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Tree in flower.



I spotted a beautiful blue coloured Tree covered with flowers at the Baba Herakhan Hospital,. The tree is called the Blue Jacaranda. Its botanical name is Jacaranda mimosifolia more often known simply as the Jacaranda. This is a sub-tropical tree which is seen at Ranikhet also. It is also known as the Black Poui or as the fern tree. It flowers from mid April to May. This is a lovely flower with vibrant blue colour. Violet and purple flowering Jacaranda are the other two varities.(D.N.Barola)

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Retirement age of Government Semi-Govt. Employees
 
    What should be the age of retirement of the Government and semi-government employees? In fact it is a matter which requires a National debate. The question is pertinent especially because after retirement the present day senior citizen is proving his usefulness in so many fields. We have a huge force of highly educated and experienced senior citizens, who have been proving their worth. They can be useful in national building activities. Pensioners by and large have proved themselves in many fields. They are working in the field of Politics, social life, Journalism and in many cases assisting their siblings in their pursuits. Retiring senior citizens had a woe that they are not acceptable to the modern day children. With adequate money and medical care they have formed Senior Citizens organizations, where they are trying to look to the interest of the fellow senior citizens and other poor people. Now their problem is they want to work for the society but opportunities for them are rare. In the Army there is provision for rehabilitation of retiring employees and Officers. But there is no such provision in civil sector. The Government should come out with plans to utilize the vast amount of knowledge, experience and expertise which the senior citizens have earned during their 30-40 years career while in service. This will help the Government to formulate new and people friendly policies, after all as on date you find only senior citizens at their seventies and eighties at the helm of affairs at the National level. Naturally therefore this class of people would be an asset for the Government in Nation building activity, for which the senior citizens are prepared, because their main problem is how to utilize their time. They do not want to vile away their time for no benefit to the Nation. I have personally faced this problem. Hence I chose to become a Journalist and a socio-political worker and I have the satisfaction to say that I am useful to the society. This is the sentiment other senior citizens also want to echo and share, for which the Government should consider helping them.
 
        The matter regarding enhancement of age of retirement is out of the purview of the Pay Commission, yet the Pay Commission has suggested higher pension at age 80 and above. Yet another question is how to meet the burden of higher pay on the exchequer hence the Government has to find out the ways and means to lower down the burden of the Government by suggesting ways and means to meet out the immediate burden of the hefty pay packages which the Central Government would have to arrange. The fact is that raising the retirement age seems to be more beneficial to the Government. On retirement the employees are entitled to various benefits i.e. Provident Fund, Commutation of Pension, Leave encashment, Gratuity and Monthly Pension. The Provident Fund constitutes the heftiest amount since the employees contribute to the P.F. right from the beginning of their regular service. Naturally the amount goes beyond 1 to 3 million rupee marks. If the age of retirement is enhanced this amount would be retained by the Government at 8 percent per annum interest for 2 years.
 
    The leave encashment benefit would remain almost stationery at age 60 and 62. There would be a slight increase in the benefit. Thus the Government would retain this amount also without any increasing liability. The same is the case with Gratuity. The gratuity would also be almost the same at age 60 or 62. Here also the Government would be retaining this amount without any liability. The same is the case in case of commutation of Pension The amount payable on commutation is also almost the same The Government is not required to pay any interest on all these retirement benefits; hence it is beneficial for the Government to retain this huge money.  As regards the Pension amount, the same is payable only after retirement. In case of some employees there may be a slight increase in the amount of pension payable but in most of the cases this would not make any difference, particularly because at the time of retirement employees reach their maximum of the grades and start stagnating in the existing scale of pay. No doubt the Governments grants Time Scale and/or stagnation increment after three years service, but this won’t make much difference as the suggestion is to raise the retirement age only by 2 years.
 
    One point worth mentioning is that the employees so retained for 2 years after age 60 would be working at almost half the salary. In case they retire they would receive pension at the rate of nearly 50 percent of last pension-able emoluments. Now if they continue after 60, that means they would not receive this pension for next 2 years. The employees thus are required to work at half the salary, as in either case they would have been entitled to get pension.  For example an employee getting a pay plus D.A. of   Rs.20, 000 would be entitled to get Rs.10,000 per month as pension. Suppose he continues for the next two years, he would be receiving Rs.20,000 per month. That means he would be working at Rs.10,000 per month, as Rs.10,000 is his pension. This is highly beneficial to the Government. With longevity increasing the employees also want alternate employment after retirement. The same logic was accepted by the Government in 1996 when the age of retirement was enhanced from 58 to 60 and now the Government is feeling that the retirement age needs to be enhanced further.  Recently the teaching community has demanded raising of retirement to age 65. Raising of retirement age directly affects the employment opportunities of the younger generation. Yet another argument is after all how much employment is available in the Government sector. It is roughly 2 percent or so. In so many cases, people start working after retirement in private sector, where some of them are in great demand. They are entitled to get lucrative salaries and perks which are normally three to four times what the Government was giving them. In some cases people join politics. We have many examples of officials joining politics after retirement and successfully discharging their duties in posts such as Central Ministers, Chief Ministers and heads of various Governments, semi-government departments.  Employees have a retirement age but politicians retire only at the will of the people and stage a come back if people so desire.  Politicians normally work till death. In fact the politicians at their advanced ages work for 12 to 18 hours a day. Thus the senior citizens are helpful people and their massive experience and knowledge should be utilised for the betterment of the Nation.(D.N.Barola)
 
   
 


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 Heavy Snowfall at Ranikhet-2007



Ranikhet experienced heavy snowfall on 12 Februaru, 2007. A big heap of Snow can be seen just on the right side of Barola Cottage near the gate. The snow was latter utilised by children to make a Snowman.(D.N.Barola)
 

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Snow fall at Mall Road, Ranikhet in 1973



In 1973, I used to live in Mall Road, Ranikhet. There was a massive snow fall. People used to say that this was the heaviest snow fall ever witnessed during the last so many years. I had covered the Portico by wires for the creeper flowers. Due to the massive snow fall the wires were also covered with snow. This was a spectacular sight!(D.N.Barola)

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वाह ताज - शौभाग्यशाली सात



दुनिया की २१ धरोहरों मैं सात अजूबों का सरताज ताज महल को पिछले वर्ष शीर्ष स्थान मैं पाकर दुनिया मैं भारतवासियों का सर गर्व से ऊँचा हुवा है  दिनांक ७-७-७ को दुनियोँ के इतिहास मैं हमेशा याद रखा जाएगा  वैसे भी भारतीय कलेंडर के मुताबिक ७ तारीख को सप्तमी तिथि थी  तथा सप्ताह का सातवां दिन शनिवार था सात के अंक की महत्ता है कि  सात हवन सामग्री अग्निदेव को समर्पित कर अग्नि के सात फेरे लेकर , सात बचनों की प्रतिज्ञा कर युगल जोड़ी सात जन्मों के लिए पति-पत्नी  के रूप मैं एक हो जाती है  सात सितारे, सप्तरिशी, सात महासमुद्र, सात महाद्वीप, सात आसमान, सात महापर्वत, सात पवित्र  नदियाँ, सूर्य भगवान के सात अस्व, सात महाग्रंथ, सात प्रहार, सात दिन का सप्ताह, ज्योतिष के सात ग्रह, सतरंगी इन्द्रधनुष, सात सुर, सात रंग, सात पुश्त, सात की महत्ता एवं गरिमा को प्रदर्शित करते हैं. वैसे सात का फेर भी होता है  लकी सेवन सात का अंक भारतावंशियोँ   के लिए शौभाग्यशाली रहा, इसमें संदेह  नहीं  (D.N.Barola)

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How poor are our Members of Parliament (MP)

   Our Poor MPs are ‘poorly’ paid.   How poor are our MPs is

clear from the following statistics. A MP gets only 12,000 as salary

Naturally this is not in commensurate with their aspirations. They

compare it with the salary of Chief Executive Officers and the

Secretaries of the Central Government. I got the

following statistics about the salary and perquisites of the MPs. 

1) Monthly Salary: 12,000
 
2) Expense for Constituency per month: 10,000
 
3) Office expenditure per month: 14,000

4) Traveling concession (Rs. 8 per km): 48,000( e.g. For a visit from Kerala to Delhi & return: 6000 km)

5) Daily DA TA during parliament meets: 500 per day

6) Charge for Ist class (A/C) in train: Free (For any number of times)
    (All over India)

7) Charge for Business Class in flights: Free for 40 trips a year   With wife or P.A.)

8) Rent for MP hostel at Delhi: Free

9) Electricity costs at home: Free up to 50,000 units

10) Local phone call charge: Free up to 1, 70,000 calls.

TOTAL expense for a MP per year : 31,92,000 [i.e. . 2.66 lakh/month]

=   2 Lac 66 thousand per month.

For 770 MPs of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha 31,92,000 X 770 =

2,45,78,40,000

    = Rs. 245 Crores, 78 Lac and 40 thousand per annum.

Expense for 5 years = 2,457,840,000 X 5 =12,28,92,00,000 i.e.

1228.92 Crores

Rs. 1228 Crore and 92 thousand

It is clear from the above that one ‘Poor’ M.P. gets only Rs. 2 66,000
 
per month, i.e. Rs. 8,867 per day or 370 Rs. per hour (whether it be

day or night).

 To maintain a MP for 5 years, the poor man’s money is spent that

comes to a staggering 1228.29 Crore rupees.(D.N.Barola)



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Har ki Pauri Haridwar in the grip of pollution



 Lacs and Lacs of Kanwariya Pilgrims recently visited Haridwar to fetch holy Ganga water from Hari ki Pauri. Kanwariya and Dak Kanwariya  came in large numbers to fetch holy water from the sacred Ganges. Most of these pilgrims who come every year spent their days and nights beneath the open sky. There are reports that on a particular day there were more than 20 Lac Kanwarias. The arrangements made by the administration are normally not sufficient to cope with the unprecedented large number of pilgrims visiting Hariwar. During the holy Shravan Mas many more than l Lac Shiv Bhakt Kanwariya visit Haridwar every day. Naturally they discharge perhaps 4-5 Litres of urine and one Kg. of excrement per person per day. That adds up to 4-5 Lac Litre of Urine and l Lac Kg. of excrement per day. Apart from this when a man enters the river for taking a bath he urinates in view of the difference of temperature outside and inside the river. This is the reason in the swimming pools; it is customary to have a shower bath before entering into the pool, so that the pool water is not polluted by the natural urge for urination. Where after all this dirt is to be disposed off? As is apparent, during this period,a small invisible river of this human excreta  also flows by the side of Ganga, to ultimately mix in the Ganga water. Apart from this many of them use toilets, but the waste matter will have to be disposed off in the soil or river with horrendous effect on the quality of Ganga water. When it rains it carries away this water to the river. Thus Ganga water is getting polluted. I remember my childhood days, some 40 years back, my parent had brought Ganga water and that is still pure and pious. Rajiv Gandhi started the Ganga Cleansing Project in 1984. Since then much has been done to improve the quality of water in the Ganga, but to no result. Ganga Action Plan needs to be implemented strictly right from the very source Gomukh. At the same time the Uttarakhand Government should make foolproof arrangements to cope with any unprecedented rush of pilgrims who visit Har Ki Pauri Haridwar, after all it is a question of  absolute faith of the people, on the Ganga Mata. (By D.N.Barola)
 



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Kumaoni Nath (Large nose ring)
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Kumaoni bride in her traditional attire with Nath

In the culture of Uttarakhand, Nath (large ring worn on left nostril) plays a dominant role. Nath is an import part of the Kumaoni woman’s traditional attire.  There is an interesting story of a woman whose Father had demanded a large Nath to solemnize her marriage.

The story goes like this. Once upon a time there was a rich person who wanted to marry his son. He approached a girl’s father, who was a rich Contractor. During the discussions, the father of the girl posed a question, whether he has the status and standard to offer a 4 Tola (46.5 gram) Nath to his daughter. If yes the relationship can be established. The boys’ father immediately accepted the challenge and said yes, he would provide a 4 Tola Nath to his daughter-in-law. As per tradition the boys’ father offers gold Jewelry to the girl at the time of marriage. Bubbling with pride the boy’s father offered Jewelry including a 4 Tola Nath to the bride at the time of marriage. The father of the girl accepted the gesture and the marriage got solemnized with great fanfare.

The boys’ father could not relish the demand of the girls’ father and he decided to increase the weight of the Nath just to show off his prosperity and riches. At the first opportunity when he got good profit in the business, he increased the weight of the Nath to 5 Tola (58.3 Gram).  He continued doing this year to year. In the hills the women wear the Nath every day and throughout the day. The daughter-in-law was also required to wear the Nath every day. She was feeling great difficulty in wearing the weighty Nath, with the result the hole on the nostril became very large. Once again the Boys’ father got very good profit in business. He ordered to increase the weight of the Nath by another Tola. The new Nath was given to the bride for wearing the same.  The bride did wear it. But in the process the nostril could not bear the weight of the Nath and the nostril tattered and nose started bleeding. The moral of the story is one should not believe in show off and should not boast unnecessarily.(D.N.Barola)
 


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Women Reservation Bill should be passed in any form

 
            Women constitute more than 53% of total population of India as per 2001 Census. Thus the fact is that women outnumber men in the matter of population. Yet women are a neglected lot. They are craving for their rightful place in the socio-political field. Today when a woman Smt. Pratibha Patil is the President of India and also the Supreme Commander of Armed Forces and another woman Smt. Sonia Gandhi is the Chairperson of the Congress led ruling United Progressive Alliance, the talk of reservation of woman in Parliament should have been raised vociferously and the woman reservation should have been passed. There was a time when women used to talk about Women’s liberation, since then the women have travelled a long distance and have yet to travel still longer distance to get a respectful and rightly deserved place in the Parliament. This is a sad story that in spite of the Women being at the top hierarchy of the Government, the bill to reserve seats in Parliament is hanging fire. All the political parties want to involve a consensus and want the reservation bill to become an Act of Parliament. But nobody is ready to take an initiative. This is a fact that women have proved themselves in the Panchayats. They are successful Mayors, Zila Pancharyat Presidents, Block Prakmukhs and what not. Hence the need of the hour is that the bill should be put before the Parliament on whatsoever shape is possible.  We have an elastic Constitution and amendments from time to time may be made, once it becomes a law.(By D.N.Barola)


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Disaster Management or Managing the Disaster?



            Uttarakhand hills have become disaster prone zones. Uttarakhand has been experiencing Earthquakes, Landslides, Cloudburst and Motor Vehicle accidents etc. In order to meet this challenge Uttarakhand Government will have to be extra vigilant and must work on a long term foolproof plan to help people in times of any such crisis. The Uttarakhand Government should plan out mock drill or mock exercises in order to fight major disasters taking place in any corner of the State. This is necessary because situations come when there is a cloudburst or earthquake and people living at these zones become helpless victims. No body is able to help each other because every body becomes a victim of such calamity. Cloudburst is being reported very often particularly during rainy season. Are we prepared to manage this disaster?  In case of such disaster, the Government machinery is not able intervene immediately. The Government has to prepare its Disaster Management Cell to be on readiness at short notice for such eventualities. The Cell has to coordinate with different departments. The first prerequisite for managing any disaster is communication. No sooner any such disaster takes place; the Disaster Management Cell must get the information of the incident. In this age of Mobile phones, it should not be difficult. Since most of the disasters take place in the revenue police circle, it is important that the revenue police should be provided with mobile phones or other gadgets so that they can urgently communicate with the District Management Cell. The next is the Medical aid. Medical team, in near by hospitals have to be kept in 24 hour vigil for which necessary action plan must be prepared well in advance. Public Works Department, which is responsible for maintaining the Roads, has to ensure that the medical team reaches the site of Disaster as urgently as possible. Supply of eatables and clothing has also to be given priority. In order to avoid spread of epidemic potable water is also necessary. In times of such disaster the role of regular police is also important to maintain the law and order situation. Media has to be tackled properly. It should be provided with necessary information, which may help fight the disaster. It should be provided with updates, which may help fight the disaster and loopholes are plugged with the cooperation of media. Media hype should be avoided. Home Guards and Police, Fire Brigade etc. play a useful role in such cases, but a team of volunteers should also be selected. We should have a team of volunteers who may be the local residents with knowledge of the topography and the environment and the living conditions of the people. Such team can be more effective. These people should be imparted training to tackle such eventualities from time to time.
 In case of earthquake massive efforts on the part of the Government are required. Are we prepared for the same? Rescue operation on mass scale will have to be carried in case of such a calamity. Long term and short term plans must be ready with the District Management Cell, so that surviving persons may be given medical and other facilities. In order to rehabilitate the survivors’ meticulous action plan in respect of their housing food clothing and other things will have to be arranged in advance. At the same time the Govt. should enforce strict laws for construction of new buildings, which are earthquake resistant.  Naturally it will reduce the causalities. The Revenue Department should be provided with necessary budged to meet the necessary expenses during such disaster keeping in view the prevailing conditions.
 The Government has also to be watchful against the cases of corruption by those who may be managing the relief operation. For providing relief to the victims of vehicle accidents immediate and urgent medical relief is the prerequisite. The administration has to check speeding, rash driving and driving under the influence of liquor. The cooperation of the passengers in the matter of overcrowding in the vehicle will have to be taken. The authorities will have to see that disaster management itself does not become a disaster.               
   
   Recently the Government has launched a novel Scheme, under which mobile hospital facilities have been provided. You can make a phone call to No.108 and the hospital van would reach the site of accident within half an hour. This is a good step. This is helping the accident victims and people have all appreciation for this Scheme. However the Government will have to see that necessary budged is provided to this Scheme for maintenance of the Vehicle and other things.(By D.N.Barola)

 

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