouthing hurts people, how many times did Chandra babu utter your name and used filthy language?  I am not so sure why you are so much afraid of chandra babu and talk about him all filthy. I am not sure Mr. Chief Minister, if someone says me "Sannasi",I won't keep quiet, rather I would slap him on his face left and right. Why do you need to do all that and give visibility for CBN more?

CBN is busy with his own job, I was surprised when there were some early reports that said 3 people died in andhra because of hudhud and 2 people in hyderabad because the welcome banner stand for Mayers meeting, erected by GHMC fell down because of winds.  I am not sure if there is really focused effort for development.

I never understood what you really have to do with CBN, don't you have any work to do other than keep blaming TDP and CBN every day? don't you see who ruined the state? You were part of CBN team Mr. Chief Minister and you know the history, Hyderabad has been a city but who made the IT presence into Hyderabad? looks like you don't want to remember anything that doesn't fit your party, I think there is nothing wrong in accepting facts.

The numbers talk by all political guys look really dumb. I wonder when some politician talks about comparison about the numbers when CBN was ruling the state and current budget or allocations.  are you guys dumb about inflation etc? earning 10k was a big salary when CBN was in power, earning 1 Lakh is not rare thing now a days. earning levels of people and also inflation also need to be considered when someone is doing comparison.

As a common man, Mr. Chief Minster, I strongly believe taking credit for someone's efforts is bad, did you build HITECH city or did you build airport? did you plan for outer ring road for Hyderabad or did you expand the city roads? have you done anything of that sort Mr. chief minster? Don't you see the no. of years of floods or drought when CBN was in power? Please if you can learn from him learn or just discard him.

Does a common man need YADAGIRI to be another Vatican or Tirupathi or 100 floor towers around stinky Hussain sagar or a mini tank bank for every mandal or Karimnagar to be London. It looks like either you are still to start understanding the governance or you just want to keep people discuss about you either good or bad.

It pains me to see every small rain kills so many people in Hyderabad, any leader worth the carbon atoms in his body should understand the problems and solve them. Try once Mr. Chief Minster  to travel with me in hyderabad, I will take you to places that you hate to see the bad infrastructure.  Stop blabbering something every now and then, rather work on real things, show something you on your own are achieving. If you have guts,develop Mahubub nagar or Nalgonda or Adilabad on par with Hyderabad. Can you dare for this challenge? Let us call this as Hyderabad Challenge, build another city (minus slums or bad roads) on par with Hyderabd, try it out.  I am damn sure you will not agree, if you agree, I am sure you will fail your word like always you do.


Dear Chief Minister,
Did you read the budget copy this year after delayed months?  even KG students will question basics, I am not sure how you will get the money and get things done when all metrics about taxes in Telangana are showing down trend, are you trying to play another YSR by selling lands or so?  Have you not seen what Mr. Jagan is going through right now? Power is not permanent Mr. Chief Minster, people are really smart and they make right decisions always and if you continue to be talking crazy things and doing nothing, I do not need to say anything Mr. Chief Minster, people will decide. Believe me money alone will not help continue power.



God has given you great skills Mr. Chief Minister, you got brain that works, you got power that  you can use to make real development. Believe me learning is great thing, Learn to be humble, when our time is up Mr. Chief Minister,I have not heard anything magical, all great leaders, great kings and common people at the end die and we do not carry anything with us, so at the end of the day Mr. Chief Minister, we are all humans irrespective of power, so my request is be humble, think, listen to people, stop bad mouthing, once you learn, please train the ministers.

Dear Chief Minister, please be a man of actions, you are a man of masses and man of bad mouthing right now. Please Mister Chief Minister, grow to "Man of Actions".

Thanks
An ordinary man

Monday, December 30, 2013

An year of mixed feelings

2013 seemed like a fast paced one.I never thought I will go to Delhi/Gurgaon but 2012 made that magic and 2013 has taken that fun out of life. Sudden demise of my father was a biggest shock for me. Family suffered because of my absence in Hyderabad and I needed to come back.  Had lot of time to kill as I was away from home most part of the year and I was able to use it for upgrading my web development skills and setting up base for my entrepreneurial skills. I had good run for careerscale with yourpost assignment in october-dec 2013 period and some trainings occassionally with intone and wiziq as clients.

TMAD continued to be a key area of interest for me (and it will remain), major achievement was to get the mahima orphan home construction work done (honestly, laxman should deserve most of the credit from Ivy comptech for his tireless dedicated effort for completing the INR 16L shed for mahima at vikarabad) was a major achievement and also couple of education cases (one MBBS student from bhimavaram etc).

Days I can't forget are feb 5th when I lost my father and sept 25th where I had funny trip to delhi (walked a km to main road, took a bus then a cab and then a bike ride to airport in hyderabad and then the discussion of Alex at office). Couldn't sustain stupid politics of Mr. A but the positive side was that I got freedom and time back with my family.

Family wise, got some pending stuff done in this year, like getting the wood work done at home in hyderabad and buying a car (yes, finally I bought a I10 sportz). Also family trip to Delhi,Agra and Jaipur was memorable one. My family experienced the flight back and forth to Delhi and kids enjoyed the T3 terminal of Delhi airport.

Going ahead, need to make sure I have required skills and business for careerscale going forward and once I am ready, I will move to full time with careerscale.

Primary goal for next year is to be a better human being (better father, husband and son) and practice more patience (the most difficult thing for me) and continue working on the efforts in self learning and entrepreneurial efforts.


Friday, September 13, 2013

Irony within

I am not sure what is getting attention of the nation is what it should be.  Delhi rape case that got so much attention is bit surprising for me. How many such instance are getting reported by media say from villages and towns? If the Delhi rape happened in some remote village would it have been in the lime light?


What we conveniently neglect is  the domestic violence about men and woman and the problems with brought up of our generations. We only focus some thing grave to happen and react. I know few friends who  have serious complaints against their mother - in laws who never let them eat properly even when during pregnancy. I think many of our problems are not gender against gender. How I have been brought up and How I am going to bring up my kids and how I deal with every other person in the society also makes a lot of difference to the society. Media is so tempting with publicity that instead of stopping violence, people may be forced to commit crime to get the media attention and publicity.

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Missing Radio

Radio, an integral part of my childhood world, is surprisingly missing. The BBC, Voice Of America, The deutsche Radio etc and their India centric programs used to attract me. Radio was a great tool to research, change frequencies and try to discover new channels and their program schedule etc. German radio used to send me their quarterly program schedule through post and it was a great thing for me.

Also Srilanka radio and then lot of christian channels etc. Particularly the christian channel speakers are really good, they were convincing enough to come back to the channel again.

Thursday night and sunday 3PM plays on radio were always used to be great.

Feeling missing the Radio (watching Rajanna(Telugu) movie at present)