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The deluge and the several kindly souls Breaking news or breaking credibility? Star of the South Policy Makers Two welcome measures from the chief minister... Skewed Economic Zones? A Fine division of responsibilities Much ado about nothing A gratifying record It’s raining funds for states. Really? They add lustre to Padma Awards Make way for Make in India... The Great Fall Trail-blazing Tamil Nadu Weaving wealth of western Tamil Nadu Little surplus after salaries, subsidies and debt servicing Reform this licence to…kill Need for radical RBI reform You too T M Krishna? Chennai Airport-Ready for a rapid take off... Sowing seeds of hope An eventful week with VVIPs of Delhi Cleansing Indian retail An eco-friendly commute in Mysuru Rail-road Rajaraman Kudos to GIM organisers... Research for survival... Better relations with UK... Indian GST – Between extremes… TN - so much to offer... Focus on southern TN... No groundnuts in groundnut oil! Jobs - Lost, Changed or Gained Welcome move to widen the tax net… Why (not) abolish? Technology and economic development should be linked Deming awardees galore! Miles to go... Healthy finances of the Chennai Corporation Need plan over the long term planning Why throw baby with bath water? Land, land everywhere, but... Industry can’t get it from Mars, yet After all, customer is the king Welcome rains for damaged roads... Tax evaders’ get out of Jail-Free Card Sustainably developing manufacturing sector… Truce at Kasturi Buildings Babes In the wood-RBI North block has little clue to curb inflation A blueprint for the future Public investments and welfare will surge What the big B should offer? MS Installed Babes In the wood-RBI North block has little clue to curb inflation Well-administered State Welcome Measures. Work for 10X Change CAD and the emergency thereof CSR, tech revolution and bank crisis How will it PAN OUT Focus on agriculture and human resources A tale of two Bihar babus In the horns of a dilemma INDIA keeps its date with destiny Wanted: decentralised financial system If not Tamil Nadu, where else? Strategic planning the missing link A historic indirect tax reform South India’s 100 most valuable companies Sardar Sarovar – the seventy year itch Much can be done by us Tryst with GST Outward ho PC please be our Santa Oh my GOLD Low profile moves Pool energy prices BJP can now hasten its thrust for reforms When the examiner cheated... Ganesh’s mantras A dual GST that will protect prosperous states Economy through the month 1800 parties registered with EC – Less than 60 contest elections
 
Rail-road Rajaraman

Days were when North Block, the home for finance ministry, used to be crowded with Tamil IAS officers. In the 1990s we had K P Geethakrishnan (Finance), M R Sivaraman (Revenue) and K Venkatesan (Expenditure).  Their number has thinned down. 

I met with K Rajaraman in the Expenditure Secretariat, in-charge of large projects (exceeding Rs 500 crore). A former MD of Chennai Metrorail, Rajaraman pointed to the large number of road projects, part of Bharat Mala, getting ready for clearance.

Another officer from the Tamil Nadu cadre, is S Gopalakrishnan, now with Electronics & IT department. While most policymakers-ministers and bureaucrats didn’t respond to mails requesting for meetings, vital for distant countrymen like me on short visits to Delhi, he responded by inviting me to drop in any time during the visit! n



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