Ad Here  
April
May
June
July
August
September
 
 
Physician, cure thyself… Corruption institutionalised; technique perfected BJP - the unifying force (of opposition parties) ! Reserve and perish Fast - track railways to prosperity... Open letter to citizens DMK does it again Fear of bankruptcy, liquidation Of judiciary and GM ‘High speed’ diplomacy... Narendra Modi turns “THREE” Little for development Welcome aboard President Kovind LOT CAN BE DONE THROUGH THE PPP MODE... Light at the end of the tunnel – Cauvery Management Board to be set up Mr. PM, bite the bullet... Between the bang and the whimper… Call for INNOVATION, for R&D Rahul coronated Cleansing a corrupt system… Imperative to take states along… Kanoon, Kovind and Kumble Where’s the big idea? A challenge and an opportunity for OPS Drive ahead, the road is well-laid... An unhealthy adversarial relationship Repeat 1991– work on a growth budget... Has PC missed out on BIG BANG REFORMS? Jaya Ho Welcome continuation of the reforms thrust A WATERSHED YEAR The four DISRUPTIONS of the month More lustre to leather: 70 years of CLRI Rajini can’t or can? Welcome euphoria over the east Entering the 50th year… BJP, shift to south Gujarat model for port development Trail-blazing Tamil Nadu BJP’s one man army... Physician, cure thyself 10-point programme Need for more A 5-6 per cent growth is given… Scientists, please raise your voice for GM crops State Elections: Mid-summer marathon Take the next leap forward... The Chinese model for rail development Flying High? BHEL – R&D and image building require more attention IE completes 47 years... AAP - change from street fighting to administration TN budget - little leeway for capex Go for a One Power India
 
An unhealthy adversarial relationship

At the Economic Editors’ Conference (EEC) 2012, I submitted to Finance Minister P Chidambaram (PC) the importance of policymakers in Delhi to visit state capitals frequently to disseminate information on major policy issues. This was effectively done for several decades, which helped in harmonious working of the Centre and the states. Central ministers and senior bureaucrats, heads of public sector undertakings, members of the Planning Commission and other policymakers used to visit the states to apprise the locals on major policy issues. Even business leaders like Nani Palkhivala and Verghese Kurien made rich contributions. Sadly, all these have now come to a halt. To my question at the EEC, the lawyer in PC provided a quick repartee: “are not these policies discussed in detail, in the national television?” he asked.

I submitted that Times Now’s Arnab Goswami and his counterparts in NDTV and CNN-IBN have reduced discussions over the TV to fish market quarrels. Their presenting rank adversaries in each and every debate ends up in no-holds-barred hits below the belt. Pitted against the acerbic Manish Tiwari of Congress, even the once gentle Nirmala Sitaraman of BJP turns equally aggressive. How then can one expect them to throw light on current and emerging issues?

Unfortunately, for states like Tamil Nadu there is the added factor of an adversarial approach: the AIADMK has been bitterly opposed to the UPA government at the Centre, in which its arch-rival the DMK was a part. This has resulted in an unhealthy situation of the state opposing any and every move of the Centre. Look at the list of some of these not so much related to politics but to vital development issues:

The stalling of the elevated expressway connecting the Chennai Port and the Ennore Port via Maduravoyal handled by the National Highway Authority of India for over a year.

The state has stopped work on laying gas pipeline across the state connecting Kochi with Bengaluru that will provide piped gas facility to towns and villages in Coimbatore, Tiruppur, Erode, Namakkal, Salem, Dharmapuri, and Krishnagiri districts.

The state is opposing the move of the Centre to offer a small portion of the shares of Neyveli Lignite Corporation to the public. The state opting to buy 3.56 per cent of shares in a total 10 per cent divestment cannot have any impact on management control.

The most recent is the state suspending exploration activities for methane gas in the Cauvery delta area.

The TN Chief Minister is as inaccessible as Sonia Gandhi, the Congress President, at the Centre. The Central leadership is unable to open up dialogue even on such vital economic issues.

In the Congress, Pranab Mukherjee had a suave leader of stature and a troubleshooter acceptable to a wide spectrum of political leaders. Sadly, the Congress today lacks another such leader. Chidambaram at the best of times, has not been gregarious. Even Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh once described  PC as ‘intellectually arrogant.’

And at the state level the Dravidian parties have failed to build a strong second line leadership. Thus, the present impasse continues.

IE has been suggesting greater attention to planning by policymakers and public sector corporations working in the state. GAIL, involved in laying gas pipelines, could have taken the initiative to get the Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Chairman of the company to do the ground work. Even while IE organised a seminar demanding such a pipeline in 2009, sadly, there was little effort on the part of the Centre and GAIL to apprise sections of the state on this project. The same goes for large public sector corporations like the NLC, SAIL and BHEL. Neither the concerned ministers nor the chairmen and other senior executives of these companies bother to establish close rapport with policymakers in the state. The result is lack of appreciation of the vital contribution made by these corporations to the state’s economy.

With elections round the corner and with the AIADMK firmly pitted against the Congress-DMK alliance, there appears little prospects of any improvement in Centre-state relations in the near future.

 

Author :
Reported On :
Sector :
Shoulder :
RELATED NEWS
ABOUT IE
IE, the business magazine from south was launched in 1968 and pioneered business journalism in south. Through the 45 years IE has been focusing on well-presented and well-researched articles. When giants in the industry stumbled to keep pace with the digital revolution, IE stayed affixed embracing technology.
Read more
 
PRIVACY POLICY
Economist Communications Ltd is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected.
Read more
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
You agree that your use of this Website and the purchase of the magazine will be governed by these terms and conditions.
Read more
 
CONTACT US
S-15, Industrial Estate,
Guindy,
Chennai - 600 032.
PHONE: +91 44 22501236
EMAIL: indecom1968@gmail.com