The legislators trip to China

Foreign jaunts by the ministers or members of the state assembly are not a new thing. Reactions to something like this are always on expected lines. The reactions are largely crying foul on the massive waste of such expenditure & how nothing happens after these ministers/legislators come back from their ‘study tour’.

The recent news of all the legislators from Karnataka embarking on a tour to China to study that country’s development model has received a similar reaction. “They are all going to have a jolly trip & come back & do nothing”. It is sad that our state of affairs is such that we have to be saying something like this about the very individuals we have voted for & elected.

Although on the face of it, this trip too is rightly being described as a ‘study tour’, it is anybody’s guess whether these legislators will actually make an attempt to study something there or just have fun. I have been thinking is it not possible for the Karnataka government to get sessions organized right here in Bangalore & view images & video of the development that has happened somewhere? Or am I being silly here to not understand this entire thing. Secondly it is once again beyond my understanding why all the legislators are going.

Anyway considering that the trip is on and since this is supposed to be the initiative of the Speaker I humbly suggest him the following:

1. Advise all legislators to keep a diary about what they have learnt & what they can do to implement that back here. (Daily updates on a website while on tour would be really nice)
2. Take the initiative of compiling all the suggestions, improvements, and changes and make public these recommendations. (this will help the general public know what happened there & want we can expect here)
3. The government of the day should put the concerned ministries & departments on the job to study the recommendations & fix time lines for its realization. (All of this again should be easily accessible for the public)

It does sound simple and doable doesn’t it? I guess it’s also fair. On one side we want them to do something good for the city, its infrastructure & growth & when they want to educate themselves on the good work happening elsewhere & implement it here, we doubt them.

Dear Legislators, if you are going to China, go there learn, also have fun but come back & do something here.

Have a good trip. We remain hopeful & positive.

4 Comments so far

  1. Ravi (unregistered) on June 14th, 2007 @ 6:03 pm

    Topical post! I see you’ve bypassed the sarcasm part and your suggestions, simple (as opposed to our legislators!) in nature can actually be followed. The first one is really brilliant – perhaps create a blog for this trip and have all of them make – mandatorily – one post daily?!
    That should be fun to read too!

  2. Sriram (unregistered) on June 14th, 2007 @ 6:47 pm

    Kharge could not go for this trip because the CM has said he won’t be able to join due to lots of work at his office. How could he go on a ‘vacation’ when his boss is slogging it out in office? His remorse was all the more visible when he remarked ” I haven’t seen China”…hilarios. Mr. Kharge, even I haven’t seen China, Japan, Portugal, Brazil, Mozambique and a host of other countries. Would the government please return all the hard earned taxes that I have paid over the years so that I too can go “Around the World”??

  3. rishi (unregistered) on June 19th, 2007 @ 1:40 am

    check this

  4. Outspoken (unregistered) on June 23rd, 2007 @ 10:07 pm

    Why should a state legislator be given the luxury of foreign trips? Legislators should be limited to travel in India & maybe the sub-continent on public money. Our Mp’s may be allowed to travel abroad. Last time they said they would make B’lore Singapore, now they will say Shanghai! We all know how much of B’lore is Singapore. If it is really a study trip their families should not be allowed to be on board.

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