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KCR and party virtually hired NIMS, a non-Telangana hospital, as a TV studio cum party office for so many days. Did the government collect the costs, asks R Ramanan.
R Ramanan /
Hyderabad | 11th December 2009
A common argument I hear all the time is that if a Telangana state is formed it will produce a separate Secretariat and Police, and so, about a lakh jobs will be created for the people of Telangana.

I keep staring vacantly at the sky unable to understand how to make sense out of this.

If I run a company with 200 people, I will probably pay enough taxes to employ two government employees. A Hyderabad Central Mall employs, maybe, 500 people. For one Hyderabad Central Mall to survive, it needs at least 200 companies employing 500 people to make it viable.

So if it is about jobs, it's better to go after investors and ask them to invest in the region. That is how Hyderabad grew in the '60s and the '70s - the Centre dumped investments in Hyderabad and that produced a lot of secondary activity. Private investment started coming in in a trickle around the '80s and then in a torrent with all the hype that was produced about "the happening city".

The industries in Hyderabad can definitely support a lot of government employees (remember, agriculture does not produce enough money to pay for government employees).

I see two problems.

a) Andhras have taken away government jobs in Hyderabad. Some say they all bought fake Mulki certificates.
Solution: Implement GO 610.

b) There are a couple million jobs in Hyderabad. But the jobs that Telangana people are getting is only of drivers and support staff at Reliance Fresh.
Solution: Promote education so that a percentage of those employees will also become software engineers, and managers at Reliance Fresh .

But what politicians are saying is this - all they have to do is get a Telangana state and everybody in Telangana will be working in a government job - starting 10.30am with a pan, tea at 11am, and then a lunch break. And the villagers even seem to believe this. But who will generate enough taxes to produce so many government jobs? These jobs will have to be produced, just as jobs in the private sector are. There is no wave of the magic wand.

To be able to go to Hyderabad Central twice a month, you need to slog it out like Ranjan Das. Hyderabad Central does not bother about government employees who do not have incomes on the side.

Ideally, "Zero Government" is the best. And "No Central Government" is much better. Why should a central government run a bloated establishment to collect money from everybody in each Telangana village, eat a lot of what is collected and allocate some for projects in Telangana?

The need for the government is to build infrastructure for common use. The need for the government is to make people pay for infrastructure. The need for the government is to take money from the rich and distribute it. Otherwise, there is no need of a government.

Now if an area is large, like AP, different regions have different strengths. Judiciously used, funds can be moved around to develop irrigation - a couple of more dams on Godavari, for example - to promote agriculture, and a few more flyovers to promote industry.

But the problem in Telangana is that agriculture is not paying because of dry lands, the education system was destroyed by the Nizams and their predecessors, and except for Hyderabad, the source of revenue for the government from the region is zero.

Hyderabad was produced by the efforts of a lot of people who saw that the land is fit for nothing but industry. Not many of them were from Telangana. The people of Telangana have it on a platter - jobs being created right at their doorstep. But many are not educated enough to be managers of Reliance Fresh.

Politicians are also saying that anybody rejected by Reliance Fresh will be given a job in the government. Is that the government we're looking for?

Remember, despite all the failings, YSR Reddy produced a master stroke and made sure people had power to irrigate their land. A scheme like no other. However some complain, asking why you can't give power during 10am to 4.30pm like in a government job. The problem with that approach is that if you can pay only for a hawai chappal that is what you get - not a Nike Air that is advertised by Tiger Woods.

You need more of that genius to ensure that more people in Telangana rise to the middle class. And, tell the rest that they have to work for it. Silently though, there is a whole generation of Telangana kids who have been brought to Hyderabad by their illiterate parents and are going to English medium schools. They will be in Cyberabad tomorrow, while the politicians will still be trying to coax people to give them power to grab land in and around Hyderabad.

The Tail

If I am admitted to a hospital, my wife has to first swipe a debit card. And then, periodically, the hospital will ask us to produce more. KCR was taken to NIMS - Nizam orthopedic hospital was converted to NIMS by Dr. Kakarla Subba Rao who came home from the US on the invitation of NTR and converted it into a great medical institute. I am told that Dr. Subba Rao is not from Telangana.

KCR got admitted into NIMS - a non-Telangana hospital. Did anybody swipe a debit card? KCR and party virtually hired NIMS as a marriage hall cum TV studio cum party office cum residential place for so many days. He has been discharged today. Did the government collect the costs for the use of the infrastructure? Did the government do its duty? If not, why is it using taxes paid by many like me to convert a public hospital - that has to serve the poor - into a private TV studio, and not collect any charges for it?

R Ramanan came to Hyderabad in 1961, completed his B. Tech. from IIT Madras in 1976, and continues to live in this city

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filed in:  Telangana, NIMS, Telangana Job Opportunities, Kakarla Subba Rao
OsmaniaBizkit on 15th Dec 2009, 7:46am | Permalink
Why the pessimsim? I understand we have been romaticised by lure of Greater Hyderabad, how about self rule and empowering Hyderabadi's to change for better? How rejuvenating Secunderabad, the happening places of yore abids, Kothi, Afzal gunj... How about making our politicians accountable... IT will phase out someday - then what?
Pucca_Hyderabadi on 15th Dec 2009, 2:36am | Permalink

The US is almost 4 times as large as India and has a more streamlined governance system. I don't think the US model will work here.
telanganite on 15th Dec 2009, 12:00am | Permalink
Mr.ramana let me remind u nizam Institute of Medical Sciences was est by nizams on 16.07.1961 with an initial investment of Rs.55 Lakhs. The foundation stone was laid by Sri Morarji Desai, Minister for Finance, in the cabinet of Sri Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of by these we know that u know nothing abt Hyderabad.telangana is not political party issue ,it is the revolution by common man from telangana . smaller states can excellent growth.for simple example if USA can have 30 states with only 50 crores population why can India have 30 states with more 100 crore's population. and nizams never destroyed education in Hyderabad. let me remind you you are presently living in nizam state .
so don't write stupid blogs.
jai telangana
2power10 on 13th Dec 2009, 9:52am | Permalink
@ksantosh: Let's try and be civil in life. "Telangana is not by political party its by people" you say. Who exactly are these "people"? students who have not even been born in 1969? students who now have the opportunity to study in prestigious universities like OU, KU and others and study well and take their regions to further development (IF they don't run off to the US that is).

And who do these "people" want as Chief Minister of their so-called state once the so-called "freedom struggle" is won? Mahatma Gandhi isn't going to come and rule the region, it's someone called KCR. and then after that we can see Telangana fight a real freedom struggle.
ksantosh on 12th Dec 2009, 10:36pm | Permalink
you have studied in IIT but you dont have common sense,400 people has been killed by police in 1969 for telangana, telangana is not by political party its by people so first know the history of telangana or if your are Tamilian take the SAMBAR and do your work in hyderabad If andhra vala Make GONGURA pickel eat it but dont write the articles on telangana ,i hope you got it.
jai telnagana
santosh reddy on 12th Dec 2009, 10:14pm | Permalink
Telengan is not about goverment jobs only alot of issues has been surrounded around it,
70% godavari and krishan flows in telengana but telengana peopele geeting only 9% of the share where andhra taking 90% of share is it justify? andhra is not the part of telengana potti sriramulu is not the person who is responsible for independence of telengana ,it is 50 years of formation of Andhra pradesh and even now there is a demand for telengana why? simple example my village located 5km away from Nagarjun sagar our village has been effected with flourine i never drink the water of nagajun sagar dam world indias largest Dam our paddy fields look flaw even we seen the water infornt of our eyes what the hell happening with telengana we want to stop this , and will fight for telengana there are many people who doesnt know about telengana and they will give speechesss
jai telengana
Pucca_Hyderabadi on 12th Dec 2009, 3:05am | Permalink
Very well said indeed. I think we should allow people who wish to become martyrs to do so.
Suresh Cherukuru on 12th Dec 2009, 12:58am | Permalink
Very well said and that is very thoughtful truth.
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