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ITBP Bill and Maharashtra

Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) has sent a bill for Rs.10.87 crores to Maharashtra government for providing security to Ajmal Kasab for the period from 28 March 2009 to 30 September 2010. Maharashtra government says it does not have the money and has discontinued ITBP protection to Ajmal Kasab.

There was no need to deploy 200 men to guard Ajmal Kasab. The trial was inside the jail. There were other expenses that were unnecessary like constructing a hospital ward for him at the cost of 2 crore rupees which was not used and a tunnel at the cost of 50 lakh rupees which was rarely used.

Ajmal Kasab is a convict sentenced to death and should be treated like other convicts sentenced to death. His appeal is pending in the High Court. After that he may appeal to the Supreme Court and send mercy petition to the president. The cost of keeping him alive upto that time is estimated to be 40 crore rupees.

What happens to the money Maharashtra gets from various taxes? Compared to the tax collection Maharashtra makes 10.87 crores is a small amount and it is laughable that Maharashtra is unable to pay that amount. Law and order is a state subject and Maharashtra should pay the amount. It is not right to refuse payment on the ground that Ajmal Kasab is the responsibility of the whole country and international community is watching us. Ajmal Kasab is not a prisoner of war. We need not worry about international community. Many things happen in the world and international community does nothing.

In future ITBP should raise bills on a monthly basis. That will save them lot of trouble. It is not known why they do not raise bills on a monthly basis. They should also send the bill for the period from 1 October 2010 to the date they discontinued in May 2011 soon to Maharashtra.

Railway Protection Force (RPF) must learn a lesson from what happened to ITBP and raise a bill for Mamata Banerjee’s security with effect from 20/5/2011, the day she became chief minister of West Bengal and took about 80 personnel from RPF for her personal security. RPF is for railways and not meant to provide security to a chief minister.

Power Cuts and Problems

In 2003, in Evershine City, power cuts used to be twice during the week for three hours each. Over the years the situation has become worse. Now there are power cuts twice or more times during the day and the total duration is six hours or more. Timings of power cuts change.

Power cuts are erratic. Timings change. Plans go awry. Besides other things, this affects payment of electricity bills. Timings for payment of electricity bills are 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m. Fridays closed. I have to make payments on Sundays.

Till some time back power cuts on Sundays used to be from 7.30 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. I have to attend mass on Sunday Yesterday (11/2/2007) power cut began at 9.30 a.m. I expected it to resume at 12.00 noon at went to pay electricity bill. Till 12.10 p.m. power supply did not resume. There was no hope of resuming at 12.30 p.m. I had to attend a wedding and I left. I could not be back by 3.00 p.m. and hence I will have to go again to pay the bill.

Some months back receipts were prepared manually. Now the receipts are computerized. When there is no electricity payments are not received. Sometimes there is electricity and computer is out of order.

Sometimes there is power cut at night. It becomes difficult to do many things.

What happened to power supply from Dabhol plant and Tarapore 3?

Maharashtra Government should take steps for regular power supply. If other states are drawing Maharashtra’s power it should do islanding. Free power supply to farmers should stop. Farmers do not pay Income Tax and many have better incomes than city dwellers. It is difficult to provide anything free to a large number of people for a long time. Farmers also have power cuts. It is good if farmers pay for the power supply and get power at all times.