Monday, August 20, 2012

25 Crores for a Terrorist : Why not 35 Lakhs for Indians??

25 Crores for a Terrorist : Why not 35 lakhs for Indians ??

Special Trains from Bangalore to Guwahati via Kolkata for Northeast Citizens of India

On 17th August 2012 we came to know that 3 Special Trains from Banglore have left for Guwahati & were expected to reach Howrah Station while on route to Guwahati.

We, a group of about 25-30 Common Citizens of Kolkata decided to provide relief in terms of food articles to the heavily crowded passengers in the trains. On the after noon of the 17th August we submitted a request letter in the name of a N.G.O. with the railway authorities to grant us permission to provide the relief services at Howrah Station. Since every thing happened all of a sudden & time was very short, obviously the authorities may not have been in a position to grant permission in writing immediately. However after discussing the matter with several senior officers we were somehow told on the 18th August morning that although the authorities are not in a position to grant written permission to provide the relief, on humanitarian ground they have no objection, if we do the relief work. We highly appreciate & salute these authorities.  Immediately we sprung into action & bought fruits, breads & biscuits from the market. M/s Tewari Brothers was kind enough to sponsor some food packets. Although we missed the 1st train but, we were happy to have sufficient arrangement for the 2nd train. We were also immediately provided full support by LIONS CLUB OF HOWRAH in arranging One Doctor, 2 Nurses, enough Medicine & an Ambulance for any required Medical assistance in the trains.

As soon as the 2nd train arrived, we started distributing the food items. The condition of the passengers was miserable and wherein one bogie is supposed to carry hardly 72-80 passengers. We saw more than 350 to 400 people lying on each other in each bogie. The bathroom accommodated at least 3-4 passengers sitting inside. While distributing food, the passengers were crying for drinking water. We realized the need for drinking water in those suffocating bogies & immediately managed to buy maximum possible bottles of mineral water from the vendors on the platform & when the train left most of our volunteers had tears in their eyes with the passengers of the train shouting - BHARAT MATA KI JAY.

The next train was scheduled at 5 p.m. we tried to get hot food from Janata Meal at Howrah Station & wanted to order the same from the IRCTC outlet at Howrah Station itself. The IRCTC declined to provide any food packet on the plea that they provide food only to Rajdhani & Duranto. We were surprised & immediately ordered the food packets  under partial sponsorship from Bika Food Palace .We were also able to manage 2500 bottles of mineral water for the 3rd train around 6 p.m. The 3rd train arrived & the situation was as pathetic as the 2nd train. But what made us happy was that about 8 to 10 junior staff of the railway joined us in the relief services.

We were inform that there is another train at 6 a.m. in the morning to serve. We arranged the food packets at 5 a.m. in the morning along with fruits, breads, biscuits & mineral water for this train. We were again happy that the junior railway staff again joined us for the relief work. In the mean time a journalist came to us & informed that the students on the platform since the previous day are hungry & requested if we can help them with some food. We were lucky to get 180 Janata Meal packet & bought them & distributed them to the students. But today the railway authorities behaved in a different manner & scolded us for giving food & water to a few passengers who came down the train as they were very hungry & thirsty. They said that we should not have let them come out of the train. We replied that if those people are drastically hungry & thirsty, how could we stop them. These authorities told us to meet the senior authorities before doing any further relief work. We told them that if railway has any objection, we will immediately suspend our services & hand over all our stocks for the next 2 trains (expected to arrive at 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.) to the railway authorities & it would be kind of them if they could distribute the food & water in the next 2 trains. After about 30 minutes these people came to us & said that the railway has no objection if we continue our services. We kept on waiting & enquiring for the next 2 trains but were informed around 2:15 p.m. after enough persuasion that 1 train has been re-routed from as closed as Dankuni & the other has been re-routed from Asansol to go directly to Guwahati & are not coming to Howrah. We suspect a foul play in re-routing these trains after coming so close to Howrah & the authorities not providing any information to us for more than 3 hours in spite of knowing well that we were ready with the enough stocks for next 2 trains. The passengers of these two trains could not get any food of water wherein they have already traveled for more than 40 hours and had another 24 hours journey to go. We were remembering the situation of trains at the time of India-Pakistan division and thinking of the condition of the passengers in those trains.

We had no other option than to distribute some of these stocks of the re-routed trains in the special train arranged from Howrah to Guwahati at 3 p.m. & leave the Howrah Station with remaining stocks. It would have made us really happy if we could have served the last 2 trains also. We were disappointed and for the future except that the railway authorities will be more active & prudent & at least a place like Kolkata which gives the Railway Minister to the country should bother a little more about people passing through Howrah in such unpleasant situations which would make the people of  West Bengal more happy & proud.

What the Govt of India was expected to do when the situation was turning bad :

1. The local Karnataka ministers along with the Home Minister should have instantly reached the Bangalore station to talk to the people gathering at the station.

2. The govt should have brought in the local MP's and MLA's of Assam by air to Bangalore and made them talk to the people in their local language and assure them that they are very safe in Bangalore and these MP's and MLA's would stay with them for next two to three days.

3. The govt should have relocated these people to safe place to stay at Dharamshala's, Schools & Colleges, any closed indoor stadiums or any other temporary arrangements having adequate lavatories. Food could have been arranged at those locations with cooks being brought in and food been cooked there itself. The help of NGO's could have been taken. The MP's and MLA's who claim to be with the people in bad times could stay with them along with their bodyguards for 2-3 days.

4. The area should have been surrounded by enough military and police personnel to make sure that safety is not compromised and these people feel that they are safe.

5. Helplines could have been given where the relatives could get information and contact their loved ones.

6. Still, if some people want to go back, they could have been requested to take trains in 2-3 days as and when the government is able to arrange for extra trains.

7. The govt should have arranged for enough trains to transfer the desiring people and should have allowed limited number of passengers in those trains so that atleast the bogies are not suffocating.

8. The govt or the railways should have provided free food and drinking water to the passengers.


1. One person reportedly died in the first train which reached Howrah Station due to thirst and suffocation (as reported by the authorities verbally). His coffin was somehow forced into a passenger bogies on the heavily crowded gate. Why was it not put in a parcel van?

2. We could feel the heat and smell as soon as the trains were entering howrah station. The passengers were suffocating.

3. Water was the most essential requirement. One can survive without food for two to three days but cannot survive without water for 24 hours in the hot and suffocating bogies. Still, if the Indian Government can spend more than 25 crores on a Terrorist (Kasab), they should have been honest to afford atleast 35 lakhs for their own citizens.  There were 35000 passengers and if the govt would have given a Janata Meal and one litre water every 12 hours in a journey of 60 hours, the govt would have spent 20 rupees 5 times for each passenger which comes to 35 lakhs.

4. Why does Railways have objection if the common citizens want to offer food and water to their brothers and sisters in such situations whereas the Railways did not chuck out a penny for their welfare. Most passengers even claim that they have paid the railways for their travel. The railways should not have even asked for the fare on humanitarian grounds in such situations.

5. No ministers including the railway minister had a time to even peep in to see what is the condition of the people.

6. Do we still think we stay in Independent and Democratic INDIA ??

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Pranab Mukherjee and Omita Paul

Allegations of illegitimate interference by Ms Omita Paul

There are some serious allegations relating to the doings of Ms Omita Paul. Ms Omita Paul appointment as advisor with the rank of secretary with a tenure that was  concurrent with the tenure of Mr. Pranab Mukherjee in different ministries meant that she was both de facto and de jure the number two person in the Ministry. This fact can be ascertained from the various secretaries that worked with or under her and also by the noting in the file where her word prevailed. These senior secretaries had to suffer on account of her appointment as she was not only junior to them but less knowledgeable or competent.

She was neither elected by the people nor selected to the IAS cadre by the UPSC and yet she came to occupy the second most important position in three key ministries of the cabinet. No known guidelines or law was followed in her appointment which was arbitrary exercise of discretionary power. In fact the provisions relating to equality in the Constitution were given a go by.

It will not be wrong to describe her appointment as illegal.

It is for this reason that the information relating to provisions of law under which she was repeatedly appointed and the file with noting on her appointment has not been revealed under RTI.

The track record of the functioning of Omita Paul shows that she has misused her exalted position in the Finance ministry for blatant nepotism, for depriving extensions of tenure to senior officers only because they were honest and competent appointing a corrupt person to the sensitive post of chief of the capital market and lastly influencing the decision making process to companies involved in securities fraud.

Does she act on her own behalf or on behalf of Mr Mukherjee? Is she a lobby centre for corrupt corporation? Or is she a buffer to take the heat off any scandal/wrong doing? And what is the reason for Mr Mukherjee helpless when blatant act of her nepotism and corruption are reported in the press?

Whatever be the reason, the constructive responsibility is that of the Minister himself!

First the obvious question: What is the reason for the appointment of Ms Paul in the number two position in the three key Ministries that Mr Mukherjee has been a Minister

Ms Paul has been continuously appointed as an advisor with the rank of secretary in the three key Ministries – Foreign, Defense and Finance- which has been co terminus with the tenure of Mr Mukherjee. Her appointment as Advisor in three different ministries is without precedent in Independent India and it is difficult to believe that she has specialized knowledge in three different areas to merit such appointment. 

All attempts to get information on the law/guidelines under which she was appointed and the papers on her appointment under the RTI have been in vain.

It is an arbitrary appointment for arbitrary goals. Even the secretary of the Ministry is subordinate to her!

Though there have been extra constitutional authorities and power centres in the past an official power centre like that of Ms Paul the country has not known.

It may be mentioned that Ms Paul was also appointed as Information Commission at the time of election between UPA I and UPA II and that the then leader of opposition Shri Advani and the Prime Minister in May 2009 found time to select her as Information Commissioner for five years. The post of Information Commissioner was an insurance cover in case the Congress lost the election. She worked for eight days and disposed a total of 58 cases before re-joining as Advisor cum secretary in the Ministry of Finance once UPA came back to power.

That Ms Paul acts as an independent power centre, and works for the benefit of herself, her family members and the corporate lobby and in the process compromised national interest is obvious from the incident relating to appointment of SEBI chief.

She manipulated the entire system in order to have her candidate, a corrupt person Mr U K Sinha appointed to the post of Chairman of SEBI so that he would favour companies like Reliance and Sahara. It would also enable her to have her brother appointed to the post vacated by Sinha having emoluments of four crores, even when her brother did not have the basic qualification to be appointed to the post.

But first her role in removing honest officials from SEBI to install Mr Sinha:

The decision to give extension to the existing Chairman and members of SEBI by the secretary and the Minister ( approved on 19/10/09)was cancelled on her behest ( 21 and 22/12/09), the existing members were never considered later for extension (10/8/10), she changed the composition of the committee to select the Chairman, had her own experts nominated to the Committee (25/8/10), ensured that the  candidature  Mr U K Sinha  is by the so called  search route. The search route was taken to conceal the illegal emoluments of Rs 4 crores drawn by Mr Sinha in a PSE  which would have disqualified him for the post on grounds of integrity. It would also enable her to push the candidature of her brother who could enjoy the lavish salary without others knowing the real reason for pushing his candidature

After having Mr Sinha selected as Chairman Ms Paul ensured that the even the Appointment Committee of the Cabinet does not come to know the emoluments of Sinha while confirming his appointment. .( Refer confidential letter  DO no 2/23/2007-RE dated 13/12/2010 of Dr Thomas Mathew,  to Est Officer Annexure -1 item 4 (ii) Scale of pay : Not available)  

It is obvious that the concealment of Mr Sinha’s emoluments was deliberate and designed to mislead the selection committee and the ACC to presume that he was being paid the maximum pay payable to a PSU chief of Rs 1.25 lacs/pm.

Mr Sinha’s emolument were over Rs four crores per annum (3.62 crores for 10.5 months as per balance sheet of UTI AMC) which is not possible in a public sector organization like UTI AMC. The Establishment Officer vide his order dated 4/1/08 had stated that the deputation was covered under Rule 6 (1) and not 6 (2) (ii) of IAS Cadre Rules!

Mr Sinha got his emoluments increased after the decision of the Establishment Officer with retrospective effect to Dec 2006 and earned over 10.5 crores.

The purpose of appointing a corrupt and manipulative person to the sensitive post of SEBI chairman was to settle issues of thousands of crores in favour of the concerned companied which had lobbied with her.

The allegation of Ms Paul acting on behalf of the corrupt corporate is borne by the fact that Dr Abraham as a WTM had leveled allegation in a letter dated 1/6/2011 written to the Prime Minister that Mr Sinha tried to influence him on four cases. One of the case related to securities fraud of Reliance group,  and others related to Tayals of Bank of Rajasthan, Sahara, and MCX.. While trying to influence him Mr Sinha had stated that these were “engaging the attention of Union Minister for Finance, or Mrs Omita Paul, Advisor to the Finance Minister,”. 

The denial of extension to the then Chairman and members of SEBI by Mrs Paul, the fact the extension was stopped when SEBI recommended action against the Reliance group to the Finance Ministry on a eight year complaint by Mr Gurumurthy involving over 25,000 crores of benefit to the promoters, the extraordinary interest taken  by Ms Paul in having a corrupt person like Mr Sinha appointed as SEBI chairman by suppressing his illegal salary from the selection committee and the Appointment Committee, and the subsequent action of Mr Sinha all show that Ms Paul was involved in harming national interest by promoting corporate interest of the respective companies.

Sahara was a company taking deposits from small un-bankable people. From 2008 onwards during the tenure of Mr Mukherjee it violated the deposit norms under section 58 A of Companies which allowed to collect unsecured deposits from debentures for 10% of its own fund. By that it could have collected only Rs 230 crores but went on to collect over Rs 20,000 crores. Almost the entire money collected was siphoned out and virtually there were negligible assets in the company in whose name deposits were taken so that the group could not be compelled to refund the amount. It was the largest ponzi scheme involving 2 crore poor people.

Dr Abraham had passed orders in the company which was contested by Sahara in the High Court. But by a freak chance the matter came before him for adjudication because the CJI referred the matter to SEBI. He adjudicated the matter at the fag end of the tenure (23/6/11) directing the group to refund the entire money to the investors. His order was upheld by the Tribunal and is likely to be upheld by the Supreme Court also. The order of Dr Abraham is proof of his competency and honesty, while the shenanigans of Mr Sinha at UTI AMC is proof of his cleverness and manipulative skills.

The second case that interested Ms Paul was the securities fraud of 513 crores of Reliance group (Mukesh Ambani group). Reliance Petroleum shares were short sold for Rs 290 and later covered when the shares were sold in the cash segment and the prices fell. The reliance group made 513 crores in five days. The securities fraud occurred in Nov 2007

The penalty is three times and the total amount involved is 2000 crores.

Reliance tried to settle the matter by paying a fine of only Rs two crores and then eight crores through consent order. It was not even willing to pay back the fraud amount of Rs 513 crores. This was not acceptable to the then officers of SEBI..

Mr Sinha has changed the circular on the consent order (25/5/2012) in a manner to favour Reliance group and continue the settlement of the criminal offence through a consent order. This is in sharp contrast with the case of Rajat Gupta whose offence was much less but then he did not a Omita Paul or U K Sinha to bail him out.

The third case related to the Tayals of Bank of Rajasthan in whose favour the outgoing member Prashant Saran passed a favourable order so that he could be re appointed. That the order only showed that the allegation of Dr Abraham were true. Similar conclusion were made by the media

Kindly refer links in Financial Express and Mint on Mr Saran’s order

The fourth case related to MCX which wanted to open a parallel stock exchange. The Ministry ensured that Dr Bimal Jalan Committee report is taken up by SEBI after Sinha became the chairman so that the portion relating on listing of the stock exchange company is rejected. This would help in giving market value to the MCX license. Further the terms of opening the exchange too has been diluted.

Other related scandals

On the slot vacated by Sinha at  UTI AMC, Ms Paul wanted her brother to be appointed and though the four financial institution under her were agreeable the foreign shareholder was not. As a result the post of the CMD remained vacant for fifteen months because Ms Paul wanted to have her brother appointed. Great harm to public interest was done because UTI has around 60,000 crores invested in the financial market and large part of the money comes from government sources.

It was only when the candidature of the Mr Mukherjee was considered for the post of President of India seriously, the brother of Ms Paul withdrew from the race of the post of CMD of UTI AMC The advertisement released subsequently for the post thereafter shows that neither Ms Paul’s brother nor Mr Sinha had the qualification because it states that the person should be a seasoned financial service professional with minimum 20 years experience. They are neither  financial service professional nor have a days experience. In fact the advertisement released, for the first time honours the commitment given to the government to the JPC II on securities scam that a professional would be appointed through a advertisement.

Mr Sinha had increased his emolument through a rubber stamp Board on the grounds of industry parity conveniently forgetting that he was appointed to an executive post and industry parity is given to non executive posts like pilots etc. His deputation was covered under Rule 6(1) of the cadre rules and the maximum he could draw was Rs 1.25 lacs per month. It was for this reason he appealed to the High Court against the order of the Information Commission that UTI AMC is covered under the RTI Act. Both Ms Sinha and Ms Paul wanted the illegal emoluments to be a secret for their respective reasons.

The other act of nepotism involved Ms Omita Paul’s husband who was favoured by an unprecedented amendment in the IT Act. The following exemption granted in the year 2011 was notified for being applied retrospectively from the year 2007-08 to cover the entire tenure of Mr Paul in the UPSC Section 10 (45) of the Income Tax Act was introduced in 2011 to state: (45) any allowance or perquisite, as may be notified by the Central Government in the Official Gazette in this behalf, paid to the Chairman or a retired Chairman or any other member or retired member of the Union Public Service Commission. Retrospective amendment to undo a judgment or wrong has been known but never to pass on a benefit like the one above. The amendment was sought to be justified on the basis of sixth pay commission report but there no such recommendation in the report. The fact is that Ms Paul out of sheer vindictiveness used her influence to initiate disciplinary proceedings of major penalty against an honest officer like Mr Abraham who exposed her corruption and refused to compromise. His order against Sahara is in sharp contrast to the manipulations of Ms Paul and Sinha.
There is sufficient material to charge her for offences committed by her under PCA and IPC. 
Answers are needed on whether all these actions of Ms Paul narrated was within the knowledge of Mr Mukherjee? Some of them were also covered in the press! He gave official approval whenever the same was required. If so then what did he do restrain her and protect the public interest? Or was he helpless to act?

Ms Paul is the responsibility as the latest extension given to her on 15/6/2012 states that her tenure “coterminous with the tenure of Shri Pranab Mukherjee as Finance Minister”.

Her next assignment is the post of Secretary to the President of India!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Who is Maligning the Trinamool Government in West Bengal

Whatever even an "ANT" not an "AUNT" does in West Bengal today, is to malign the Trinamool (only Mamata) Government. Tomorrow, even if a dog will bark at night seeings the robbers run, that will be still to malign the government.

If a victim of rape complains to the police, the govt and police commissioner comment that it was to malign the government and no authenticity could be found in the complain. These comments come with investigation due. After the alleged rape is proved by the next level police officer, still the CM needs to poke her nose and say that investigations will reveal lot of things later. Indirectly she still claims that she was not ashamed of misguiding the people of the state.

In another incident of Rape at Katwa again, the CM is fast enough to say that the government is being maligned. The DGP West Bengal also nods to the CM as if even he does not have his own words or thoughts. Whereas the local police officials confirm that there has been a rape confirmed by the medical reports.

Why do these people at all speak when they are not aware of anything. Are they not maligning the dignity of the state by putting these controversial statements which are being later proved false? Dont they think they should keep shut atleast untill the investigation is completed?

When the swords do not work, the words do.

In connection with assault on the journalists of Star Ananda and Ananda Bazar Patrika by the Trinamool workers, again she had to speak? Unknowingly?
Again that the government is being maligned? By whom? The Media? Foolish !!!

At one time, Left Front government did all the "Dadagiri" (Hooliganism), now its the turn of the Trinamool Government. The only difference is that "they" always remained silent and did not blame anyone and "she" speaks without any reason to gain sympathy.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Bharat Bachao: AMRI arrests

Bharat Bachao: AMRI arrests

AMRI arrests

Kolkata Police as usual has been slow in doing things.

Yesterday, they arrested the Chairman of the AMRI Board Dr Mani Chhetri and another Director Dr Pronab Dasgupta. Though it is really a sad day as pride of Bengal is under arrest now. Dr Mani Chhetri, one of the best doctors of Kolkata is arrested for something he was not responsible for. I cannot say that he was totally not responsible but indirectly he was. Still, if the police at all wanted to arrest him and Dr Dasgupta, they should have done it on the first day. I am saddened today to write that great people have to suffer to the hands of foolish even for smallest negligence of their own and everyone should learn a lesson out of it. Did these doctors ever think that this type of incidence could ever occur and after devoting so many years of genuine service to the state and the patients, they would be arrested for something they actually did not do at the age of 91?

If something happens to this great personality, like West Bengal lost Dr. Sital Ghosh, we would still lose another great man in the history of medical science.

Shocking is that the Kolkata Police still needs to think on four outgoing and sitting directors (government representatives) of AMRI. Does the Kolkata Police think that the arrest is not necessary? Then why are the others arrested?

Or does the Kolkata Police think that these directors are not at fault? I would say rather these government representatives should have had more knowledge of the government rules, regulations and policies than any other director or employee of AMRI. Else, these persons should have had no right to be government representatives at AMRI.

Or is the West Bengal government protecting these persons??

When law is equal for all, these persons should not be spares either. Nor the Fire Department employees who issued the conditional NOC for three consecutive years be spared. Nor should the CMC employees who issued/renewed the Trade Licence of the hospital be spared. Nor should the Health Department employees who issued/renewed the Health License be spared.

The Government of West Bengal and Kolkata Police should act immediately to bring all negligent people to books.

We do hope that in future, after every train accident, the Railway Minister is arrested and after every negligent death in hospital, the Health Minister is arrested.

Monday, January 23, 2012

116th Birthday of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose celebrated in Kolkata

Today, 23rd January 2012, 116th Birthday of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, a son of India on whom every Indian is proud, was celebrated beside the Governor's House and Akashvani Bhawan Kolkata at the Netaji Statue.

It was a great occasion and wonderful celebration.

A team of India Against Corruption, Kolkata Chapter enthusiastically went to the event to be a part of the celebrations at 10:30 am. The police informed that the birth time of Netaji was 12:15 pm and first the Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee will garland the great freedom fighter and then Team IAC will be given a chance. Ms Mamata Banerjee arrived at the spot at 11:45 am. A smiling CM met the people around along with Sri Mukul Roy, Sri Amit Mitra, Sri Samar Ghosh, Police Commissioner Sri R.K.Pachnanda and other dignitaries.

At 12:07 pm, about 40-50 people of the left parties led by Sri Ashok Ghosh and Sri Biman Bose started moving towards the venue. The police was trying their level best to stop them and say that the CM would garland first but the left party people kept moving forcibly and the CM smiled to let them go first. There were some altercations between the ruling party and the opposition at the feets of Netaji.... This was a little dramatic, little ridiculous, little shameful but after all, these are habits and qualifications of the politicians of India. Though the decision of the CM was appreciated by people around.

The announcements came on asking for other organisations and persons who wanted to pay their respects to Netaji to come forward. Team IAC moved forward with about 35-40 members and garlanded the statue of Netaji. And then, the CM followed by the Police Commissioner garlanded Netaji.

Then, there was a parade by the Police, RAF, school childred, Mounted Police etc. It was all very nice and in respect to the great hero of India.

The program ended with the tune of National Anthem played by the Kolkata Police band.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

HOOCH and Prize of Rs. 2 Lakhs

This might sound funny.

But yes it is a fact. If you drink and die, the West Bengal Government awards you Rs. 2 Lakhs.
For educated people it would sound shameful, confusing, derogatory, and arbitrary. But for Mamta Banerjee's ministry, it is a matter of pride that the people who died after consuming country liquor, have been awarded with Rs.2 lakh each.
So, in other words, the families who do not have earnings of more than 1500 rupees per month, can afford to get one person dying by consuming such liquor and the rest of the family can have atleast Rs.2000 per month by way of interest with the Rs.2 lakh still being intact.

Betting is being made on the people actually receiving the award as the Govt did announce it but the amount will never reach their families. Rather the middlemen will consume major chunk of it and the families would hardly get 5000 to 10000.

On the other hand, a person from Titagarh in West bengal has complained to all Government and Police authorities to stop country liquor illegal manufacturing and sales in and around Titagarh. The police is threating him, the goons in the area are threating him, the political people are threating him and the Chief Minister say : This is going on for last 35 years and i cannot do anything so fast. Is this expected of a Chief minister?

And what about the threats this gentleman is getting?

The CPIM is supposed to have kick backs. Now the Trinamool Congress is learnt to have kick backs. The Police has kick backs. The goons have kick backs. Everyone is making money and the residents are suffering. No one cares.

It does not look like these dens will ever be stopped from operating illegal business.

But the major question remains : Is it not shameful for a Government to annouce Rs.2 lakh as compensation for consuming liquor?