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Recently there was a news item on the Income Tax Officers Union are unhappy with the Government of India’s plan to bring in faceless tax assessments, which is being planned to reduce direct contact between the officers and the assessee thereby minimizing the scope for corruption. This is following the trend of Government tackling (hopefully) the deep-rooted malice of corruption in the department – Government tells 22 IRS officers to put in their papers over graft charges. My thoughts on this There needs to be no doubt now. If the officials (and shortly the union) opposes a move by the…

I thank, our Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Sri Narendra Modi for honouring Tamil Nadu through his gestures of wearing local wears (Veshti and Towel, it is not easy to carry either of them if you are not used to wearing them), serving traditional Chettinad delicacies and remembering his ‘pet’ project of Swach Bharat even during his morning walk today. The visit by Hon’ble President of China Mr Xi Jinping has surely put Mamallapuram, Chennai and Tamil Nadu in the world spotlight. The criticism that the actions by Hon’ble PM are not authentic is irrelevant and is just being petty.…

Sell off BSNL, MTNL, Air India, Airport Authority & others in the services sector –  Government has no business to be in hospitality. Privatise portions of Indian Railways especially coaches and stations, Government has no role here too. I wrote the above in 2014, as part of my wish list to the (then) new Government of Mr Narendra Modi. After five years, they seem to be taking steps in this direction, recently the Finance Ministry has recommended the closure of BSNL & MTNL. If this really happens, I welcome the move and wish Air India and others join the list.…

Today, on invitation from the Senior Technical Director of NIC (National Informatics Centre), Chennai, I delivered a technical talk at their Tamil Nadu Head office at Rajaji Bhavan, Chennai. It was attended by all their district officers across Tamil Nadu. For those who are not familiar, NIC is a Government of India organization established in 1976 that powers the numerous electronic applications and computing backbone of central and state governments across India. Today, the majority of citizen services and the government administration across India is happening electronically and with that, the role and importance of NIC have been steadily growing.…

I am not used to this kind of service from a public utility in Tamil Nadu. I can’t take the shock! Background: Electricity in my house went off at 4:45 PM, then within a few minutes I got an SMS informing about the power cut (let us ignore the start time mentioned, that’s a minor issue). Then at 5:15 PM, the power was restored. WOW! Not only was it done before the window mentioned, but it was restored well ahead of the time. Good job by Tangedco (the Tamil Nadu state’s electricity board). Our bureaucrats and politicians should realize that it…