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    Only for khaas aadmi

    A former prime minister, the late Rajiv Gandhi, shocked the country and even his own party when he admitted that out of every rupee spent by the government, only 17 paise actually reached the aam aadmi. The rest disappears into the bottomless cesspool of corruption. If bridges come tumbling down like the Mandovi bridge in the 80s and public buildings like the state museum become unfit for use within 15 years of their construction and pot holes surface within days of a road being freshly tarred and paved, it is admittedly because out of every rupee of developmental works tendered, 80 paise goes into the pocket of politicians and contractors. Similarly, in the case of every welfare scheme announced by the central and state government, at least 60 paise or more go into the pockets of politicians and their agents. It is easier for the ordinary aam aadmi and aurat to pass through the eyehole of the needle than to get pension under the Dayananand Social Security Scheme (DSSS). The same is the case with Rs One lakh, which was earlier available to the girl child on getting married under the Kanyadan scheme and the present Ladli Laxmi Scheme or for the Gawdi and Kunbi housewives to get the inflation allowance of Rs 1,000 guaranteed under the Griha Aadhar Scheme announced by Manohar Parrikar in his first budget after returning to power in the 2012 Legislative Assembly elections.

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    Cold, bitter, cynical, empty week!

    SIGH. THIS week has really been one of my cold, bitter, cynical, empty weeks! It’s been a down-in-the-dumps week devoid of any sublime foodie moments and I’ve been complaining to the hubby that my life is so boring…”I’m dying of boredom and I don’t want to work, do something.”

    Samir takes on Surendra, Sidharth for Panaji

    AND A few more stray thoughts and a few more observations for yet another Saturday. For a Saturday following the week when the countdown for the by-elections to the Panaji legislative assembly seat began. For a Saturday following the week when the chief minister, Laxmikant Parsekar, was compelled to increase the size of the contingency fund for paying salaries of government staff for the month of December. For a Saturday following the week when the tourism minister, Dilip Parulekar demanded that the no development zone under the Coastal Regulations rules should be reduced to hundred metres in the interest of development of tourism. For a Saturday following the week when there were demands at the chintan baithak of the BJP for snapping ties with the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party. For a Saturday following the week when the union home minister, Rajnath Singh claimed that our pundits were superior even to the observatories put up by the most advanced countries like the United States of America.

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    AND A few more stray thoughts and a few more observations for yet another Saturday. For a Saturday following the week when the countdown for the by-elections to the Panaji legislative assembly seat began. For a Saturday following the week when the chief minister, Laxmikant Parsekar, was compelled to increase the size of the contingency fund for paying salaries of government staff for the month of December. For a Saturday following the week when the tourism minister, Dilip Parulekar demanded that the no development zone under the Coastal Regulations rules should be reduced to hundred metres in the interest of development of tourism. For a Saturday following the week when there were demands at the chintan baithak of the BJP for snapping ties with the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party. For a Saturday following the week when the union home minister, Rajnath Singh claimed that our pundits were superior even to the observatories put up by the most advanced countries like the United States of America.

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    Cold, bitter, cynical, empty week!

    SIGH. THIS week has really been one of my cold, bitter, cynical, empty weeks! It’s been a down-in-the-dumps week devoid of any sublime foodie moments and I’ve been complaining to the hubby that my life is so boring…”I’m dying of boredom and I don’t want to work, do something.”

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